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Seeger, N., Kaeck, A., and Johannes, M. (2019). Option pricing of earnings announcement risks. Review of Financial Studies, 32(2):646–687.


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    Review of Financial Studies

This paper uses option prices to learn about the equity price uncertainty surrounding information released on earnings announcement dates. To do this, we introduce reduced-form models and estimators to separate price uncertainty about earnings announcements from normal day-to-day volatility. Empirically, we find strong support for the importance of earnings announcements. We find that the anticipated price uncertainty is quantitatively large, varies across time, and is informative about the future return volatility. Finally, we quantify the impact of earnings announcements on formal option pricing models.