Study: Investors could be misled by analysts’ recommendations

William Baker, Ph.D.Could individual investors be misled by equity analyst recommendations?

Yes, according to University of Akron Professor of Marketing William Baker, Ph.D., pictured.

In their paper, Equity Analyst Recommendations: A Case for Affirmative Disclosure?, published in the Journal of Consumer Affairs, Baker and colleague Gregory Dumont, Ph.D., suggest analyst recommendations have no predictive validity.

"This in-depth analysis of brokerage analyst buy, sell and hold ratings in the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P Technology Sector over a 14-year period from 1999 to 2013 revealed that equities with hold ratings consistently outperformed equities with buy ratings," Baker says.

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Homecoming King and Queen crowned

Please join the Department of Student Life and Campus Programs as we congratulate the 2015 Homecoming King & Queen, Amanda Pinheiro and Erik Zito.

Pinheiro is a senior from North Canton, Ohio. She is majoring in biomedical engineering and was nominated by the Student Athlete Advisory Council (S.A.A.C). Pinheiro is a member and holds leadership positions in numerous student organizations. In addition, Pinheiro serves on the Executive Board for S.A.A.C. and is a member of the varsity track and field team, competing in the long jump and triple jump for the Zips.

Zito is a senior from Twinsburg. He is majoring in psychology and was nominated by The Department of Residence Life and Housing. Throughout his time at UA, Zito has been involved with the Department of Residence Life and Housing and has taken leadership roles in numerous student organizations. Zito serves as the president of Mortar Board, Time to End Bullying, Born From a Boom-Box, and Legacy in the Making. 

Thank you to all the members of the 2015 Homecoming Royalty.

5-week session 1 graduate and undergraduate grades due Tuesday

5-week session 1 submission of graduate and undergraduate grades for the 2015 Fall term are due by midnight on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Grades must be submitted using My Akron.

  • To ensure that your final grade rosters will be available to you when you need them, it is recommended that you access My Akron as soon as possible to verify that an electronic class roster is presently available for each class/section that you are a primary or secondary instructor of record.  If a class roster is not available for each class/section that you teach, please contact your department immediately to correct the instructor-of-record information.
  • The assignment of an “I” (incomplete) grade “indicates that the student has done passing work in the course but that some part of the work is, for good and acceptable reason, not complete at the end of the term.” (
  • The assignment of an IP (in progress) grade “indicates that the student has not completed the scheduled coursework during the semester because the nature of the course does not permit completion within a single semester, such as work toward a thesis. An IP grade should be assigned only in graduate courses.” (
  • Instructors are strongly encouraged to enter a student's last date of attendance, if applicable, for those students receiving an "F" or "NCR" (no credit) grade.  Documentation regarding this process, as well as an online tutorial, are available on the Software Training and Technological Services website. 
  • Once a final grade (A – F or CR/NCR) has been posted, grade changes cannot be made electronically. In the event that you discover an error in the assignment of a final grade that has already been posted, you will need to complete and submit an official Change of Grade to the Office of the University Registrar.  The Change of Grade forms is available in My Akron through the Faculty/Staff tab.
  • Posted grades of an I (Incomplete), IP (In Progress) or NGR (No Grade Reported) may be changed online via the applicable grade roster in My Akron at any time after the I, IP or NGR has been posted.
  • Please take a moment to view the online “Record Grades” tutorial. This tutorial will provide you with instructions for entering grades.

Please direct technical questions about online grade entry to the Technology Learning Support Center at ext. 6888.  If you have any questions regarding the timeline for grade entry, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of the University Registrar at ext. 8300 or

Free depression screenings

The Counseling and Testing Center will sponsor free, 10 minute depression screenings on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015 for National Depression Screening Day. Screenings will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Piano Lounge of the Student Union. Screening will also be available in the third floor atrium of the Polsky Building between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Informational materials will be available, in addition to opportunities to speak with staff members from the Counseling and Testing Center about mental health issues.

The Counseling and Testing Center offers a full range of counseling services to currently enrolled students.  Services include personal, career and educational counseling, crisis intervention, testing for learning disorders, educational workshops, consultation and group counseling.  If you would like additional information, see our webpage or feel free to contact us at ext. 7082.

Student group playing 'Humans vs Zombies' should not cause alarm

With the recent school shooting in Oregon, UAPD has already taken a couple of calls on this student group's activity.

From Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 16, a student organization will be playing a "Humans versus Zombies" tag-like game that is played using Nerf style guns. 

Although rules prohibit students from playing the actual game inside of any campus building, UA faculty, staff and students may see players transporting their "weapons" in backpacks.  

There are strict rules regarding the types of “guns” used and they are not to be altered in color or any other way to make them more realistic. Students involved in the game will  be wearing bandanas around their arm or leg which signifies which team they are on. For more information or rules to the game log on to

Updated process for reserving and using outdoor space on campus

The University has updated its process for reserving and using outdoor space on campus for expressive activities. See the updated process.

Wellness Seminar: Are you feeling confident about retirement?

Ameriprise Financial invites you to a special seminar to help you "Plan for retirement. Challenge your concerns and take control." Save the date, Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to noon in Student Union 310.

Presented by Annie Zhang, CRPC, MBA, private wealth advisor, senior vice president, Amy Valentine, CFA, MBA, business development manager, Zhang & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.

With the markets and economy changing all the time, you may feel less than confident about reaching your retirement goals. This seminar will offer tips and strategies that can help you:

  • Plan to bring your retirement dreams and goals more within reach.
  • Determine how much you’ll need to save to reach your dreams, and find smart and sensible ways to save more.
  • Learn ways to generate dependable income that could last through your whole retirement.

Trumpet Day performances

Mark HughesJames Moore, associate professor of trumpet at West Virginia Wesleyan College, and Mark Hughes (inset), principal trumpet of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, join UA professor Dr. Mark Dulin for a day of masterclasses and performances on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Guzzetta Recital Hall. Moore’s 1 p.m. recital and Hughes’ 5 p.m. recital are free and open to the public. 

New Counseling and Testing Center workshops

Please share with your students the following workshops being offered by the Counseling and Testing Center:

  • Reduce Test Anxiety – Wednesday, Oct. 7, at  1 p.m.
  • Improve Your Test-Taking Skills – Monday, Oct. 12, at 10 a.m.
  • Managing Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity in the Workplace– Monday, Oct. 12  at 1 p.m.
  • Peace, Love and Happiness – Wednesday, Oct. 15, at Noon.

Call the Counseling and Testing Center at ext. 7082 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to sign up for our workshops.

Visit the Counseling and Testing Center website for additional information about these workshops and comprehensive psychological services.


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