Keeping Up With the Dow Joneses

In the securities markets, trading firms are constantly competing to obtain the most valuable information and to apply it in a way that optimizes the prices at which securities are bought and sold. Under these ideal conditions, firms can realize enormous trading profits.

Orders are often placed electronically, based on decisions made using a variety of data inputs such as news feeds, bid and ask prices, as well as trading volume history. In recent years, data inputs such as news feeds have become

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