Customer Satisfaction, Analyst Stock Recommendations, and Firm Value


Luo, Xueming ; Homburg, Christian ; Wieseke, Jan


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/27338
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-273384
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2009
The title of a journal, publication series: Reihe: Wissenschaftliche Arbeitspapiere / Institut für Marktorientierte Unternehmensführung
Volume: W127e
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publishing house: Inst. für Marktorientierte Unternehmensführung, Univ. Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Business School > ABWL u. Marketing I (Homburg)
Subject: 330 Economics
Abstract: Although managers are interested in the financial value of customers and researchers point out the importance of stock analysts who advise investors, no studies seem to have explored the implications of customer satisfaction for analyst stock recommendations. On the basis of a large-scale longitudinal dataset, the authors find that positive changes in customer satisfaction not only improve analyst recommendations but also lower dispersion in those recommendations for the firm. These effects are stronger when product market competition is high and financial market uncertainty is large. Also, analyst recommendations at least partially mediate the effects of changes in satisfaction on firm abnormal return, systematic risk, and idiosyncratic risk. Analyst recommendations represent a mechanism through which customer satisfaction affects firm value. Thus, if analysts pay attention to Main Street customer satisfaction, then Wall Street investors should have good reason to listen and follow. Overall, our research reveals satisfaction’s impact on analyst-based outcomes and firm value metrics and calls attention to the construct of customer satisfaction as a key intangible asset for the investor community.

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Luo, Xueming ; Homburg, Christian ; Wieseke, Jan (2009) Customer Satisfaction, Analyst Stock Recommendations, and Firm Value. Open Access Reihe: Wissenschaftliche Arbeitspapiere / Institut für Marktorientierte Unternehmensführung Mannheim W127e [Working paper]
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