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Amenity Insights is the research and intelligence arm of Amenity Analytics. Powered by Amenity’s proprietary AI/NLP technology, Amenity Insights analyzes diverse pools of text data to uncover trends and information that highlights and lends context to the most compelling issues businesses face today.

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October 30, 2019

Ahead of the Fed: S&P 500 Bank Barometer

We’re back on Fed Watch! With the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee expected to announce another rate decision at 2pm on 30 October 2019, markets have baked in more than a 90% likelihood of a 25 basis point cut. We've kept a close eye on regional and diversified banks as earnings season progresses to gauge how lower rates are impacting management commentary as well as their business and economic implications. We share our analysis context ahead of the Fed’s announcement and press conference.
October 24, 2019

Sizing-Up New CEOs at Nike & Under Armour

Under Armour and Nike announced recently that their current CEOs are stepping aside and handing over control to the next generation of apparel giant leaders. Both successors have extensive experience in the upper echelons of corporate management. And as a result, we have both incoming CEOs on the proverbial record. We use Amenity’s suite of NLP tools below to analyze and estimate the level of clarity we can expect from Patrik Frisk and John Donahoe when they take the reins.
October 21, 2019

Earnings Update: Netflix 3Q19 Episode 2

In a follow-up to our Netflix 3Q19 preview, Amenity’s NLP models analyzed what analysts and executive language on the call related to business fundamentals. We observed a modest uptick in Netflix’s sentiment score this quarter, meaning that management spoke more positively about things that matter to business health than last quarter. In our view, we read the Netflix plotline playing out as a pivot to international user and content markets.
October 21, 2019

Earnings Preview: KMI & SLB Kick-off Energy Sector

Going into another week of earnings, we offer a sneak peek into the large cap energy firms. Robust production, softening demand, and fears of a slowing US economy are set against a backdrop of trade tensions and industrial uncertainty that have left energy firms exposed. Amenity’s NLP models examined two early energy reporters: Kinder Morgan (KMI) and Schlumberger (SLB), finding both companies’ net sentiment on fundamentals turning south.
October 16, 2019

Earnings Preview: Netflix Shed First Blood in Streaming Wars — What's Next?

Ahead of Netflix's 3Q19 earnings we took a look with the Amenity NLP toolkit to paint an objective picture of the company’s storyboard and found a drop off in positivity around key financial commentary and elevated deception. In their 3Q19 earnings call later today, we expect eyes to be fixated on screens when we get another commercial-free report from the company.
October 15, 2019

3Q19 Earnings: Financials Up First, Margins Out Front

Earnings kick off this week with Financials posting an early first round of results. In a lower interest rate environment, we’re conscious that some banks may be feeling the squeeze on net interest margins. To baseline analyst and investor expectations, we used Amenity’s NLP tools to examine margin-related commentary from the last round of earnings calls for each of the Financials reporting this week.
October 14, 2019

3Q19 Earnings Preview: Margins in Focus, Trick or Treat?

Third quarter earnings kick off this week with expectations of a single-digit decline in S&P 500 margins after slight contractions over the last two quarters. To set the stage for a busy earnings season, we used Amenity’s NLP models and text analytics tools to look closely at how public companies spoke about margins on earnings calls last quarter.
September 18, 2019

Sentiment Analysis: Updated Regional Bank Uncertainty Ahead of Fed Rate Decision

We follow up on our regional banks white paper, applying our NLP platform to the full set of earnings calls from regional banks this quarter to explore the state of uncertainty before an expected rate cut on September 18th. Our rationale for close scrutiny of regional bank earnings calls holds true since our last publication as we find deceptive commentary indicating there may be underlying uncertainty regarding headwinds to net interest margins.
July 30, 2019

Sentiment Analysis: Regional Banks Shaky Prior to the Fed's Interest Rate Decision

We use our NLP platform to analyze regional bank earnings calls and estimate economic uncertainty in advance of the Federal Reserve’s rate decision. We uncover elevated deception levels focused on margin topics related to interest rates and net interest income, revealing evasive and euphemistic language patterns.
July 24, 2019

