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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...

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...

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