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Singapore Inc’s growth news flow hits 2-year high in Apr’18

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News flow related to growth-oriented business activities of Singapore firms touched the highest level in 2-years in April 2018, according to a study conducted by Heckyl, a leading Fintech engaged in news and financial data analytics. A surge in growth-oriented news flow signals improvement in the business confidence among companies listed in Singapore.

M&A, partnerships, product launch, contracts, and expansion were top 5 categories leading growth news flow for Singapore listed companies in April 2018. At the company level, Singapore Airlines Ltd, IHH Healthcare Bhd, and Comfortdelgro Corp Ltd led the growth news flow during April 2018. 

Heckyl has a clear focus on reduction of the information arbitrage by “discovery and analysis” of the news flow in real time. Heckyl’s FiND News and Sentiment Analytics product analyses news + data from thousands of sources (including social media) in real time. Our proprietary tagging algorithm can tag a specific news category to any news based on the keywords in that news item.

Singapore Growth Sentiment 2-yr - Small size[Image 1: Search by Tags screen for Singapore] Read the rest of this entry »

Negative news flow outpaces positive coverage for these 5 companies

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Negative news flow has outpaced positive coverage for 20 companies from BSE 200 index during April 2018, FiND media study showed. ICICI Bank, Wipro, Idea Cellular, IDBI Bank and Suzlon were top 5 companies receiving extremely negative media coverage in April 2018.  

Positive Negative Ratio[Image 1: Positive to Negative News Ratio (The ratio value above 1 indicates mostly positive media coverage. On the other hand, the ratio value below 1 signals broadly negative media coverage.)] Read the rest of this entry »

Did you miss the recent rally in crude oil?

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April 2018 turned out to be a favorable month for crude oil prices. Rising geopolitical tensions in Syria and the Middle East coupled with higher demand and lower inventories aided a 5.6% rally in the crude oil prices in the past month. Moreover, the expectations of amicable resolution on trade war between the United States and China also supported a rise in crude oil prices.

FiND, alternative data platform has captured the key news items which supported rally in crude oil. At the same time, Heckyl platform has accurately captured underlying positive news sentiment around crude oil (Image 1).

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Toyota Yaris Launch in India: Honda City likely to lose more

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Toyota Yaris’s launch with an aggressive pricing will surely disturb the status quo in Mid-size Sedan segment in India.

In this study, we will be analyzing who will be getting impacted most by Toyota’s new arrival. We will be taking top 3 players from mid-size sedan segment as these names occupy close to 85% market share in a relatively less crowded segment. The top 3 models include Honda City, Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, and Hyundai Verna.

Toyota Yaris

Honda City is by far the largest selling model of Honda in India, constituting 31% of company’s total sales (1Q-18). Hyundai Verna, launched in 3Q-17, has been the largest gainer in the segment. Its market share has picked to 29% in 1Q-18 from 6% in 1Q-17. Unlike Honda’s City, Hyundai’s reliance on the model is much less and Verna constituted just 9% of Hyundai’s total sales in India in 1Q-18.

Maruti Suzuki’s Ciaz was launched in 4Q-14. Given MSIL’s diverse small car portfolio, its reliance on Ciaz is minimal. We believe that any disruption by a new arrival will have little impact on it. A Ciaz facelift is also expected in August this year and this should help the model in capturing some lost ground. Ciaz’s market stood at 32% in Mid-size sedan segment in 1Q-18, down 560 bps vs. 1Q-17.

Peers Car model unit sales
[Compare screen: PV Unit sales for top 3 models]

Given Honda’s reliance on City and time gap from now for its next-generation launch (2020), we suspect City to be the most vulnerable of the lot from Yaris aggressive launch. We understand that City has a loyal customer base. However, recent onslaught of the launches dented its market share.  

Heckyl’s alternative data platform, FiND collects and organizes macro, micro, and financial data to provide unique insights into automobile sector.

To know more about FiND, email us at info@heckyl.com

Infosys leads media share of voice, but TCS takes the cake

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India’s second largest IT firm, Infosys led the media share of voice (both web and social) among the top 5 software companies during the fourth quarter earnings season. It was followed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the largest software company in India.

Web & Social Share of voice[Image 1: Share of Voice (as on Apr. 26, 2018)]

Though Infosys topped the media share of voice, TCS has performed better on the tonality of news coverage.

TCS received extremely positive media coverage after India’s largest IT firm reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings. Meanwhile, positive earnings coverage has lifted TCS’s news sentiment 100-day moving average (DMA) to the highest level in the past 9-months.

On the other hand, underlying news sentiment for India’s second largest software company was mostly negative due to lukewarm Q4 earnings and disappointing guidance for FY19. As a result, Infosys witnessed a drop in news sentiment 100-DMA after disclosing quarterly results.

Compare Sentiment 100 DMA[Image 2: Compare screen – News sentiment 100-DMA chart]

FiND Media Monitoring Tool offers high-end media analytics by tracking news coverage patterns and analyzing movement in underlying sentiment in real-time for all listed and unlisted companies globally.

To know more about FiND Media Monitoring Tool, email us at info@heckyl.com