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Clean up TRACE Enhanced dataset

WRDS provides an excellent manual (link) and SAS code (link) for cleaning up the raw TRACE Enhanced bond transaction data, primarily based on the work done by Dick‐Nielsen, Jens, How to Clean Enhanced TRACE Data (December 3, 2014). Available at … Continue reading

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SAS macro to count the number of analysts following a firm

This macro is used to count the number of analysts who followed a specific firm. Although this is a commonly used measure in literature, prior studies often give a vague description on what they do. The question is—what does “analysts … Continue reading

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Calculate idiosyncratic stock return volatility

I have noted two slightly different definitions of idiosyncratic stock return volatility in: Campbell, J. Y. and Taksler, G. B. (2003), Equity Volatility and Corporate Bond Yields. The Journal of Finance, 58: 2321–2350. doi:10.1046/j.1540-6261.2003.00607.x Rajgopal, S. and Venkatachalam, M. (2011), … Continue reading

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Download FR Y-9C data from WRDS

WRDS currently populates FR Y-9C data quarter by quarter in individual datasets, like BHCF200803, BHCF200806, BHCF200809 and so on. WRDS has not stacked those individual datasets to formulate a single time-series dataset like COMPUSTAT. There are two ways to overcome … Continue reading

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The impact of WRDS transition to the new WRDS Cloud server

WRDS has quietly started the transition from the old server to the new Cloud server. This move makes a lot of support documentation on the WRDS website outdated and misleading. That is why I think WRDS should direct its resources on continuously … Continue reading

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Rolling-window computation in SAS and Stata

SASers often find proc expand plus transformout very useful for rolling-window (or moving-window) computation. Stataers may wonder if there is a counter party in Stata. The answer is “yes”. The command in Stata is rolling. See the manual below: http://www.stata.com/manuals13/tsrolling.pdf The … Continue reading

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SAS macro for event study and beta

There are two macros on the List of WRDS Research Macros: EVTSTUDY and BETA, which may be often used. I like the first one, written by Denys Glushkov. Denys’ codes are always elegant. I don’t like the second one because … Continue reading

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If beginning year and ending year are known, how to fill in years in between?

Question: Suppose two companies A and B are connected in some years. Say, right now the data structure is the following: Company 1 Company 2 Starting Year Ending Year A B 2000 2006 A C 1998 2003 C D 1995 … Continue reading

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SAS macro to get analysts EPS consensus for a given fiscal period end (DATADATE) by a selected date (DATE)

Update: contains error! will update later. I write this macro to compute analysts’ quarterly EPS consensus on a selected date (DATE) for a given fiscal quarter end (DATADATE). This macro can be easily modified for other types of estimates (e.g., annual EPS). This macro … Continue reading

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Link Audit Analytics, Compustat, CRSP and I/B/E/S

The following program is used to link each financial restatement in Audit Analytics to Compustat, CRSP, and I/B/E/S. The resultant dataset aa contains unique identifiers of Audit Analytics (res_notify_key), Compustat (gvkey), CRSP (permno), and I/B/E/S (ibtic). Please note this program … Continue reading

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