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What can 140 characters do to the NASDAQ?

Twitter was once largely ignored by Wall Street. Half a dozen years ago there was a tipping point as more traders discovered it as a source of breaking news. Bloomberg integrated Twitter in 2012, and in 2013 the SEC approved tweets as a form of “disclosure”.  It’s not just traders who see value in Twitter – even investor relations have turned to it.

When you think about how much information flows across Twitter’s platform, it’s not hard to imagine how difficult it can be to analyze all that information. Bloomberg engineers are making it easier for clients to decipher social media sentiment so they can beat the market.


How do cardboard boxes predict recession?
Cardboard box shipments are an economic indicator. A decrease in the volume of cardboard box shipments might mean manufacturers face lower demand from retailers — and, in turn, from the public. Conversely, stronger economic growth can result in higher prices for corrugated containers.
Our analysts research a variety of trends, including old corrugates container (OCC) prices so that our Bloomberg Professional services clients can make better informed investment decisions.


How does a tsunami affect microchip prices?

Prices of microchips historically have risen sharply over supply concerns after natural disasters such as the 2011 earthquake in Japan.

Bloomberg Terminal subscribers can access a comprehensive supply chain breakdown for a selected company  – which our founder, Mike Bloomberg, demonstrated on an episode of ’60 Minutes’ – in order to analyze revenue exposure for the central company, its suppliers, and its customers, as well as track the performance of a company against its peers.

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How can Natural Language Processing help identify fake news from truth?

Fake news and its impact on business was a topic of discussion at the 2017 Machines + Media conference, where Bloomberg’s head of data science, Gideon Mann, explained “there’s tremendous potential for automated technology to help distinguish fake news, rumors, falsified conspiracy theories.”

NLP techniques can be used in several areas to extract relevant, meaningful, and tradable information in real-time.

Bloomberg researcher Amanda Stent uses her expertise in NLP to engineer products that parse, identify, and respond to human language.


Can you write code in the morning and roll it out this afternoon?

Bloomberg Terminal subscribers depend on us to provide data and technology that helps them not just keep up, but stay ahead in one of the fastest moving industries in the world – financial services. Our engineers tackle unique technological challenges and innovate in real-time to deliver solutions that help clients succeed.

Watch our series Conversations with Coders for an inside look at the impact our developers make.

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How strong is the Chilean peso vs. the Swiss franc?

It depends on the day. Bloomberg Terminal subscribers rely on functions like the Currency Rates Matrix – a heatmap of spot, forward, and fixing rates – to quickly identify currency trends and market movements.

They also depend on our team of experts to help them leverage a variety of solutions we provide to navigate complex markets.  Working at Bloomberg allows you to understand more about foreign exchange and other global markets .


How many barrels of oil are currently afloat in the North Sea?

North Sea brent crude was discovered in the early 1960s, and today it is used as a benchmark to price European, African and Middle Eastern oil that is exported to the West.

Bloomberg Terminal subscribers can access fundamental commodities data – including inventories, stock levels, imports, exports, and supply and demand – to manage their trading and hedging strategies.

They can also access analysis about the markets. Check out the latest from Julian Lee, oil strategist for Bloomberg First word.


When can we expect the next global peanut shortage?

Maybe not for a while. Global demand for peanuts has been on the rise, as have peanut prices. Still, this isn’t all rosy for U.S. peanut farmers as production still exceeds what’s needed.

Understanding the intricacies of the market – what supply and demand look like, why and how farm-bill politics and government subsidies work – is important to investors who subscribe to the Bloomberg Terminal. The Bloomberg News team uses a variety of data sets as seen in this story: Peanut Farms Harvest U.S. Federal Checks as Glut Persists.


When the market goes down, why do lipstick sales go up?

The term “lipstick index” was coined by Leonard Lauder – then-chairman of Estee Lauder – during the 2011 recession.

Bloomberg Gadfly columnist, Andrea Felsted explains how the thesis behind the index has taken on a high-end twist as consumers may be thinking twice about buying a Louis Vuitton handbag, but they are happy to snap up Christian Dior cosmetics. Follow Andrea on Twitter for more data-driven insight.

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