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Finding and using stock fundamentals data

The power of fundamental analysis to ascertain the value of a company is based on the idea that all businesses essentially carry out the same, common activities. These activities can range from salaries and marketing spend to spending on research and capital assets, and receiving investment income.  Because these activities can all be reduced to financial quantities, they can therefore be directly compared across companies. Analysts can use common metrics like revenues, R&D spend, COGS and free cash flow to create an accurate assessment of comparative value between, for example, a software stock versus an auto stock. Between the advent...

A guide to finding and using stock quotes data

Today’s stock market investors draw from a wealth of data to build their investment strategies.  One such source of data is the stock quotes that form part of the foundation of trading strategies—from open to close and everything in between, accurate and reliable stock quotes are indispensable building blocks. The adage of “garbage in, garbage out” follows all types of data, and it’s no less important when evaluating the quality of your stock quotes data. In this post, we’ll dive into what accurate and reliable stock quotes data looks like, where you can find it and how you can access...

Black Friday Surprise: E-Commerce Intelligence from Quandl

Quandl’s newest dataset: 1000+ brands, $15bn revenue, 250+ e-tailers Every year, after a day of poultry-themed festivities, millions of Americans follow their tryptophan rush with the biggest days in retail: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And, every year, the proportional amount of online shopping increases. Following the trend, Black Friday 2019 should see yet another decrease in foot traffic and yet another increase in digital sales. As online purchases become a larger segment of total retail, e-commerce activity becomes more representative of overall company performance. For the data-driven investor, this means that access to e-commerce sales data is an increasingly...

Bollinger Band Breakout Augmented with FX Volume

This alternative data in action post looks at the power of currency volume data. CLS has just published the first true global foreign exchange (FX) volume database. Commercially available for the first time via Quandl, this database is the most accurate, most comprehensive and timeliest gauge of currency trading volume ever published. In this post, we present the results of augmenting a well-known FX trading strategy - Bollinger Band breakout - with data from our CLS Daily FX Volume database. This database, along with the CLS Hourly Volume database, offers access to the broadest set of executed trade data in...

Finally: A comprehensive, global FX volume database

There is a paradigm change towards increased transparency in the currency market.  CLS has just published the first true global foreign exchange (FX) volume database.  Commercially available for the first time via Quandl, this database is the most accurate, most comprehensive and timeliest gauge of currency trading volume ever published.  CLS’ new FX volume data has been described by one of our customers as “the missing link”.  This post explains why. The Challenge of FX Trading FX is one of the hardest markets from which to profit.  Currencies are incredibly volatile and masquerade as normally distributed only to pop violently in...

Data alternatives – and alternative data – to use during U.S. government shutdowns

The US government shutdown ended on January 25, but with funding only restored until this Friday (February 15), analysts, economists, and other data-dependent specialists may be again in need of reliable alternatives. The 35-day shutdown was the longest ever and left many users - even the Federal Reserve - without the data needed for investment and policy-making decisions.  The most notable gaps were in data collected and released by of the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the Census Bureau, both under the Commerce Department. Also sidelined were the Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service and its Economic Research...

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