Posts Tagged ‘business_news’

Factiva – using company and source codes

3 September 2013 2 comments

Dow Jones FactivaGet more accurate search results in Dow Jones Factiva by using a company code rather than just putting the company name in the free text search box.

You can select the company search option, search by name, and click on the name in the company results list. In this case the company code is used but it is not visible on your search screen.

To see the company code – as before select the company search option and search by name but then select the blue pyramid add icon, This will add the company code into the free text search box in the format “fds=mks”, where mks is the company code for Marks and Spencer PLC.

It is exactly the same if you want to use codes for sources – for example “rst=ftft”, where ftft is the source code for the Financial Times. If you select the information icon then a popup window will give the details of the company/source including its code.

Factiva adding company code (click to expand)

Factiva adding company code (click to expand)

In the screenshot above the source code for the Financial Times (rst=ftft) has already been added to the free text search box. Selecting the add icon will add the company code for Tesco PLC (fds=tsco). You can complete the search by adding the connector, e.g. “rst=ftft AND fds=tsco”, and then click the search button to get your results.

One advantage of using explicit search codes is that you can easily save a copy for your search to reuse at a later date.

Further Factiva tips

“Factiva” and “Researching Business News” guides from the business and management guides page.

Our factiva tagged posts – showing the range of research where Factiva can be useful.

Factiva has a YouTube channel (this may include features not available on the University of Manchester academic subscription).

Fake Tweet and Intraday Data

24 April 2013 1 comment

A fake tweet from the hacked Twitter account of Associated Press caused a sharp drop in US markets in afternoon trading (on 23 April 2013). (BBC Business News – Fake terror tweet hits US markets)

You can see the effect on the market using Bloomberg Professional to chart intra day data for an index (S&P 500 below) or individual share.

Bloomberg Line Chart S&P 500 for 23 April 2013 (UK times) - (click to expand)

Bloomberg Line Chart S&P 500 for 23 April 2013 (UK times) – (click to expand)

Bloomberg News also has a report “Associated Press Twitter Account Hacked in Market Moving Attack” (Bloomberg News April 24 05:01).

We should probably not consider it surprising that social media has the power to influence markets, nor that there is a tendency for traders to react first and they check the authenticity of information.

Bloomberg Professional has a function TWTR (Twitter Filter Builder) that allows users to build a twitter filter according to how they want to monitor the market – including seeing what is trending on Bloomberg Social Velocity (BSV).

Search for “Twitter” on Bloomberg DOCS and one document offered is “Chapter 3: Lessons Learned from Social Media” (Halloran and Thies, 2012).


Halloran, M. and Thies, C. (2012) “Chapter 3: Lessons Learned from Social Media” from The Social Media Handbook for Financial Advisors: How to Use LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to Build and Grow Your Business.  Available at: Bloomberg Professional Service [online subscription service] (Accessed 24 April 2013).

Browsing Business News – for free

11 November 2012 3 comments

Students and staff can make use of University of Manchester Library resources to browse recent news.

Dow Jones FactivaFactiva (from Dow Jones) has a News Pages tab that offers simple access to top newspapers worldwide (most recent two weeks).

Select Global from the drop-down list and you get: The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Australian, The Times and (South China Morning Post).

Select United Kingdom and you get: The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal (Europe) and The Economist.

Factiva News Pages

Factiva News Pages (click to expand)

Note: Factiva provides News Pages in several languages in addition to english.

Factiva does include access to The Financial Times but not through the News Pages – you have to use the Search tab and select The Financial Times as your source.

BloombergBloomberg Professionalis an excellent source of financial market news. Useful news functions include:

  • TOP <GO> – Today’s top news stories
  • READ <GO> – Most read news
  • N <GO> – Main news menu
  • NSE <GO> – News search engine
  • NRR <GO> – News readership rankings

For a list of news databases goto the Business and Management databases page and scroll down to the Databases: Business News section.

Researching companies for your career

17 September 2012 1 comment

remember nothing impresses an employer more in the job interview than hearing a candidate speak knowledgeably about their company (cjbsinfo, 2011)

At the welcome presentations today, it was clear students should start thinking about their career plan as early as possible. A good opportunity then to mention how library company information resources can help.

Company profile – for example use Business Source Premier and the Company Profile link.

Business News – for example use Factiva to find about recent press items about specific companies.

Market Research – for example use Keynote (UK cos) or GMID (Global Market Information Database) to research key market developments.

For more detail: Careers help online (Apr 2012), How to target and research potential employers (Jun 2011), from Careers category.

Refer to the shiny new University of Manchester Careers Blog – a great place to start learning about the support available from the University Careers Service like the Finance Business and Management Fair on 18th Oct 2012.


cjbsinfo (2011) “Pre-interview database checklist” University of Cambridge, Judge Business School, Information and Library Services blog. Available at: [Accessed 17 Sept. 2012]

FORTUNE on Facebook and most admired companies


The March 19 2012 (Volume 165 Number 4) issue of FORTUNE includes its annual ranking of corporate reputation by industry and a lead article by Miguel Helft & Jessi Hempl “Inside Facebook: how does the social media giant really work? Read this story before you buy the stock”.

The library has access to Fortune through the  journal database Business Source Premier.

