Bloomberg Social Media Alert
Bloomberg measures the volume of postings about companies from StockTwits, Twitter, Yahoo Finance message boards, and other social media sites. A BSV alert is triggered by an unusually high number of social media postings regarding a company. Such alerts may be early warning signs of significant company events.
Type BSV and hit the green <GO> key. For individual company alerts, type a ticker (hit the equity key) and then type BSV and hit GO.
For example: F <EQUITY> BSV <GO>
Here is a graph of the velocity alerts of Ford Motor Company showing an unusual pattern of social media alerts.
Private Company Information
Although Bloomberg is primarily a source of financial information about public companies, it does list information about several hundred private companies. These are private companies that have public debt. To see if a company is covered by Bloomberg, type the name of the company into the command line and hit the yellow <Equity> key.
For example, typing Cargill into the command line will bring up a four page company description with links to the company’s financial data. Continue reading