Oil prices can play spoilsport to airline stocks rally

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2017 was a fantastic year for airline stocks as relatively lower oil prices, higher demand and improved operational performance brightened the outlook for the sector. However, after a solid performance last year, the global airline industry is bracing for an oil shock in 2018. The recent run-up in oil prices, if sustained, may exert a significant drag on airlines profitability in this year.

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[Image 1: Watchlist highlights stock returns for leading airlines as on Jan. 24, 2018
(*For US-based companies, returns as on Jan. 23, 2018)]

In 2017, jet fuel prices averaged at USD 1.5 per gallon for the first 3-quarters. A spike in crude oil moved jet fuel average price to USD 1.74 per gallon in Q4’17 from USD 1.59 per gallon in Q3’17. The impact of 9.4% sequential rise in jet fuel prices in Q4 was clearly visible in recently announced quarterly numbers of leading airlines.

For instance, Delta Air Lines witnessed an 8% y-o-y drop in net income in Q4’17 owning to 21% rise in fuel cost. At the same time, CASM (cost per available seat mile) – Fuel for Delta rose significantly by 38.67% sequentially to USD 0.03 in Q4’17.

Delta - CASM Fuel
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Sensex cos aggregate revenues likely to grow in Q3: Heckyl news study

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Heckyl news study has indicated a rise in Sensex companies’ aggregate revenues for the third quarter of the financial year 2018. Heckyl has developed an indicator to measure Sensex companies’ revenue visibility through analysis of growth-oriented news flow for the quarter. Our analysis showed that the movement in growth-oriented news flow and its underlying sentiment for the particular quarter can accordingly move Sensex companies’ aggregate revenues in the subsequent quarter.
We have analyzed nearly 60,000 growth-oriented news items for Sensex companies for the past 10-quarters. We identified 15 growth-oriented news categories which can have the potential impact on the company’s future revenue growth. Some of the growth-oriented news categories are contracts, expansion, product launch, M&A, fund-raising and business transactions. Based on the news volume and sentiment for these growth-oriented categories, we have prepared Heckyl Company Growth Indicator for Sensex companies.
Our back-testing has shown a strong positive 1-quarter lead-lag correlation (0.79) between Heckyl Company Growth Indicator (leading indicator) and aggregate quarterly net sales (lagging indicator) for Sensex companies for September 2015 to September 2017 period. In other words, Heckyl Growth Indicator for September 2017 quarter can act as a leading indicator for Sensex companies’ aggregate net sales for December 2017 quarter.
Heckyl Company Growth Indicator has correctly predicted the trend for Sensex companies’ aggregate net sales for the past 6 out of 7 quarters (Chart 1).
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NMDC news sentiment jumps to 1-year high on extremely positive media coverage

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News sentiment for the state-run mineral producer NMDC soared to the highest level in the past 12-months as the positive media coverage gained momentum during December 2017. At 51, Heckyl sentiment score 50-day moving average (DMA) was at the highest in the past 1-year on Jan. 2, 2018.

At the same time, positive press coverage was also reflected in the share price (Image 1). Since November 30, NMDC has appreciated nearly 17% as buoyant news sentiment fueled optimism about the future prospects.

[Image 1: NMDC share price and news sentiment chart]

Production, ratings, contracts, product pricing, and expansion related news items dominated NMDC’s media coverage in the past 1-month (Image 2). Moreover, news coverage under these categories was extremely positive during this period.

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[Image 2: Top 5 News Topics for NMDC]

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Cadila Healthcare leads ANDA approvals among Indian drug makers

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Cadila Healthcare secured the highest number of ANDA (abbreviated new drug application) approvals among Indian pharmaceutical companies during the past nine month period.

The country’s fourth-largest drugmaker by market cap has received 70 ANDA approvals in the current financial year (Image 1). Out the total, 21 ANDA approvals were received by the company during the previous quarter. 

The drug makers are required to obtain ANDA approval from the FDA to manufacture and market the low-cost generic alternative to the brand-name drug in the US market.

Cadila Healthcase - ANDA
[Image 1: FiND Compare screen highlights ANDA approvals for top 5 Indian drugmakers]
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Oil & gas companies Q4 news flow most positive in past 8-quarters

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Total SA leads positive news coverage among top 10 oil & gas companies in 2017

Global oil & gas companies witnessed a significant improvement in underlying news sentiment for December 2017 quarter. Crude oil prices are at its highest level in past 8-quarters (Image 1), which has led to improvement in prospects of earnings, production and growth-oriented activities for the oil & gas companies. As a result, news coverage on top 100 global oil & gas companies during Q4 was most positive in the past 8-quarters.

[Image 1: Crude Oil Price Trend]

FiND, an alternative data platform developed by Heckyl has accurately captured movement in news sentiment for the oil & gas sector. For the past 8-quarters, our positive to negative news ratio for top 100 oil & gas companies showed near perfect positive correlation (0.95) with Dow Jones Global Oil & Gas index (Image 2).

Dow Jones Global Oil & Gas - Positive to Negative News Ratio
[Image 2: Dow Jones Global Oil & Gas v/s Heckyl Positive to Negative News Ratio]

 (The ratio value higher than 1 indicates mostly positive news sentiment. On the other hand, the ratio value lower than 1 signals broadly negative news sentiment.) Read the rest of this entry »

Tesla dominates media coverage among major automakers in 2017

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Product launch, alternative energy top news topics for global automakers 

Surge in news volume highlighting alternative energy signals the automotive industry is moving towards electric vehicles at top speed

Tesla Inc. topped the media coverage among 20 major global automakers in 2017 followed by Volkswagen, Ford Motor, and Toyota (Image 1). Tesla generated a lot of media frenzy around its market launch of Model 3 and unveiling of Roadster and Tesla Semi during this year.
Top 20 - Share of Voice
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FiND, an alternative data platform showed a surge in news flow highlighting alternative energy for all major automakers globally (Image 2). Automotive product launches generate lots of media coverage and thus it topping the list is understandable.
Category Wise News Flow
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GSK attracts negative rating news coverage as analysts turn bearish on stock

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Analysts’ bearish stance on GSK weighs on stock price heavily

Media coverage for GlaxoSmithKline Plc, one of the world’s largest drug makers was dominated by Stock Rating related news items in the past 90-days. FiND, an alternative data platform showed the underlying news sentiment for analyst rating coverage on GSK was mostly negative during this period (Image 1).

FiND offers high-end Media analytics by tracking mainstream news and social media in real-time and analyzing movement in underlying sentiment around it for all listed and unlisted companies across the globe.

Image 1: GSK – Top Topics and Ratings News Sentiment

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