09.27.2018

State Street Expands Sentiment Indicators

State Street Corporation today announced the addition of two new macro indicators, focused on currencies and countries, to its range of State Street MediaStats Indicators®. First launched in 2016 with State Street partner MKT MediaStats, the new indicators scan more than 100,000 digital media sources to help investors evaluate the impact of media sentiment on market behavior and, more broadly, industry and macroeconomic trends. The new FX and Country Equity indicators provide daily sentiment scores that help investors understand media perceptions of foreign currencies and global equity markets.

“Our clients are particularly interested in currencies and equities, so we have expanded the coverage of State Street MediaStats to provide insights on these markets in addition to our company-level indicators,” said Will Kinlaw, head of State Street Associates, a division of State Street Global Exchange. “Our new indicators offer investors a near real-time pulse of broad media sentiment that will help them assess market conditions.”

State Street MediaStats’ full range of indicators now includes:

FX and Country Equity Media Indicators that use natural language processing and machine learning to analyze large sets of unstructured media data, comprising international and domestic media, social media, business news and trading media. These proprietary indicators derive standardized measures of intensity, sentiment and disagreement in media coverage to assist portfolio managers in assessing the outlook for 33 foreign currencies and 44 global equity markets.

Earnings Prediction Technology, or EPTech, which analyzes large sets of consumer data to gauge interest in approximately 340 large US listed retail firms. These digital patterns, reflective of consumer behavior in the real economy, can provide investors with an additional, distilled input as they formulate quarterly earnings estimates.

Company Media Indicators that provide insights into company dynamics using proprietary algorithms to measure the abnormal intensity, conditional sentiment and disagreement in media coverage of approximately 3,000 US listed individual companies.

Linkages Indicators that gauge the strength and impact of inter-company relationships based on company co-mentions in media for approximately 500 US listed large cap companies.

“Our technology adjusts for a number of behavioral and statistical biases in media coverage. With the additional implementation of supervised machine learning to improve article relevancy in foreign exchange, we have created a stronger solution that can be easily incorporated into any investment process—quantitative or qualitative,” said professor Ronnie Sadka, chair of the Finance Department at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management and co-founder of MKT MediaStats.

State Street MediaStats Indicators build on the capabilities of State Street Associates, State Street’s academic think tank and a division of State Street Global Exchange. State Street Associates bridges the worlds of financial theory and practice, and develops proprietary investment indicators, differentiated analytics applications and tailored investment strategies for institutional investors around the world.

Source: State Street

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