What is Squawk Box?

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A squawk box is a speaker commonly found on the desks of financial advisors (brokers) and traders, providing virtually nonstop reports about important news, trends, transactions and sales initiatives.

The trading desks, securities analysts and retail sales management are the prime contributors to the commentary on a firm’s squawk box. Most frequently, the squawk box is used to mobilize financial advisors (brokers) into finding buyers for securities in which the trading desks have accumulated large inventory positions, or to help investment banking sell new issues which are not fully subscribed by investors.

Securities analysts also may listen to the squawk box as a means to follow breaking developments in the markets and on their firms’ trading desks.

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