Is Independent Research Dead?


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Welcome to Integrity's free ResearchWatch newsletter for the week of 09/16/2019.  A few of the key research and alternative data industry developments we wrote about last week include alt data firm RavenPack's recent launch of an NLP-based tool identifying business relationships; the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling against LinkedIn in its lawsuit against hiQ which should prove favorable to the web scraping industry; and, the $15 mln capital raise by alternative data firm Earnest Research (see below).

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Is Independent Research Dead?
As the owner of a business that makes its living selling independent research, there are many times that I wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat. It only takes one or two cancellations from buy-side clients to get my mind racing:  "The research market is ..."

Wall Street Layoffs Continue to Rise in August
Layoffs on Wall Street continued to rise in August to the highest monthly level seen since March, while hiring plans evaporated revealing a weak overall jobs outlook as bank executives ...

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Weak US IPO Activity in August 2019
US IPO activity recorded an extremely weak performance as only 4 new deals were priced in August 2019, representing the fewest number of deals seen in August since 2011 and ...

RBC Analyst Arrested for Insider Trading
In recent weeks, RBC Capital Markets junior investment banking analyst, Bill Tsai, was arrested for insider trading ahead of their April announcement that private equity firm Siris Capital Group would ...

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Analyst Hub Adds New TMT Research Boutique LightShed Partners
Analyst Hub, a New York-based independent "research infrastructure as a service" platform, recently announced that LightShed Partners, a research boutique focused on technology, media and telecommunications stocks, was launched a few ...

Alternative Data Firm Earnest Research Raises $15 Million
Consumer data focused Earnest Research, which emerged from stealth mode two years ago, closed $15 million in Series B funding.  The funding will support Earnest Research's plans to expand beyond ...

Federal Court Rules in Favor of Web Scraping
In a closely followed case affecting the legality of web scraping, LinkedIn lost its appeal of a lower court injunction allowing hiQ Labs to continue scraping public data on LinkedIn's ...

Alternative Data Firm RavenPack Releases Interconnections Tool
During its alternative data conference today in New York, RavenPack will unveil a new service designed to identify business relationships by applying natural language processing to news and other sources. The ...

Alt Data Vendor Eagle Alpha Adds Alpha Capture, Kind Of
Dublin-based Eagle Alpha launched a data prioritization tool within its data sourcing capabilities which it is calling 'Alpha Capture.' Since alternative data does not lend itself easily to traditional alpha ...

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