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Bharti Airtel gets more aggressive with new product launches: FiND media study

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Telecom operator Bharti Airtel has accelerated the pace of new product launches in the past 3-months to fight competition from rivals like Reliance Jio, Vodafone, and Idea.

FiND media coverage study showed that Bharti Airtel topped the product launch related news flow among major telecos consistently for the past 3-months. Moreover, the product launch related news updates from India’s largest telecom operator for the current quarter touched the highest level in the past 4-quarters.
Bharti
[Image 1: Monthly product launch news volume for the leading telecos]

Our analysis showed that Bharti Airtel has ramped up new product launches significantly following the launched of postpaid plan by Reliance Jio on May 10. India’s largest telecom operator has launched new prepaid plans; various data and unlimited calling offers; affordable 4G smartphones; and Apple Watch 3 LTE during the past month. As a result, Bharti Airtel’s product launch news volume touched a multi-year high in May 2018.
Bharti Daily
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Does significant change in correlation between US and SG yields indicate an opportunity?

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The discovery and real-time monitoring of macroeconomic data are the two key gaps that the financial researchers face. To bridge this gap, Heckyl has introduced a unique Macroeconomic Data Analytics product.

Historically, Singapore and the US 10-year bond yields have witnessed strong positive correlation. However, the recent rally in US 10-year bond yield above 2.9% (given better-than-expected jobs data) has changed historical correlation with Singapore 10-year bond yield. In fact, this correlation has turned negative in the past 7 days.

US-Singapore 10-Yr Yield Correlation
(Correlation as on Jun. 6, 2018)

Given the mean-reverting nature of yields, does this signify an opportunity to trade in the fixed income market?

US-Singapore 10-Yr Yield

To know more about our Macroeconomic Data Analytics platform, email us at info@heckyl.com

IndiGo most affected airline by disruption in flight services: FiND media study

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An analysis of media coverage on the leading air carriers in India has shown that Interglobe Aviation was the most affected airline by the disruption in flight services during the past 5-months.

Interglobe Aviation, the operator of IndiGo Airlines has dominated disruption related news flow among major Indian airlines in the past 5-months. It was followed by Air India and Jet Airways. On the other hand, SpiceJet attracted fewer news items related to disruption.

Airlines Compare
[Image 1: Compare news volume by sentiment and/ or category]

Technical issues, engine failure (A320 Neo planes), and flight delays & cancellations have disrupted operations of IndiGo Airlines during the past 5-months. Read the rest of this entry »

FiND Sentiment-based Strategy beats STI companies’ 1-year stock returns

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Heckyl has developed FiND sentiment moving average (MA) strategy for measuring the potential impact of the positive/ negative news flow on the value of equities in real-time. The sentiment MA strategy indicates bullish/bearish signals based on the crossover of fast and slow moving averages of the company’s daily sentiment score.

We back-tested our sentiment MA strategy on 27 companies (excl. banks) from Straits Times index (STI). Our back-testing has proved the potential of sentiment MA strategy to beat STI companies’ stock price performance.

If an investor/a trader was to buy/sell STI stocks as per the bullish/bearish signal and hold the position for the period till the signal reverses, then an equal investment in 27 STI stocks could have yielded 6.3% return over the past 1-year (as against 0.3% price return).

STI Returns
[Image 1: Investment performance based on sentiment signal and stock performance]

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These 3 drugmakers’ news sentiment consistently remains below industry average

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FiND study showed that the news sentiment for 3 drug-makers from top 25 pharma companies consistently remained below the industry average for the past 12-months. FDC, Sun Pharma Advanced Research and Caplin Point Laboratories were 3 companies whose short-term, medium-term and long-term news sentiment consistently stayed below the industry average for the past 12-months.

In our view, below industry average news sentiment for a prolonged period of time does not augur well for the company. Corporate communications team can step up media engagement at the appropriate time by picking up early signals for deteriorating news coverage.

Drugmakers Sentiment Consol chart - Short
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