By Dominic Jones on September 2, 2010
ACCOUNTING professors at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan recently published a study with a rather startling finding — using social media like Twitter can help companies overcome a lack of media and sell-side analyst coverage and improve liquidity for their stock.
By Dominic Jones on December 17, 2008
THE recent emergence of online investor communities that are registered as investment advisers with the US Securities and Exchange Commission is producing a new brand of influencer that investor relations professionals need to pay attention to because they could challenge traditional Wall Street analysts in shaping investor opinions.
By Dominic Jones on December 7, 2008
IR professionals must recognize that the early adopters of these technologies and platforms will be followed by critical mass. The after-effects of this evolutionary process entails a shift of power to new influential individuals and online communities.
By Dominic Jones on July 18, 2008
BIZARRE is the only way to describe the screenshot below of Google Finance’s homepage this morning — the day after the search giant reported earnings that missed analyst forecasts and sent its shares tumbling more than 7% in after-hours trading. By all accounts, Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) earnings miss was big news. It is on the [...]
By Dominic Jones on April 4, 2008
SOFTWARE company BladeLogic, which went public last July, has one of the hippest ticker symbols going: BLOG. But now that the company is being acquired by BMC Software (NYSE: BMC) those funky four letters are up for grabs. One problem, though. The way the US IPO market has been doing so far this year, it [...]
By Dominic Jones on January 23, 2008
INVESTORS in US-listed stocks will notice something different this quarter when they visit Yahoo! Finance to catch up on the latest corporate earnings results. For the first time, they will have free access to full-text transcripts of earnings conference calls on approximately 2,500 companies thanks to Seeking Alpha, a firm started by former Wall Street [...]
By Dominic Jones on January 22, 2008
IS IT envision or envisage? Centre or center? Check or cheque? Did you know European companies outside of the UK mostly prefer US spellings? In Australia there’s a Labor Party, but they spell color with a “u”. Why do North Americans call it “gas” when it’s a liquid. It’s petrol, isn’t it? From my perspective, [...]
By Dominic Jones on January 15, 2008
It is high time for regulators to take a hard look at the rules around companies providing third-party content and independent perspectives.
By Dominic Jones on December 18, 2007
NO SURPRISE last week when Thomson Financial reported on a survey of investor relations officers that found just 18% are actively trying to attract new retail investors.IR Magazine has more on the survey, but it basically says that the U.S. investor relations community considers retail investors irrelevant. Well, there is another side to the story. [...]
By Dominic Jones on October 29, 2007
AS STOCK ownership becomes increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few big institutions, what implications does that have for investor relations strategy? A far-ranging speech on the topic of “deretailization” by Brian G. Cartwright, who is General Counsel at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, got me wondering how smart IR departments are being [...]
By Dominic Jones on August 17, 2007
A FEW months ago, there was a lot of hubbub in the technology blogging community about a new service called Twitter. The service asked people to write short messages about what they were doing, and then it delivered the one-liners to their friends in near real time via instant messaging, SMS and the Web. Initially, [...]
By Dominic Jones on August 1, 2007
Note: I’ve added more specifics around the sequence of events around Sun’s release, including adding a screenshot taken from Yahoo! Finance which shows times various news items became available there. I’ve also added a link to a PRWeek article that provides a more balanced report than IR Magazine. I’ve also added an update about Business [...]
By Dominic Jones on July 12, 2007
ERIC Jackson, the individual shareholder and management consultant who launched an annual meeting campaign against Yahoo! with a wiki, a blog, YouTube and a lot of media interest, has turned his sights on a new target — struggling Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT). As reported by the Wall Street Journal’s Deal Journal, Jackson on Monday afternoon [...]