Snapchat Earnings: Beyond the Headline a Look at Cost-Price

Snapchat's 2Q19 showed a turnaround moment with beats on user growth and revenue, but a look beyond the headlines through the lens of our text analytics platform shows that while Deception has tapered off SNAP's 1Q18 high, the trend in Cost-Price is worth a closer examination.
April 3, 2019

Deception Analysis Spots Trouble Behind Dave & Buster's Positive Earnings

Dave & Buster's Q4 earnings appeared positive on the surface, but our text analytics platform revealed that there are two concerns worth exploring. A Deception analysis of the earnings transcript showed a significant increase in language that was clichéd, evasive, vague, and containing euphamisms.
March 28, 2019

Text Analytics Uncovers the Question Executives Have Been Dreading in 2019

What question are executives most avoiding this year? We performed a Deception analysis with our text analytics platform to pinpoint one topic that drove the most deceptive responses by CEOs and CFOs in 2019 earnings calls.
March 27, 2019

Amenity Forecast Index: Upward Swing in US Outlook, Plus Macro Insights

As we close on Q1, our latest Forecast Index update reveals forward-looking commentary continues to improve, US consumer sentiment is mixed but skews positive, Juniper is the outlier with caution on 5G, plus wage and earnings pressures continue to make their presence felt.
March 21, 2019

Micron Earnings: Clouds Lifting? Text Analytics Points to Yes

While Micron's 2Q earnings reveal weakness, a closer look with our text analytics platform shows that Micron may have bottomed out, and could be poised for a resurgance in Cloud orders when comparing their latest sentiment with key players.
March 20, 2019

FedEx Earnings: Secular and Cyclical Issues at Play, Plus Something to Watch

As expected FedEx's FYQ3 earnings disappointed with the root cause being international and supply chain challenges. We used our text analytics platform to explore the issues as well as uncovered a new development around China that bears watching.
March 20, 2019

Smartsheet Earnings: Management Commentary Clouds Otherwise Strong Gains

Smartsheet's Q4 earnings came in as expected from our earlier analysis, however our text analytics platform picked up on some interesting management commentary around net expansion rate that could lead to some trouble down the road. Is this a trap door or is Smartsheet managing expectations?
March 18, 2019

FedEx Earnings Preview: Europe and Amazon Risks Ahead of Q3

We preview FedEx's FYQ3 earnings, using our text analytics platform to revisit Europe macro and supply chain challenges that were uncovered as part of our earlier FedEx assessment on December 2018. Our prognosis for Tuesday's earnings? Continued Europe issues and Amazon risk.
March 15, 2019

Sentiment Analysis: Tax Refunds OK, But Retail Pressures Remain

The latest IRS weekly tax return data give us the opportunity to track and compare earnings sentiment related to this year's tax refunds. This week shows refunds continue to stabilize which means they aren't the crushing headwind for Specialty Retail, so what is? Our analysis uncovers the real headwinds.
March 13, 2019

Smartsheet Earnings Preview: The Secret's Out for Our 2019 Top Pick

In December we used our text analytics platform to highlight Smartsheet (SMAR) as our top pick for 2019. Smartsheet has not disappointed, so we revisit our pick and review their latest earnings sentiment to determine if Smartsheet can close out the year atop the Technology sector.
March 8, 2019

Sentiment Analysis: Tax Refunds Stabilize, Retailers Cautious

The latest IRS weekly tax return data give us the opportunity to track and compare earnings sentiment related to this year's tax refunds. Our text analytics platform shows continued caution from retailers regarding refunds, but how much of that is truly refund related?
March 7, 2019

Kroger Earnings Analysis: The Bill for Digital Comes Due

Kroger's 4Q earnings reveal the grocer is reeling from attacks to its core business and digital expansion. Our previous Grocery sector analysis highlighted Kroger as particularly vulnerable to these threats. Today we use our text analytics platform to further explore these takeaways in the latest earnings sentiment.
March 5, 2019

Earnings Preview: Q1 2019 Strengths & Weaknesses

With the majority of companies reporting Q1 earnings next month, we use our text analytics platform to uncover areas of strength and weakness for investors to explore based on the latest management commentary from this quarter's earnings calls.
February 28, 2019

Sentiment Analysis: Tax Refund Update - All is Well?

