The fiercest recent boardroom battle at a big UK company comes to a head on Thursday. Shareholders will vote on whether to eject the board of Bumi, a coal miner with $1.4bn in sales, in favour of a group led by financier Nat Rothschild. Controversy over Bumi, created by injecting Indonesian mines into a London-listed shell in 2010, has damaged the reputation of the UK market.
Bitcoin and electric vehicles are two topics that interest you deeply, according to our data. We featured both this week, as we do regularly. What, at the risk of being self-referential, is Lex to make of surges in reader interest in particular topics? There are common characteristics. First, anything that is, or might be, widely disruptive for business attracts eyeballs. At a secondary level, subjects that divide opinion are popular.
Could the last domestic customer to leave Centrica switch off the lights — and turn off the gas too? Reaching that end point would take the energy group years of shedding 387,000 account holders at a time, as it did in the first six months of 2017. But the drop still pushed down profits at British Gas, just as the subsidiary moved to raise them with a contentious 12.5 per cent increase in domestic energy prices. That is the problem with Centrica.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".