This study offers solutions to help address practical issues researchers generally overlook when assessing gains from a trading signal. Specifically, the methodologies used in previous research generally ignore investor risk aversion when forming portfolios, do not update portfolios as signals arrive, exploit look-ahead biases, do not assess the incremental gains of a new signal, and do not consider market frictions. We examine trading signals based on post-earnings announcement drift (PEAD), the earnings announcement premium (EAP), and earnings announcement rescheduling (RES). Using our proposed approach, we find that portfolios that incorporate the individual signals produce higher Sharpe ratios than equal-weighted portfolios; however, the gains for each signal are concentrated to a few days around the announcement. The EAP and RES signals do not provide incremental portfolio gains over the PEAD signal. After considering market frictions, portfolio performance rapidly attenuates and becomes similar to the SPY ETF as the portfolio size increases.

JEL Classifications: G12; G14; G17.

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