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Announcing the Third Annual Quandl Data Conference

The industry-leading event for data-driven investing is coming in February. Our co-founder and Chief Data Officer Abraham Thomas shares why he is particularly excited by this year's conference. We’re so excited to announce that the third annual Quandl Data Conference is happening on February 28th, 2019, again at Convene’s West 46th Street location. This is our flagship event, formerly known as the Alternative Data Conference. Why the name change, you might ask? “Alternative” is a label that is becoming less appropriate everyday. For our customers, data is the fuel that runs their business , no matter what prefix you give...

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...

Corporate Aviation Intelligence: The Sky’s the Limit

I’m pleased to announce the launch of Quandl’s Corporate Aviation Intelligence (CAI) product. This institutional-grade product tracks corporate air travel to yield actionable insights into M&A, corporate expansion, competitive intelligence and other market-moving events. TAKEOFF In late January 2017 Actelion's stock jumped by more than 20%, taking the market by surprise. Everyone, that is, except for three hedge funds. Och-Ziff, Eton Park and Elliott Management are said to have tracked J&J’s private jet landing near pharmaceutical company Actelion’s Switzerland headquarters in mid-January. Days later J&J announced a $30 billion acquisition of Actelion, resulting in $300M in upside for these three...

UPDATE: Iron Ore in a Meltdown?

UPDATE: We recently published an updated report on our iron ore monthly insights, featuring our Q1 estimates for each company. Our monthly report is released two to three weeks earlier than public company data. We currently distributed our monthly report on FactSet and Thomson Reuters.  Back in November, the Chinese government imposed regulations on steel production to curb the pollution in areas surrounding Beijing. We predicted that the restrictions would pull the players in iron ore industry in opposing directions: While the general reduction of steel production would reduce the overall demand for iron ore, the intense crackdown on domestic...

Searching for an Edge with Alternative Data

When Johnson & Johnson agreed to buy Actelion for $30 billion on January 26, 2017, its stock soared almost 20 percent. The deal was the largest in J&J’s 130-year history. This was good news for Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC (who had built a stake worth about $766 million), Eton Park Capital Management (whose bet was almost $500 million) and Elliott Management Corp. ($200 million). The three funds, however, did not make their bets blind; they had backed up their belief by good old-fashioned sleuthing. They tracked J&J’s private jet movements with alternative data. According to Bloomberg, “as a Johnson...

Essential Data Feeds for Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is a hungry beast. It subsists on a continuous input of trillions of data points, incessantly churning, chewing and spitting out insights. The data scientist or AI specialist must continuously seek new data sources to feed the beast and fine-tune their creation. At Quandl we’re accustomed to providing financial professionals with new and unique data feeds to augment their trading strategies. In recent months, however, we’ve seen a notable increase in the number of AI and machine learning companies requesting such data. To us, this signals growth in the number of AI practitioners deploying functional algorithms in business....

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