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Asia investors increasingly seeking unorthodox data sources in battle to beat benchmarks

Starting with satellite imagery of construction activity on the ground, a Blackrock team added freight traffic and other data and determined that China was on the verge of a cyclical rebound.

Hong Kong

SOMETIME in the third quarter of 2016, Blackrock's scientific active equity team, which manages US$80 billion globally, began picking up increased signs of construction activity on the ground in China by using satellite imagery.

Using that as a starting point and adding...

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