Prior literature finds the price adjustment after earnings announcements is not immediate. This paper provides evidence that informed investors act strategically to prevent their information from immediately affecting prices after earnings announcements. Specifically, we examine the price discovery at the preopening auction after earnings announcements. We show that traders place more orders at the end of the preopening after earnings announcements, a behavior that reduces the market's ability to learn their information, and we find they profit from these late orders.

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