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Earnings announcements on Datastream

Posted on 9 December 2013 by Stephen Ratcliffe

For earning announcement dates on Datastream, use the following datatypes: Fiscal year end: Interim earnings announcement dates use the quarterly ones: British companies won’t necessarily announce interim results on a quarterly basis, they will often announce every 6 months so your quarter 1 and quarter 3 results may be blank (i.e. no data) for UK
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Risk Free Rates on Datastream – Update

Posted on 25 October 2013 by Stephen Ratcliffe

A new and very good post from the Business Library at the University of Manchester provides an update on risk free rates on Datastream: Source:  Business Research Plus: “A couple of business library blogs have mentioned the risk free rate recommendations on the Thomson Reuters Datastream extranet. (See http://finabase.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/risk-free-rates-t-bills-benchmark-bonds.html and http://blogs.cf.ac.uk/aberconwaylibrary/2011/09/08/datastream-risk-free-rate/) Unfortunately, these recommendations have not
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Datastream charting

Posted on 18 June 2013 by Stephen Ratcliffe

For Datastream users, don’t forget the charting power of Datastream and the collection of templates available. To access charts, open the Navigator and click on Charting in the menu. There are a variety of options within Charting – Chartbook and Library offer a range of pre-made templates. You can then edit these or create your
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Datastream: downloading company data

Posted on 4 June 2013 by Stephen Ratcliffe

Here is a very quick, introductory video to get you started using Datastream. For the video I’ve used the example of looking up a company series – Tesco and downloading share price over time. The approach is pretty much similar to this for most data categories in Datastream so it should serve as a good
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List of data sources for economics and finance

Posted on 31 May 2013 by Stephen Ratcliffe

This is a table of database sources for commonly requested topics in the area of economics and finance. WRDS is available for Cardiff University postgraduate students and staff. Register here The other databases can all be found on the library databases A-Z list. [click on image to enlarge] The table is not a complete list
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Getting started with Datastream

Posted on 31 May 2013 by Stephen Ratcliffe

Datastream broadly contains 3 different types of data: Company (known as equities), Economics and Finance. Examples: Company data – share price for Tesco, total assets for Apple, corporate social responsibility information on Rio Tinto Economic data – Real GDP for South Africa, consumer price index for China Finance data: Gold prices, US Dollar to Japanese
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Datastream – Static requests

Posted on 29 May 2013 by Stephen Ratcliffe

Use a static request for data that is not available as Time Series. Generally speaking this is data that doesn’t change on a regular basis, for example, company names and codes, legal status, accounting standards etc. You cannot download this data by using a time series request because time series data requires that you apply
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Dividend announcement dates

Posted on 4 December 2012 by Stephen Ratcliffe

These can be found in three sources: Datastream, Thomson One Banker and Nexis UK. Datastream Dividend announcement dates are listed as  ‘Dividend Per Share declaration date’ in the datatypes section. Declaration dates are listed separately for each quarter, so to get all announcement dates you will need to select each quarter. You will notice that each
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