Business Source Premier is also the database that gives online access to the Harvard Business Review so the earlier post about accessing HBR is also relevant to Fortune –

If you are just interested in the annual list of The Worlds Most Admired Companies then this is available on the Fortune’s website without a subscription. However the “Inside Facebook …” article is only available to subscribers or those who buy it. (See also )

Business Source Premier access to FORTUNE’s “Inside Facebook…” article (direct link – login required off-campus)

Business Source Premier’s access to Fortune seems to be limited to text (no pictures), but this does mean that you can listen to the text rather than reading it, and have it translated into a different language.

Financial News on Factiva

Dow Jones FactivaThe Library does not subscribe to Financial News but you can get access to the articles in the weekly newspaper through Factiva.

If you go to the Financial News newspaper tab ( ) and find a title of interest then you can goto Factiva for the full text. [Articles are on Factiva 2 days after publication.]

Example from:  Issue 793 Monday 19th Mar 2012

Financial News Issue 793 (click to expand)

News article: Wrigth, W (2010) “The winners and losers from the financial crisis” Financial News,  Issue 793 Monday 19th Mar 2012

On Factiva this article is available but slightly tricky to find.

You can set the source to be Financial News (Europe) and select a date range including the 19th March 2012. However, the article “The winners and losers from the financial crisis” is not immediately obvious. It is marked as a duplicate of the article “Then and now: how investment banking has slimmed down and consolidated; …” (See below)

Factiva search for Financial News (click to expand)

This looks to be because the two articles have the same source (Financial News (Europe)), author (William Wright) and date (19 Mar 2012)

Searching for the article above it is clear that just searching for keywords from the title is not always effective. A good alternative is to use Factiva’s field tags. For example “rst=lonfin and by=wright” restricts a search to source Financial Times (Europe) and author Wright. When using field tags you have to make sure that the option “Search for free-test terms in” is  Full Article and not the default Headline and Lead Paragraph. If not you will just get “Your search statement contains a general syntax error. … Error: 520101 …”

Earlier post:  How Business News can enhance your Research – use the Tag cloud on the right-hand side for all Factiva-related posts.

Regulatory News Announcement from Carnival

At 07.00 AM on Mon 16th Jan 2012 Carnival Corporation and plc issued a “Required Announcement on Financial Impact of Costa Cordia“.

“At this time, our priority is the safety of our passengers and crew,” said
Micky Arison, Carnival Corporation & plc chairman and CEO. “We are deeply
saddened by this tragic event and our hearts go out to everyone affected by the
grounding of the Costa Concordia and especially to the families and loved ones
of those who lost their lives. They will remain in our thoughts and prayers,”

The announcement then provided information in accordance with financial disclosure regulations. The full text of the announcement is available on Bloomberg and several other business databases.

”]Carnival Price Graph 16 Jan 2010Bloomberg
If on Monday 16th you want to see how the market reacts to the Costa Concordia tragedy, then Bloomberg is the best database. It provides an integrated view covering the news and the Carnival share price (price down and an increase in trading volumes), and the news is the most read story of the day.

If you don’t have access to Bloomberg the announcement is also available on the business news database Factiva. Select Companies/Markets, lookup company Carnival Plc, and the select Press Releases from the news options. (You can also do a Factiva text search, but you either have to read through many results of spend some time constructing an effective search. Company = Carnival Plc AND Source = Publication: Wires AND Free Text = “announcement” worked for me.)

Thomson One Banker
Thomson One Banker has lots of financial market information but almost all numbers (at least in our subscription). However you can get the regulatory announcement so long as you know to lookup Carnival and  goto Recent News at the foot of the Thomson Overview Report- see screencast

PI Navigator
PI Navigator is the easiest database for going straight to the regulatory annoncement. You just lookup Carnival Plc and search. However, because PI Navigator only covers the regulatory news and regulatory filings of companies, you have to use another database for additional news or financial market information.

Previous post on business news: How Business News can enhance your Research

How Business News can enhance your Research

23 June 2011 7 comments

Business news can be very useful for gaining a detailed international, national and even regional perspective on current and/or historical company/industry  events.  Search across international news sources, eg: newspapers, news feeds, magazines and industry trade publications, to find up-to-date information and to place events and issues in a social or political context.

 How can Business News Help Me?
Use Business News to complement and enhance your company / industry research, many sources may not have the most up to date information for company / industry events. Business news can help you understand what is happening right now and monitor events as they unfold.

  • Gain a detailed perspective on current/historical political issues and events
  • Keep up to date with company/industry events as they unfold
  • Examine political, economic and market trends
  • Track company announcements/results
  • Examine historic / current mergers, acquisitions, deals
  • Research key political, economic or company personnel
  • Gain a competitive advantage for job applications/interviews

Our primary source for business news is Factiva, providing international news (in many languages) from global, national and regional sources including newspapers, news websites, newsfeeds, stock exchange feeds, and business/industry specific magazines.

Factiva will provide news dating back to the early 1980’s. For further historical research you can also consult our Financial Times and Economist archives which provide a full text archive of every issue of the Financial Times and the Economist from the mid 1800’s including market listings, photos, adverts and indicator tables.  These are great resources for understanding the impact of historical events on company/market/economic developments.

For further information see our “How to Research: Business News” and our guide to searching “Factiva” available from the Helping You section of the MBS Library website:

Other Business Research Posts:

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Financial Times (FT) online access

1 December 2010 1 comment

The Library does not have a subscription to the Financial Times online (

However, FT articles are available from a number of business databases: Factiva (1981 to present), ABI Inform (1996 to present) and the Financial Times Historical Archive (1888 – 2006).