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Stock Market Data: The Ultimate Guide [Part 2]

Continuing with our guide to stock market data, in this post we will detail the various databases available for analyst ratings and targets, options, futures and indexes, and alternative data. If you haven't yet read Part One then you may do so by visiting here or else continue reading for Part Two. Analyst Ratings and Targets Understanding what other investors and analysts expect from a stock is a key component of forecasting that stock accurately. In certain cases, rosy analyst ratings may reflect a healthy underlying company; in other cases, they may reflect a consensus that is ripe to be...

API for Zacks Earnings Data

US Earnings Data Quandl is the largest, most comprehensive, most accurate source of Zacks earnings data on the internet. Data coverage includes consensus earnings estimates, actual earnings, earnings estimates trends and earnings surprises for thousands of North American companies. Investors assess a company's stock performance based on its estimated future earnings. A company's earnings forecasts are based on analysts' expectation of its future growth and profitability. Earnings estimates are usually reported as a "consensus estimate", which is the average of all estimates made by analysts who follow the company's finances. The most important factor in influencing a stock's value in...

Stock Market Data: The Ultimate Guide [Part 1]

Introduction to Stock Market Data The volume and variety of data used by stock market investors have exploded in recent years. Gone are the days when stock prices and company fundamentals sufficed to build a robust investment strategy. Today, analysts and traders use a far wider set of data to inform their investment decisions: market structure data, sentiment and psychology data, consensus and survey data and much more. Quandl has the richest collection of publicly available equity data on the internet. This is Quandl’s guide to stock market data: What’s available, where to find it and how to use it....

The Cost of Free Data: Why Use Premium Stock Prices?

Quandl has always prided itself on making financial and economic data accessible to all investors. This is why a number of our datasets are free resources, like the Federal Reserve Economic Data (FRED) and US Energy Information Administration Data (EIA). While we’re happy to support these products for the foreseeable future, we nonetheless advocate for the use of premium sources for professional investors. Understandably, one of the most common questions we get is "Why should users pay for premium stock price data, when stock quotes are available for free from many different sources?" Free sources may be appropriate for casual...

Late Birds Get the Worm: Payment Data and Company Strength

In a recent Huffington Post article, Visa’s Head of Global Financial Education Nathaniel Sillin wrote, “Understanding how much it costs to manage a home and the importance of paying your bills on time can help you avoid costly mistakes.” While many readers would likely nod in agreement, Sillin’s sage advice is not as universal as you might think. At least not in the business world. Bloomberg has cited a report by Quandl’s partner Dun & Bradstreet (essentially the Experian and Equifax of the business world), claiming that “For big businesses, . . . things are different. For one thing, they...

Trumping Forex Movements with Volume Data

There have been many reports of statements or actions made by Donald Trump having an effect on the stock market. Planet Money even built a bot that trades based on the US president’s many Twitter musings. Now the correlation between political events and market movement has been confirmed in the foreign exchange world. As reported by Reuters, Quandl’s partner CLS Group recently published a report on the real-time correlations between significant political acts that took place during Trump’s first 100 days in office and currency market surges. After Trump ordered missile strikes on Syria, for instance, CLS data confirmed a...

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