As the IRS reports weekly tax return data we use our text analytics platform to track and compare earnings sentiment related to this year's tax refunds. With many companies relying on consumers spending their tax refund checks we will keep a close eye on sentiment vs the weekly IRS data.
February 27, 2019

Lowe's Earnings Analysis: Clear Skies vs Home Depot

Our analysis of Lowe's 4Q earnings shows many similarities with Home Depot's 4Q, but one key difference was revenue. Home Depot blamed their weak 4Q on weather while Lowe's had no problems and has momentum heading to the Spring.
February 15, 2019

SEC Filing Analysis: What Chased the Oracle of Omaha out of Oracle?

The latest 13-F SEC filing from Berkshire Hathaway indicated the company had sold its $2.1B holding in Oracle which was only established the previous quarter. For answers we used our text analytics platform to look back at the last two earnings call transcripts, and uncovered one hot button issue that may be the culprit.
February 12, 2019

The Downside of Tax Code Changes: Who Could be Vulnerable to Smaller Refund Checks?

We measure what refund impacts the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act might have on consumer spending by using our NLP platform to review earnings from the last tax refund delay of 2017. A query of earnings sentiment featuring the phrase "tax refund delay" reveals which companies might also be impacted in 1Q 2019.
February 7, 2019

NLP Text Mining In Finance: Quantifying the Significance

A recent study used our NLP platform to quantify the significance of NLP text mining in Finance which yielded significant results.
February 6, 2019

Emerson Earnings Analysis: A Sign of China Improvement Overall?

Emerson's FY1Q revenue missed consensus estimates, but our NLP analysis uncovered a clear uptick on China, and a positive skew in forward-looking commentary which mirros similar sentiment in the Industrials sector. The data suggests China could be improving overall.
February 1, 2019

Amenity Forecast Index: Marginal Improvement From the Lows

Our weekly Forecast Index update reveals forward-looking commentary improving from 12-month lows, China reaches status quo, and Industrials continue to provide positives.
January 31, 2019

GE Earnings Analysis: On the Right Side of Rock Bottom?

GE's 4Q earnings was viewed positively by the market, but our text analytics of the earnings sentiment still shows a lack of answers regarding their troubled Power division, which still leaves the company weak relative to its industrial peers.
January 30, 2019

Earnings Analysis: Apple's FY1Q19 More Than Just China

Amenity Analytics offers an innovative new model to text mining, combining machine learning with a rules-based approach. While rule composition serves as the foundation for our NLP technology, our solution employs full parsing; reducing the number of rules needed and is a profound improvement upon traditional rules-based models.
January 28, 2019

NVIDIA Earnings Alert: Text Analytics Shows Ongoing China Weakness, Plus Data Center Concern

We analyze NVIDIA's negative pre-earnings press release and explore the commentary. First we find the expected China impact, but also we uncover something we did not know which was data center warnings which echoes an earlier warning from Intel.
January 28, 2019

MarketWatch: Amenity Analytics' NLP Deciphers Sentiment From GE's Culp

GE earnings: Can CEO Culp Finally Set a Bullish Tone on the Conference Call?
January 24, 2019

Amenity Forecast Index: Sentiment at 12-month Low but Pockets of Strength Remain

Our weekly Forecast Index update reveals forward-looking commentary reaching 12-month lows, but a glimmer of hope remains in certain Industrial and Healthcare markets.
January 23, 2019

MedTech Earnings Alert: Waters' China Strength Mirrors JPM Conference Data

MedTech plays the role of outlier regarding China and Trade as Waters Corp's earnings call was bullish on both. Our earlier analysis on JP Morgan's Healthcare Conference identified MedTech as an industry that was bullish on China.
January 22, 2019

