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  • The Worst Performing IPOs Of 2012 [View article]
    Our apologies. We sourced that info from the Wall Street Journal link above.
    Dec 6, 2012. 09:36 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Seeking Alpha User Behavior Predict Stock Market Direction? [View article]
    Hi,

    In the article you refer to, we never claimed that Bullish sentiment on Twitter was bullish for a stock. At the time of writing that article, our sample size was too small to come to any conclusions. It was written purely as an informative "list of stocks" piece.

    But for what its worth, our sample size of Twitter data is growing, and our ongoing studies show that oversold + bullish twitter sentiment is actually a pretty good contrarian indicator (as your performance analysis also suggests).

    All of our existing algorithms have defined holding periods, and we publish all of our backtests (several backtest links are included in this article, for example).

    Hope that clears up some of the confusion.
    Sep 11, 2012. 09:55 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Seeking Alpha User Behavior Predict Stock Market Direction? [View article]
    Hey Dr. Kris,

    The "bots" on Twitter are those companies that post sel-promoting links to their own sites, and load it up with tickers to show up on stocktwits / Yahoo Finance etc.

    Counting these ticker mentions in any Twitter ticker volume algorithm will likely introduce a lot of noise...
    Sep 10, 2012. 02:26 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Seeking Alpha User Behavior Predict Stock Market Direction? [View article]
    Thats an excellent idea for a trading signal! We'll see if we can get our hands on data like that...
    Sep 10, 2012. 02:03 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Seeking Alpha User Behavior Predict Stock Market Direction? [View article]
    That'll be great! Sentiment analysis is really hard to do well, curious to see what you're up to.
    Sep 10, 2012. 10:47 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Seeking Alpha User Behavior Predict Stock Market Direction? [View article]
    Its tough to focus on author performance---mainly due to the fact that they never really provide holding periods for their recommendations.

    Also, its almost impossible to know what the cost basis is for an article (due to the delay between submission and publishing).

    But we will be looking at the impact on stock performance if an influential author, with a large number of followers, start writing about a specific stock.

    For now though, we're staying focused on macro trends--specifically focusing on ETFs (too much specific risk with individual stocks)
    Sep 10, 2012. 10:28 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Seeking Alpha User Behavior Predict Stock Market Direction? [View article]
    Yep. Exactly what we're thinking. Twitter is very noisy if you're looking at ticker mentions, but it actually becomes very predictive when you look at tweets about economic conditions, like "I just lost my job" or "have a job interview tomorrow" etc.

    The data is there. The trick is to get rid of the noise and focus on the stuff that matters. Very often, that comes down to separating human users from the bots.
    Sep 10, 2012. 10:23 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Top 20 Fastest Growing Stocks On Seeking Alpha [View article]
    Hi David,

    Hope all is well.

    We did some testing on a small sample of subscriber trends, and happy to report that we managed to build several predictive algorithms. Here's the link to our case study: http://bit.ly/Uy07is

    We'll also publish this study to SeekingAlpha shortly...
    Sep 7, 2012. 12:11 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Squeeze Potential? The Top 3 Most Shorted Industries [View article]
    Yep, its based on the most recent short data releases. The next batch of short ratios should be updated again by month end...we'll be sure to post an update.
    Aug 28, 2012. 11:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The Top 20 Fastest Growing Stocks On Seeking Alpha [View article]
    We're looking into it. Will update you in this comment feed if we find something.

    Our gut says that it should be predictive of the absolute value of alpha, at the very least.
    Aug 28, 2012. 07:53 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Wizzard Software: New Acquisition Transforms Company's Stock [View article]
    It should be noted that the company just released an important press release, updating investors on the revenue projections. The entire press release can be found here (we've updated our previous report):
    http://bit.ly/MAEjPc
    Aug 2, 2012. 08:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Foot Traffic Indicator: Top Companies With Increasing Foot Traffic [View article]
    Hi MWinMD, and thanks for your feedback.

    First of all, this index is calculated for a very short time interval (February 2 - March 17), so we don't think the numbers are heavily impacted by the change in enabled devices.

    Essentially, we took a snapshot of social media checkins for all the companies on February 2, and took another snapshot of the same universe of stocks on March.

    We normalized the data based on the number of stores in our database for each company, as to make the growth in check-ins comparable. After that, we ranked the growth numbers from highest to lowest (the complete list is shown above).

    Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The data is there, the trick is to structure it in a way to make it useful for investment decisions.

    We'll write more reports on this data over the coming weeks.
    Mar 22, 2012. 05:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Job Posting Trends: Worrying Sign For These 10 Companies? [View article]
    Thanks for the feedback! Good insight into ZIP. We'll look into the JWN data set to see if there's an error. These data feeds are all works in progress :)
    Mar 20, 2012. 04:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • hhgregg: Will Gas Price Trends Provide Upside? [View article]
    Care to elaborate? Any feedback would be appreciated...
    Mar 20, 2012. 03:39 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 10 Oversold Stocks Seeing Bullish Sentiment On Twitter [View article]
    True. But Google Trends just looks at the search volume trends.

    We took this a step further, actually performing a sentiment analysis on each individual tweet, figuring out whether it expresses a positive, negative, or neutral opinion on the ticker.

    Happy to send you the raw data if you want to have a look. Just send us a message on our profile page.
    Mar 18, 2012. 05:44 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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