Quiver Quantitative, the pioneering company behind an alternative data platform designed for retail investors, has been actively tracking stock market trades made by US Congress members and other political figures. Some of the trades have been notably controversial, mainly due to their timing or because they violated federal laws.
In a similar effort, Quiver Quantitative has introduced a unique metric known as the “DC Insider Score.” This system quantifies the close ties between companies and the US government, drawing on data related to three key data points.
Pfizer, Ford, Microsoft among closest to US government
As described on the official site, DC Insider Score is a proprietary metric that is based on data related to three main factors, including congressional stock trading, corporate lobbying, and government contracts.
“We rank these companies based on their presence in each category over the last year and average those rankings to create the final DC Insider Score.”– says the official description.
According to this ranking system, the five companies that have the closest ties to the US government are Pfizer (NYSE: PFE), Ford (NYSE: F), Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Honeywell (NASDAQ: HON), and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT).
Each of the five companies currently has a DC Insider Score of 98, based on their significant lobbying activities, the number of contracts they secured from the US government, and the number of stock investments made by Congress members in these companies.
Other companies with high DC Insider Score
While the aforementioned five companies are clearly most related to the world’s most powerful government, the difference between them and those below them is not significant.
For instance, firms such as Accenture (NYSE: ACN), General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), Abbott Laboratories (NYSE: ABT), and UPS (NYSE: UPS) have also registered considerable presence in the three categories. The former two have a DC Insider Score of 98, while the latter two carry 97.
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