What is Squawk and Why Use It

Thu Nov 5, 2020, 04:33 pm | by Delaney | No comments

You may have heard of Squawk before, but what exactly is it?

Squawk is a tool used by traders around the world to make it easier to hear key headlines, ratings, and more. This guide will breakout down what Squawk is, why you should use it, and how to use Benzinga Pro’s audio Squawk.

What is Squawk? 

Traditionally, Squawk Boxes are used by brokerage firms, trading floors, investment banks and brokerages. A Squawk Box is an intercom that lets analysts and traders communicate with brokers. 

However, nowadays, Audio Squawks are used by traders all over the world to get audio alerts to key information. 

Squawk is an audio live stream that alerts you to key market news and numbers. Squawk alerts may include: 

  • Breaking news 
  • Real-time market updates 
  • Economic figures 
  • Analyst Ratings 
  • Option Alerts 
  • Volume Spikes 
  • Rumors 
  • And more! 

Different squawk services may focus on one area more than another.

Why Use an Audio Squawk? 

There are several reasons to use an audio Squawk. 

Convenience 

If you have limited monitor space, or limited time to dedicate to trading, Squawk is a great tool to make sure you don’t miss out on key information. All you have to do is open up the Squawk and let it play in the background. 

Filter Out the Noise 

There is a LOT of news out there. Squawk helps you filter out all of the noise by only sharing the key news and headlines.  

Quickly Hear News 

Squawk is an easy way to quickly hear news—the work is done for you. Quickly hear breaking news broadcasted via audio when you don’t have time to scan a Newsfeed or are busy looking at screeners and scanners.

How to Use Benzinga Pro’s Audio Squawk 

Benzinga Pro’s Squawk focuses on key headlines and real-time market news. Our newsdesk broadcasts Squawk from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time to alert you to key headlines, breaking news, rumors, volume spikes, and more.

While Squawk runs from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Benzinga only broadcasts the news you need to know, so you don’t have to worry about a constant stream of news. Squawk helps filter out the noise and notify you of the key headlines and data. 

However over the Squawk icon on the left side of Benzinga Pro. When you hover, it will expand to open the Squawk menu. 

On the left side of the menu, you can pause or play the audio stream. You can also mute, adjust volume, and check your connection status in the menu. 

For the status menu, green indicates a solid connection and grey indicates the connection has stopped, and you need to press play for audio to continue. 

Final Thoughts

Squawk is an easy and convenient tool that can be a great asset to traders. Squawk services provideo breaking news updates, key data, analyst ratings, and so much more to help you with your trading strategy.

Click here to start your free, two-week trial of Benzinga Pro to try out our Squawk service.