HAARETZ: Amenity Analytics Uses AI to Uncover Hidden Truths

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January 17, 2019

This Earnings Season Leave the Rearview Mirror Behind With the Amenity Forecast Index

We introduce our U.S. corporate sentiment tracker that focuses on forward-looking commentary from quarterly earnings calls. What sets index apart from others is our text analytics allows us to capture all significant financial sentiment. We explore three key takeaways from the data.
January 14, 2019

Healthcare Earnings Sentiment Analysis: Impact of 2019 Flu Season

As the 2019 flu season kicks into gear, we leveraged Viewer's NLP platform in conjunction with weekly CDC data to provide critical context to corporate sentiment among healthcare providers. This is a great example of how you can use text analytics to enhance existing data sets to draw meaningful insights.
January 7, 2019

Assured Research: Using Natural Language Processing to Create an Insurance Dashboard

We integrated insurance industry earnings call transcript data to visually represent key sentiment.
January 4, 2019

Grocery Sector Earnings Analysis: The Cost of Survival as Amazon Leans Into Delivery

Amazon is going full bore at the Grocery sector and delivery will be the battlefield. For a sector always dealing with margin pressure how will competitors in this space fare? For answers we leverage the power of our text analytics to quickly perform analysis at scale with our Query Insights feature to extract earnings sentiment from the phrase "delivery growth."
January 3, 2019

Apple's Investor Letter Analysis: Answering 4 Key Questions for Apple, Tech and Other China Risk

We apply our text analytics model to analyze Apple's January 2nd investor letter to help address four specific questions that go beyond the headlines that everyone already knows. How bad was it? Does our "Deception" Analysis reveal anything? Where else to look for China fallout? How does Apple's release compare to comments in the smartphone ecosystem? Find out in our article.
January 2, 2019

2018 Q4 Earnings Sentiment: Recapping Our Top Insights

While everyone is providing 2019 outlooks and forward-looking takes we review our top 4 insights from Q4 2018 based on our readership. Using our text analytics modeling we uncovered some interesting insights that would've been extremely difficult for professionals to determine with traditional analysis. What did our readers uncover? Read on to find out.
December 20, 2018

Spotting Deceptive Language in Earnings Sentiment: Reasons to Doubt Merck's Margin

We ran a "Deception" analysis on earnings call transcripts using Amenity Viewer's text analytics model to find companies where fundamentals appear solid, but may have cracks beneath the surface. Our Deception analysis uncovered Merck, where the company appeared unwilling to endorse some bullish analyst projections.
December 20, 2018

Earnings Sentiment Analysis at Scale: FedEx is Patient Zero as Supply Chain Issues Reverberate

Our ongoing coverage of Supply Chain risk reverberated with FedEx's disappointing earnings call. Is FedEx patient zero in the Supply Chain risk? We use Viewer and its Query Insights feature to perform sentiment analysis across sectors to identify 5 key takeaways from the FedEx results.
December 18, 2018

Earnings Sentiment Analysis at Scale: 5 Under the Radar Companies to Watch in 2019

Heading into 2019 we take a positive outlook on the market by using Viewer to perform text analytics at a market level scale which identified 5 companies that could ride positive momentum into the new year.
December 11, 2018

Sector Analysis: Who Has the Most to Lose in a U.S. vs China Trade Dispute?

With a U.S. – China trade war looming, we use Viewer and its Query Insights feature to explore what companies or sectors are at risk based on their earnings sentiment around positive expectations and trade war risk.
December 4, 2018

Smartsheet Earnings Analysis: Top of the Class Heading Into 2019

We use Viewer and its Query Insights feature to highlight Smartsheet (SMAR), a recent IPO bucking the trend in the Technology sector. We dive into the sentiment to understand if SMAR is a one-off or a sign of things to come for Tech.
November 28, 2018

Chico's Earnings Analysis: Is Our Retail Warning Ringing True?

