Using equity analyst coverage to determine stock similarity

John Robert Yaros, Tomasz Imielinski

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Abstract

With the observation that equity analysts tend to cover similar stocks, we propose a simple, intuitive method to convert their coverage sets into pairwise similarity values among stocks. These values are shown to have a strong positive relationship with future stock-return correlation. Further, these values are easily combined with historical correlation. Together, they produce more accurate predictions of future correlation than either does separately. Using an agglomerative clusterer and a genetic algorithm in a pipeline approach, we use the pairwise values to form clusters of similar stocks. We compare these clusters against a leading industry classification system, GICS, finding that the clusters from the combined analyst and correlation pairwise values tend to perform at least as well as GICS and often better. In an application of our pairwise values, we consider a hypothetical scenario where an investor wishes to hedge a long position in a single stock. Our results indicate that using the analyst similarity values to select a hedge portfolio leads to greater risk reduction than using GICS or hedging with a broad-market index. Using a combination of historical correlation with the analyst values leads to even greater improvements.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics, CIFEr Proceedings
EditorsRui Jorge Almeida, Dietmar Maringer, Vasile Palade, Antoaneta Serguieva
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages399-406
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781479923809
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 14 2014
Event2014 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics, CIFEr 2014 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: Mar 27 2014Mar 28 2014

Publication series

NameIEEE/IAFE Conference on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering, Proceedings (CIFEr)

Other

Other2014 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence for Financial Engineering and Economics, CIFEr 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period3/27/143/28/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Finance

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