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Watch List

What is the 'Watchlist'

1. A list of securities being monitored closely by a brokerage or exchange in order to spot irregularities. Firms on the watchlist might be suspected of regulatory violations, about to issue new securities, attracting usually heavy volume, etc.
2. A list of securities being monitored for potential trading or investing opportunities. An investor or trader may have a watchlist of several, dozens or even hundreds of trading instruments. The investor waits for certain criteria to be met--such as trading over a certain volume, breaking out of a 52-week range or moving above its 200-day moving average--before placing trade orders.

Explaining 'Watchlist'

1. A watchlist is a used to specify companies where irregularities are present, or where the potential for insider trading or other corruption exists. The watchlist can be considered a surveillance tool used to identify risks from customers, consultants, suppliers and other business partners.


Further Reading


The economic function of credit rating agencies–What does the watchlist tell us?
www.sciencedirect.com [PDF]
… the first to give an extensive overview on the characteristics and information value of credit watches. They observe that watch-preceded rating changes are more often triggered by corporate events than are direct rating actions and that the watchlist instrument helps …

The economic function of credit rating agencies-What does the watchlist tell us?The economic function of credit rating agencies-What does the watchlist tell us?
papers.ssrn.com [PDF]
… the first to give an extensive overview on the characteristics and information value of credit watches. They observe that watch-preceded rating changes are more often triggered by corporate events than are direct rating actions and that the watchlist instrument helps …

Trade-based money laundering and terrorist financingTrade-based money laundering and terrorist financing
www.degruyter.com [PDF]
… the first to give an extensive overview on the characteristics and information value of credit watches. They observe that watch-preceded rating changes are more often triggered by corporate events than are direct rating actions and that the watchlist instrument helps …

The economics of rating watchlists: Evidence from rating changesThe economics of rating watchlists: Evidence from rating changes
www.econstor.eu [PDF]
… the first to give an extensive overview on the characteristics and information value of credit watches. They observe that watch-preceded rating changes are more often triggered by corporate events than are direct rating actions and that the watchlist instrument helps …

Credit watch and capital structureCredit watch and capital structure
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… the first to give an extensive overview on the characteristics and information value of credit watches. They observe that watch-preceded rating changes are more often triggered by corporate events than are direct rating actions and that the watchlist instrument helps …

The effect of commercial paper rating changes and credit‐watch placement on common stock pricesThe effect of commercial paper rating changes and credit‐watch placement on common stock prices
onlinelibrary.wiley.com [PDF]
… the first to give an extensive overview on the characteristics and information value of credit watches. They observe that watch-preceded rating changes are more often triggered by corporate events than are direct rating actions and that the watchlist instrument helps …

Terrorism watch lists, suspect ranking and decision-making biasesTerrorism watch lists, suspect ranking and decision-making biases
www.tandfonline.com [PDF]
… the first to give an extensive overview on the characteristics and information value of credit watches. They observe that watch-preceded rating changes are more often triggered by corporate events than are direct rating actions and that the watchlist instrument helps …

The clean air act watch list: An enforcement and compliance natural experimentThe clean air act watch list: An enforcement and compliance natural experiment
www.journals.uchicago.edu [PDF]
… the first to give an extensive overview on the characteristics and information value of credit watches. They observe that watch-preceded rating changes are more often triggered by corporate events than are direct rating actions and that the watchlist instrument helps …

Climate watch list: Key issues for Cancun NegotiationsClimate watch list: Key issues for Cancun Negotiations
www.osti.gov [PDF]
… the first to give an extensive overview on the characteristics and information value of credit watches. They observe that watch-preceded rating changes are more often triggered by corporate events than are direct rating actions and that the watchlist instrument helps …



Q&A About Watch List


How can you use a watchlist?

You can use a watchlist to specify companies where irregularities are present, or where the potential for insider trading or other corruption exists.

Who uses watchlists?

Watchlists are used by investors and traders to identify potential trading opportunities.

What is a watchlist?

A watchlist is a list of securities being monitored closely by a brokerage or exchange in order to spot irregularities.

What does it mean when something is on the "watch list"?

When something appears on the "watch list", it means that there may be some irregularity with that security. It also means that there may be an opportunity for profit from trades involving this security.

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