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Reuters announces news sentiment analysis to give trading machines market insight


LONDON – Reuters (LSE: RTR; NASDAQ: RTRSY) has expanded its machine-readable news offering to include analysis of news sentiment powered by a leading linguistics application from Corpora plc (LSE: CP.).

Reuters system will “read” news articles and score how positive or negative they are. The system will enable customers to analyse news across thousands of companies, far more quickly than can be done by humans. This will enable trading machines to react to market moving news in milliseconds.

It works by assigning numerical “sentiment scores” to words or phrases which are then processed to give an overall positive, neutral or negative score to the company in the news article. These scores can be added together to calculate the prevailing sentiment for a company, a sector, an index - or even to assess global market sentiment.

The new product will be targeted at the high-growth area of algorithmic trading, and will be connected to the widely used Reuters Market Data System platform. It will join Reuters market-leading suite of machine-readable news products which includes:

• Reuters NewsScope Real-time, which allows Reuters clients to use Reuters live news content to drive automated trading and respond to market-moving events as they occur.
• Reuters NewsScope Archive, which lets customers replay stories as they unfolded in the market, allowing them to back-test or fine tune their trading strategies in response.

Peter Moss, Reuters Global Head of Enterprise Solutions said: “This latest release offers the exciting prospect of allowing machines to interpret the sentiment of news stories as they are published, enabling them to react in an informed way to market events at ultra-high speed. Imagine a machine scanning hundreds of stories on companies’ results, measuring the sentiment around them and incorporating that into algorithmic trading strategies. This powerful capability can have a meaningful impact on a client’s portfolio performance.”

Mark Thompson, CEO of Corpora said: "This is a very exciting project in one of the highest growth areas in advanced software. We are delighted to partner with a market leader such as Reuters to leverage our text analysis expertise in inventive ways.”


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