Static search is pretty easy, as the pic illustrates

Datastream:

Only the the latest calculated BETA can be retrieved from

**Datastream**as a number for active equities.

Static Request is needed.

But what is a beta?

Betas compare the movement of a stock against the market. Over a period it expresses the relative movement of the price against the market.

**Calculation method:**

The beta factor is derived by performing a least squares regression between adjusted prices of the stock and the corresponding Datastream market index.

The Datastream beta factor is calculated using stock
prices and market indices as the only variables.

Calculation is explained here (click link) Calculations in Excel:

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The following site explains

**how to calculate your own Betas**

http://financetrain.com/how-to-calculate-stock-beta-in-excel/

First step is : downloading prices for stock (P) and benchmark index (Pi) (the index it is traded)

2nd step: Calculate % returns: =((Cell2-Cell1)/(Cell1)*100

(see image above)

Step 3, Beta:

(1 option) Beta = Covar(rs - rm)/ var(rm)

rs = return stock and rm is return market

(2 option) (excel’s slope function) Beta = SLOPE(range of % change of equity, range of % change of index) (see image above for equity)

Historic BETAs can be calculated through the following formula:

REGB#(LN#(X/LAG#(X,1M)),LN#(Y/LAG#(Y,1M)),60M)

X = market index (e.g. TOTMKUK or FTALLSH) Y = equity (e.g. MKS)

Condition for your research is that the BETAs you calculated are from equities that are part of the same market Index, or else they can't be compared.

Or you can use the menu (ready made formula's) here

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