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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...

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...

Uncovering Volume and Improving FX Execution with Data

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. The entire market is over-the-counter, party to party, and nobody knows what anybody else is doing beyond the price they’re bidding and offering. In forex, volume is an imperceptible undercurrent. Investment banks see some...

How Email Receipts Predicted GoPro’s Q3 Earnings

The street got a big surprise last week when GoPro reported earnings. Shares dropped sharply in Friday morning trading after the company reported a loss of 60 cents per share on $240.56 million in revenue. Analyst expectations were much milder at a loss of 36 cents per share on $314.06 million in revenue. GoPro cited production issues as the cause for both the third quarter miss and the guidance for Q4. Prior to the earnings announcement, most pundits were bullish – or at least neutral –  on GoPro: see MarketWatch coverage, AmigoBulls, and this note from Raymond James. This is...

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