Since the announcement of Donald Trump’s election in the United States and the Twitter tirade created by his fired from the hip Tweets, major city banks and trading houses have rushed to install highly sophisticated banking-compliant Twitter monitoring services to gain an advantage over their competitors.
His impromptu tweets, that have the power to disrupt and move markets instantly, have panicked investment firms dedicated to proprietary trading. His social media rantings have prompted them to look for options to enhance their ability to quickly position assets in an advantageous direction following a tweet from The Trump. Unpredictable Twitter attacks by a world leader mean major companies, banks and traders need an incoming early warning system to prevent the destruction of share prices - that’s where products and services such as those offered by Market EarlyBird are taking off.
“Trump is cavalier and unpredictable. He might Tweet something that raises the prospects of a US company with UK suppliers; he might Tweet something that is viewed positively for international trade or he might Tweet something that will have a negative effect on global security. Any of these actions could have a significant impact on global markets including the UK,” says Danny Watkins, CEO at Market EarlyBird.
“Although we launched back in 2014, the last six months has seen unprecedented growth as banks and traders grapple to pre-empt the market uncertainty that accompanies Trump’s move into Office. Events such as Brexit and the US election each saw a surge in demand, and Trump’s continuing determination to “speak direct to the people” has highlighted the need for traders to get Tweets first hand.
Market EarlyBird is one of the companies that has reaped the benefits of Trump’s cavalier attitude to social media in an environment where, surprisingly, traders can’t simply be given a Twitter account. Critical to banks’ use of Twitter is the prevention of secret messages (think LIBOR?) or outgoing Tweets, but also the guarantee of confidentiality – nobody outside can track traders’ Follow lists. The challenge then becomes the sheer volume of Tweets to be monitored.
EarlyBird’s software analyses the form, style, and content of Tweets as well as sender reputation to identify financially-relevant Tweets. Key stories are curated as they emerge, ensuring breaking financial news is relayed to those trading or covering equities instantly, whilst Retweet velocity is also monitored to quickly notify users if a Tweet is about to go viral, even if they are not actively looking at EarlyBird.
The impact of unpredictable social media engagement can be significant, and there are already a number of examples where Donald Trump’s Tweets have affected share prices:
• Dec 6th 2016 “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more then $4 billion. Cancel order!”
Market reaction: stock slid to a premarket low of $149.75, down -1.6% from previous market close.
• Dec 7th 2016, Pharmaceutical and biotech stocks plummeted after Trump comments that the US would ‘save millions’ following a revised bidding process.
Market reaction: Nasdaq Biotechnology Index fell 3% in New York, Standard & ! Poor’s 500 Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences Index dropped 1.7%, the biggest one-day drops for the indexes since October. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. dropped 5.3% to $56.80 in New York, the steepest decline in three months. Novo Nordisk A/S fell 5.2% to 242.10 kroner at 10:25 a.m. in Copenhagen trading. And Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. lost as much as 3.3%in Mumbai.
• Dec 12th 2016, “The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th”.
Market reaction: stock slid to an intraday low of $245.50 down -5.4% from previous market close.
• Jan 3rd 2017, "General Motors is sending Mexican made model of Chevy Cruze to U.S. car dealers-tax free across border. Make in U.S.A. or pay big border tax!"
Market reaction: shares of GM, which were at $34.38 in pre-market trading, fell about one per cent; however, shares bounced back, rising one per cent before the market opened on the 4th Jan.
(For more analytics see: http://fingfx.thomsonreuters.com/gfx/rngs/USA-TRUMP-COMPANIES/010031832S5/index.html)
From next Friday and for the next four years, potentially longer, market traders and financial bodies will have to be on their toes to react to whatever the US President throws at the US economy and globally trading companies. With the upcoming French elections showing an early lead for Marine Le Pen and continuing uncertainty about BREXIT, financial institutions need to be prepared and armed as best they can be to take on the ever-evolving face of global markets and economics.
Notes to editors:
• To tie in with the inauguration ceremony this week, EarlyBird is offering banks free full access to the service (with no cap on the number of user accounts) for the first month of Trump’s presidency.
• Market EarlyBird requires no changes to existing networks and is banking compliant.
• Market EarlyBird was developed by British entrepreneur Danny Watkins, a former bank data security expert who identified a gap in the market for a fully compliant Twitter capability strategically filtered and managed to give analysts access to crucial market information.
• Market EarlyBird was developed closely alongside early adopting customers including a hedge fund and unnamed global investment bank.
• For more information, visit www.marketearlybird.com or follow us on Twitter @mktearlybird
• For interviews contact: Danny Watkins: +44(0) 207 100 4489 | +44 (0) 7912 126890 | firstname.lastname@example.org