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E-Resources for Country Information

All the resources are available online both on and off campus with the exception of Datastream which can be accessed from specific terminals on campus only.


Risk / Sovereign debt

E-Resources for Company Information

All the resources are available online both on and off campus with the exception of Datastream which can accessed from specific terminals on campus only.

Industry information

Most industry databases use Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes to organise their data.

The classification provides a framework for the collection, tabulation, presentation and analysis of data, and its use promotes uniformity.

In addition, it can be used for administrative purposes and by non-government bodies as a convenient way of classifying industrial activities into a common structure. (Source: ONS )


Industry and Country information Bloomberg

The code ESNP – Provides economic statistics by country

Economic indicators – example Spain unemployment rate

Type ECST into command bar. Under Functions choose ECST World Economic Statistics.

Choose a country (in this case type and select Spain) in the amber- coloured field.

Choose Labor Market. In the centre of the screen find datasets available on this subject.

Click on any dataset name for more detailed data.

Click on the Graph icon to the right of any dataset(s) to create a chart.

Change date range etc. as required.

Right click chart, choose Copy/export options,

Copy data to clipboard.

Paste data into Excel.

Alternative: create chart as above, choose 7 Workbench above the chart.

Change date range etc.

Use red tab 2 Export to export chart or data.

Exchange rates – example £ - €

Type GBPEUR into command line. Under Securities, choose GPBEUR Curncy.

Choose GP Historical Line Chart. Change date and frequency (= period) as required. Right click chart, choose Copy/export options, Copy data to clipboard. Paste data into Excel.

Tip: to find a currency code use FXTF – FX Ticker Finder - and browse by region. Or type a country – example Brazil - into command line. Under Securities you will see BRL Curncy. This means the code for the Brazilian Real is BRL. You can now use this to search for any Real exchange rates – for example GBRBRL, USDBRL, BRLEUR... 


Bloomberg can be searched by keywords and menus, but it is often more efficient to use Bloomberg mnemonic shortcuts and the color-coded keyboard for various functions. 

These basic instructions will get you started.  Use the built-in Guides for more detailed searches. 

It is easy to find industry infomation.  You can simply type:  industry or the Bloomberg mnemonic:  BI

Type the name of an industry, e.g. Semiconductor, Airlines, Media, or as in the example below:  Internet and Bloomberg will try to find the industry You can see the result Internet, Bloomberg has found the Internet Media industry,  with the Mnemonic:  BI INET


The Industry Analysis page provides information and data on industries, including overviews like Bull-Bear Outlook an Industry Primer, detailed analysis, e.g. Valuation of peer groups, and multiple other tools for analysis.

You will find Bloomberg installed on PCs in the following areas:

  • Two in the Moore Building Atrium
  • One in MX126
  • One in MC216
  • Three in the CBT Lab (MX035)
  • Two in Bedford Library Level 2 in the Short Loan collection

You will be able to identify the ones with Bloomberg installed by the keyboards.

1. How do I search for a company by name?

Type the company name at the cursor prompt and select the company from the list of suggested companies that appears below the name you typed


If you do not see your company name in the list of suggested companies, hit the <HELP> key and then click onCompanies or Equities

2. How do I use the graphing function?


G <GO> then choose 1 <GO> to create a new graph. Follow instructions to set-up a graph.
3. How do I find Exchange Rate information?

For Exchange Rates by region enter:


For World Currency Rates enter:

4. Historical Pricing
You can click on the historical pricing option in the company’s menu.
Alternatively if you know the ticker symbol  you can search this way:

Ticker Symbol <EQUITY> HP <GO> for Historical Prices

Ticker Symbol <EQUITY> GP <GO> for a Historical Price Graph with Volume
For example if you were searching for British Airways you would search:
Top tip – you can export all the Historical Pricing information from the GP menu by right clicking on the graph and selecting export data to excel.
5. How do I find a list of bonds from around the world?

Enter:  WB <GO> for a listing of benchmark government bonds around the world

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