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.
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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.
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77% of companies with “below industry average news sentiment” witnessed a deterioration in financials
FiND Credit Risk Early Warning System (EWS) captures company related red-flags through analysis of millions of data points and news. Unstructured data sets such as “news” are an important piece of information that can be consumed in the risk assessment of corporate borrowers.
Our hypothesis is that the news sentiment acts as a lead indicator to the deterioration in the company’s financial performance. To test this hypothesis, we back-tested news data of 2,250+ companies for the year 2016 on the following business rule:
Company’s news sentiment average stays below the industry average for all 4-quarters in CY16
We identified 924 such companies. Then, we checked if there is any deterioration in the quarterly financial performance (measured by the score of financial business rules) for these companies in the next 4-quarters (CY17).
For 77% of companies (714/924), we found that A. The number of red flags on quarterly financials outpaced the number of green flags in CY17 and B. The net score of red flags was lower than minus 10 for all 4-quarters in CY17.
We have highlighted 3 such companies whose news sentiment remained below the industry average for all 4-quarters in CY16.
We have also listed quarterly result charts for these 3 companies which highlight a deterioration in their financial performance in the subsequent quarters.
FiND media coverage study showed negative news sentiment for one-in-ten BSE500 companies during January 2018.
Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, one of the leading drug makers in India, is one such company whose news sentiment has deteriorated significantly during the month of January 2018.
We highlight media coverage trends for Dr. Reddy’s below:
#1. News sentiment decelerates ahead of fall in the stock price
[Image 1: Sentiment Score 20 DMA versus Stock Price Performance]
#2: At negative 37, Dr. Reddy’s sentiment score 20-DMA was the lowest among its peers
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Crude oil price has demonstrated a strong rally over the past 5-months. On Thursday, crude oil WTI futures jumped above USD 66 per barrel for the first time in more than three years. The rally in crude oil prices was supported by OPEC’s extension of production cut, strong demand and continuous drop in the US stockpiles of crude oil.
FiND, an alternative data platform developed by Heckyl showed the demand for crude oil has been outstripping supply consistently since February last year (Image 1).
[Image 1: Crude Oil Supply-Demand Balance]
At the same time, the US crude oil inventories have been witnessing downtrend for the past 10-months (Image 2).
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