(Stock) Events in Datastream

Question: I know Thomson One and Zephyr can be used to find deals and events for companies. Also Wharton WRDS can be used to find stock events and splits for US companies. Is there an other way to find events such as stock splits?

Answer: In Datastream there is a section Corporate Actions. Those are all Static datatypes, but within the Static results you can see historic values.

Search in the Static request, Datatypes, for the word EVENT and you will find some.

This one for example:

Economics / Statistics

Country Risk Indicators

Question: Do we have access to Country Risk Indicators from the PRS Group as UvA users?

Answer: No, the faculty didn’t choose to subscribe to this data. A very good free online alternative is The Worldwide Governance Indicators (WGI) project from the Worldbank. It reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for over 200 countries and territories over the period 1996–2015, for six dimensions of governance:

  • Voice and Accountability
  • Political Stability and Absence of Violence
  • Government Effectiveness
  • Regulatory Quality
  • Rule of Law
  • Control of Corruption



Credit ratings for companies

In the UvA databases it can be quite hard to obtain credit ratings for lists of companies over a period of time. A solution can be to use the Fitch Ratings variable in Datastream. This works on lists of companies when available from 2002 onwards.

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