Investors and financial analysis firms are increasingly looking at "sentimental analysis" — such as Facebook "likes" and Twitter messages — to gauge a company's social popularity.
October 23, 2012 Companies that provide financial data are increasingly interested in our "likes" and tweets. A Ph.D. student recently studied how positive social media mentions are linked to stock market performance, and came up with some interesting results.
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Helping or hurting the economy?
July 16, 2012 A too-big financial sector can cause chronic problems, especially for research-dependent industries, concludes an analysis by two economists.
May 23, 2012 The reputations of JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs have all been taken down a notch or two in recent months. The latest black eye came in the wake the flubbed Facebook IPO.
November 21, 2011 The likely collapse of the so-called supercommittee's efforts to put together a deficit-reduction deal and continued concern about the debt crisis in Europe are pushing stocks down on Wall Street.
September 27, 2011 All Things Considered will air a segment on the "Occupy Wall Street" protests.
September 26, 2011 The executive editor of news explains why NPR hasn't aired a segment yet on "Occupy Wall Street." Ralph Nader, meanwhile, calls.
August 24, 2011 A 4 percent increase in orders for products designed to last three or more years has set the stage for what could be another good day for the stock market.
June 2, 2011 Investors will be watching closely when figures are released on unemployment insurance claims and retail sales. Other headlines: Tornadoes in Massachusetts; new E. coli strain in Europe; Romney to launch his White House bid.
Note: Totals may not add up to 100 percent, due to rounding.
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January 11, 2011 Last month, we asked you to participate in our economics experiment. On today's podcast, we dive into the results — and explain what they say about the stock market.
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July 21, 2010 President Barack Obama said Wall Street would need to be more responsible to avoid future crises.
May 25, 2010 "When this bill becomes law, the joyride on Wall Street will come to a screeching halt," Harry Reid said last week, after the Senate passed its big finance reform bill.
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March 16, 2010 Weekday newscasts air 37 times a day and usually include stock market figures. But are those numbers valuable to the average listener?
December 16, 2009 Almost three years since banks starting taking losses that led to the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, the Securities and Exchange Commission is still asking basic questions about what happened.
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April 22, 2009 With his 401(k) in a nosedive, Jeffrey Goldberg looks to his long-lost adviser, other financial gurus, and a survivalist for answers on how we recover.
October 23, 2008 Tomorrow is the anniversary of Black Thursday, but 2008 is not 1929.
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