I'm interested in the impact of a press release on related stock prices. The reliability of the timestamp is also important to me.

Of course, an important point here is the realtime latency of a platform, i.e. how many (milli)seconds pass from the publication at the source until this message reaches its destination. This is not the main aspect I'm looking for, but rather: How accurate and precise are the timestamps (creation, modification, publication...) that are attached to a news message, e.g. a press release? Imagine using the data in a scientific publication, then the data points used in a graph should have error bars (better: a standard deviation) on the t axis.


Can anyone explain to me how this works? E.g.

  • Is there a standardized timestamp format for press releases (at least within an agency)?
  • Are there typical latencies for premium platforms and "normal" brokers (Bloomberg Terminal vs. IBKR/Yahoo Finance)?
  • Is the displayed date usually the creation date or the modified date or does anyone even care?
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    $\begingroup$ A lot of people care, so much that it's a huge business - BBG sells so called event driven feeds, as do most competitors. Standard for API solution will be UTC time stamps. I cannot comment on what provider will be fastest because it's not my area of expertise but generally this will cost a lot of money because information advantages are "priceless", although you do not need real time, which should be cheaper. If you have access to Bloomberg, you can ask them on their systems detail. $\endgroup$
    – AKdemy
    Aug 3 at 17:55
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    $\begingroup$ You should usually find NIST and UTC is used throughout and they are essentially the same time. NIST is the “US version” of the UTC time standard and they synch to each other. As an end user with a GUI (Reuters or BBG terminal for example) you will see the time of your interface's settings but underneath it will be synced to UTC almost surely. $\endgroup$
    – AKdemy
    Aug 3 at 18:09
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    $\begingroup$ The only way to get accurate timestamps without paying is to record them yourself in realtime, this isn't an easy problem to solve. You won't get them from the website itself, yeah it will say "published 7:00pm" but it could have been pushed live several ms before or after 7:00pm. $\endgroup$
    – pyCthon
    Aug 4 at 16:26
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    $\begingroup$ I would not trust TradingView. It is very unlikely that the actual source of the news will be slower (your first link is a Reuters article, written by a Reuters journalist and published on Reuters). I know you do not care about real time, but the only way News providers will care about exact time stamps is if they record it accurately themselves. As you figured out yourself, the time stamps of various agencies depends on the time they receive / retrieve it, and store it on their system. $\endgroup$
    – AKdemy
    Aug 4 at 22:30
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    $\begingroup$ Bloomberg will not have a latency in your use case. The time stamp is what is recorded on Bloomberg's side - in real time applications, proximity to the server matters, but it will still read the same timestamp, no whether where you are. Unix Epoch is based on UTC under the hood as well, as confirmed by [Tradingviews]tradingview.com/pine-script-docs/en/v4/concepts/Time.html own documentation. Bottom line is that you will need to pay for a service that will be reliable and accurate. None will always be quicker than the other, but Reuters and Bloomberg will be very close to the top $\endgroup$
    – AKdemy
    Aug 4 at 22:38


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