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Stock Sentiment Data: Measuring the Mood of the Market

For as long as there have been stock markets, there have been investors trying to beat the markets. Some investors use fundamental analysis: the deep perusal of financial statements and operating models, to gauge the health of a company and its future earnings. Other investors use technical analysis: the search for repeating and exploitable patterns in price action. Still others invoke macroeconomic conditions, or business cycles, or even sunspots, to inform their trading decisions. A brief history of stock sentiment One of the oldest and most lucrative investment strategies is also the simplest: sentiment analysis. If you know what other...

An Introduction to Chinese Futures Data

Chinese futures data has always been in high demand among our users. For years, China consumed more commodities than any other country. The current economic slump and "commodities hangover" have only heightened the interest in data on Chinese futures. That's why we're especially excited to offer these new free databases on the four mainland exchanges. Chinese futures and the commodities hangover The impact of booms and busts on commodities is nothing new, but China's rapid growth in the face of the 2008 recession changed the game. Most countries needed to slash interest rates to keep their economies afloat. The extremely low interest rates helped China grow even faster. It...

Talking to Tradestreaming About Unbundling

Recently, our CEO Tammer Kamel spoke to Tradestreaming about how we’re unbundling both financial data and financial apps. You can read the entire interview here. Below is an excerpt: Looking at Product Hunt, it appears a lot of new apps are being built using your APIs. What’s happening here and what does this ecosystem look like years down the road? Yes, this is an exciting development for us. Currently, there are over a hundred financial and analytical apps built on top of Quandl’s API, all created by the Quandl community. You can get Quandl data into scientific and mathematical tools...

Bring Your Own Tool: the Latest Trend in Data Analysis

The role of the data analyst is changing. The best analysts know that different tasks require different tools. The End of Bundling Once upon a time, data purchases came bundled with data consumption software. You couldn't just buy a dataset; you had to install a proprietary data downloader. You couldn’t just view the data on your computer; you needed a custom visualizer, or even a full-fledged data terminal. And you couldn't do whatever you wanted with the data; you were forced to work within the applications provided to you by the vendor. Today, this seems absurd. In 2016, analysts don't...

Expanding Quandl’s European Futures Data

Futures data has always been an area of focus for Quandl. Our newest databases expand our coverage significantly. Futures Data on Quandl When we launched Quandl three years and 20 million datasets ago, futures coverage was a major strength. We had excellent data for North American futures markets, especially the CME and CBOT. Over the years, we added several more North American exchanges: ICE, Minneapolis, Montreal and CBOE. We also added supporting data from the CFTC. Then we expanded into international markets: futures data from Singapore, Shanghai, Tokyo, Osaka, Mumbai, Dubai and other exchanges. When we launched our data marketplace...

2016: The Year Ahead

We're just getting started on our mission to transform the world of data. In the last few years, we’ve come a long way. We grew by leaps and bounds in 2015. But there's a lot left to do. Here are some of the things we have planned for 2016: More Data Our biggest priority is improving our data coverage. We plan to expand the quantity of data on Quandl substantially. We also plan to improve the quality: better, more accurate free data, and reliable, pedigreed premium data from blue-chip vendors. If there’s any particular data you’d like to see on Quandl,...

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