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The role of accruals and cash flows in explaining security returns: Evidence from New Zealand

Ahsan Habib

Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, 2008, vol. 17, issue 1, 51-66

Abstract: This paper empirically examines the relative and incremental information content of earnings and cash flows and the role of firm-specific contextual factors in moderating information content in New Zealand. Accounting earnings are considered to be the premier information source for decision making and a substantial volume of literature, primarily in the United States, shows that earnings provide superior information to that of cash flows. However, significant reporting differences in New Zealand warrant and investigation of the role of earnings and cash flows to explain security returns. Results show that (a) earnings have higher explanatory power than cash flows, although the difference is not statistically significant, and (b) both earnings and cash flows have incremental information content for stock returns. Further analysis shows that the valuation role of earnings and cash flows is moderated by firm-specific factors.

Keywords: Cash flows; Earnings; Firm size (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
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DOI: 10.1016/j.intaccaudtax.2008.01.003

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