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Picking Stocks from Their CDS Spreads — A Cross-Asset Class Study

In most analysis packages, it is difficult to incorporate multiple assets classes into the same analysis. With Palantir, we can quickly traverse the capital structure of companies by integrating data on options, bonds, credit default swaps, and any other instrument a company issues. This streamlines many common workflows, from screening stocks to developing trading strategies [...]

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Option Volume and Stock Prices

A 2003 paper by Pan and Poteshman entitled The Information in Option Volume for Stock Prices (found here), and highlighted by this 2006 New York Times article suggests that events in equity options markets can serve as predictors for trends in the stock market.  Their fundamental claims are two-fold:  first, that options traders are better [...]

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Palantir Cyber: protecting critical computer assets

One of the most pressing challenges facing private sector and government organizations alike is that of putting the right infrastructure in place to protect their computer networks and the sensitive information that those networks contain. Palantir Cyber brings a unique set of capabilities to this emerging problem – allowing an organization to effectively address their [...]

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Beta Dispersion in Joyride

A few months ago, we launched a trial version of Palantir Finance available to the general public.  We call it Joyride.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you can access it at http://joyride.pfinance.com.  For this particular blog post, we’ve created it entirely using the data available on Joyride (courtesy of Xignite), so we encourage you [...]

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Beyond the Cloud: Project Horizon

Project Horizon, developed as a Palantir Hack Day project on top of the Palantir platform, empowers analysts to start with their entire ecosystem of data (literally billions of rows of data), and iteratively pare the data down to discover the proverbial needle in the haystack at the speed of thought (discover the unknown unknowns). Project [...]

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Reverse Stock Splits

A recent Motley Fool article discusses reverse stock splits and their implications for future performance: “Investors have to wonder:  Will reverse splits do any good, or are they basically the kiss of death for a company?”  With Palantir Finance, we can easily examine the short-term performance of companies that undergo reverse stock splits.  This question [...]

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Analyzing Australia’s Public Sphere Initiative

Governments worldwide are starting to leverage web technologies to improve communication between government and the public. This video demonstrates how Palantir can be used to analyze public forum data such as blog feeds and tweets. In this case, Palantir follows ACT (Australian Capital Territory) Senator Kate Lundy’s Public Sphere initiative in an effort to understand [...]

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Using the VIX as a Market Signal

The Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, or VIX, is often cited as a market-timing indicator.  Traders have created a variety of strategies to exploit supposed correlations between this “fear index” and future market returns.  Using Palantir Finance, we can effortlessly examine the exact nature of these correlations to make more informed trading decisions.  The [...]

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Investigating an E. Coli Outbreak

This video shows how public health analysts could use Palantir to perform traceback analysis on an outbreak of an illness or infection. With the 2009-2010 flu season just beginning, it’s good time to take a look at how Palantir can be used by government health agencies in the fight to protect public health. The data [...]

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Substitutes for Oil

Normally, if you wanted to go long oil, you might buy an energy sector ETF or buy oil stocks.    But it’s possible that those stocks may not be available or that they are not available at a high volume.   Or maybe you just want to find a less commonly used and less crowded ways to [...]

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