Based on Viewer's earnings sentiment analysis in the Retail sector, we recently warned of supply chain issues impacting Retail in Q4. Is Chico’s the first among many in the sector to drop, or is it an outlier given it’s niche status?
November 21, 2018

Retail Sector Earnings Analysis: Beware Supply Chain Issues

We use Viewer and its Query Insights feature to analyze negative earnings sentiment across 11 companies in the retail/consumer space. The outcome? A negative outlook for the retail sector this holiday season.
November 20, 2018

Michael Kors Earnings Call Analysis: The Story Behind the Drop

The easy answer behind KORS double digit drop on Nov. 7 is that the company missed its revenue estimates, but we used Viewer to go beyond the operating performance and pull 3 insights that might have easily been missed by analysts not using natural language processing.
November 16, 2018

NVIDIA Earnings Call Analysis: Channel Pains

NVIDIA shares were down 20% following a disappointing quarter and guidance. We use Viewer to pull important commentary from their earnings call as well as take a look at the previous quarter's transcript to show what most analysts might have missed.
November 14, 2018

PG&E Under Pressure: 2017 Wildfire Liabilities Come Due

Recent pricing pressure at California utility PG&E allows us to preview how Viewer's NLP model is not only applicable to earnings call transcripts, but also SEC filings analysis. A key feature when transcripts lack direct information to significant events.
November 13, 2018

Does the House Always Win? Viewer Takes on Diverging Insights Among CZR & MGM

Using Viewer's NLP model we explore diverging sentiment between gaming companies, Ceaser's and MGM Resorts to get to the "why" behind the sentiment. Read the restults to see how you can use Viewer to pull meaningful insights from earnings transcripts quickly and accurately.
November 9, 2018

Facebook Recovered in Q3 - Is it Sustainable? We Explore with Amenity Viewer

Facebook impressed last week with its highest scoring earings call of the year on 10/30/18. We use Viewer to gather insights on past and present earnings sentiment to explore two questions: what drove the positive outcome and is this a sustainable trend?
November 5, 2018

Apple Earnings Call Analysis: Amenity Viewer Draws 3 Key Insights to Apple's FY4Q18 Earnings - Trouble Ahead?

Viewer quickly uncovers 3 key insights from Apple's earnings call. See how Amenity Viewer looks at the recent earnings transcripts to derive the underlying issues behind the negativity and potential pitfalls that lie ahead.
October 31, 2018

Colgate Earnings Call Analysis: Colgate's (CL) Disappointing Top Line, is it Surprising?

We explore Colgate-Palmolive's October earnings call to reveal some key insights behind their disappointing earnings call that were easily obtained using Viewer.
October 16, 2018

BlackRock Earnings Call Analysis: BLK Analysis to Kick Off the Unofficial Start of Earnings Season

The unoffical start to earnings season provides us with the opportunity to analyze BlackRock's earnings calls with Amenity Viewer.
October 12, 2018

Delta Earnings Call Analysis: DAL - Setting the Stage for Earnings

Amenity Viewer analyzes Delta's previous earnings call transcripts to set the stage for Delta's upcoming earnings call. We explore two key themes that dominated 2Q earnings call for Delta and the industry as a whole: Fuel costs and Demand.
October 9, 2018

ISCA Earnings Call Analysis: ISCA - Anatomy of a Miss...and Capitulation?

We used Amenity Viewer to analyze the disappointing International Motor Speedway Corp (ISCA) earnings calls and look for insights related to these key questions: Did the company kitchen sink the guide? Or is this jsut the first shoe to drop?
September 25, 2018

Nike Earnings Call Analysis: insights ahead of Nike earnings

We put the Amenity Viewer to work in preparing for tonight’s Nike earnings call, quickly drilling into the key drivers from earnings calls among competitors and channel partners. We highlight key themes and data points to watch.
September 12, 2018

Apple FY3Q 2018 Earnings Analysis

You may know and use the Amenity Viewer as the killer research tool for discovering critical insights from thousands of earnings calls every quarter. That is only half the battle. “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail” - Attributed to multiple people At Amenity, we always look at our data through the eyes of the user. This post captures both our preparation ahead of Apple’s Third Quarter 2018 earnings call, and also our post-call review.