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Alternative data sheds light on Tesla’s mysterious delivery numbers

Tesla’s strong Q3 delivery numbers - more than doubling from the prior quarter - was good news for the company. But a new report on mysterious lots of Tesla vehicles appearing across America has fanned speculation that those numbers may not be what they seem. Quandl’s alternative data also indicates that there may be more than meets the eye. UPDATE (October 26, 2018): The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI has stepped up a criminal investigation of whether Tesla is misstating production figures. On Tuesday, October 2, Tesla announced a doubling of deliveries in the third quarter to...

Going Once, Going Twice: Alternative Data Gives IronPlanet Acquisition Second Take

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (TSE:RBA) (NYSE:RBA), the world’s largest industrial auctioneer, released its first earnings announcement yesterday after its May 2017 acquisition of IronPlanet for USD 750m. The reported EPS of USD 0.33 and USD 166.19m revenue handily beat the consensus estimates of analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, which called for adjusted EPS of USD 0.31 on revenue of USD 163.4m. The stock has responded by rallying over 8% in next-day trading. We believe that analysts underestimated the results because they lacked insight into the boost in gross merchandise volume (GMV) that the IronPlanet acquisition provided. Ritchie Bros. has underperformed the...

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...

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...

Icebergs, Chameleons and Vipers: A Survey of FX Execution

The foreign exchange market has long been the most decentralized and opaque of all markets. As a result, FX traders labor under major informational disadvantages compared to their peers in other asset classes. Unlike equity markets, where SEC regulations mandate that public exchanges report transaction prices and daily trading volumes, FX boasts no such unified data sources. There are no central exchanges, pits or bulletin boards. Instead, FX transactions take place via a million phone calls, client visits, email threads and trading platforms. The entire market is over-the-counter, party to party, and nobody knows what anybody else is doing beyond...

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