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March 24, 2015

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January 28, 2015

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January 21, 2015

Join us for a webinar explaining results from our newest equities sentiment research:  "Arbitraging News Sentiment Across Global Equities", ​hosted by Unicom and presented by Dr. Peterson.

Recent Press

April 27, 2015

Hopkins research finds Twitter mood predicts success of IPOs -- Lorraine Mirabella Bloomberg Business

April 24, 2015

Emotional Arbitrage -- Chris Hall The Trade

January 29, 2015

Watch Out: Financial Advisors Are Selling ‘Life Planning’ Services -- Joanne Cleaver U.S. News and World Report


April 05, 2015

Belief, Rigidity, and the Power of Critical Thinking

“Herbalife: the customers are fictitious, the business opportunity is a scam, the university degree is a fraud.”
~ Bill Ackman

Multilevel marketing preys on a suspension of disbelief.  The radio show “This American Life” ran a report on a multilevel marketing venture called “WakeUpNow” (WUN).  WUN’s business was very difficult for the reporters to ascertain.  It appeared to be cultivating a positive belief that one could convince others to hold the same positive belief (and pay for a monthly subscription while doing so).  The radio story about the company reveals the psychology behind the multi-level marketing of belief.  The company now appears shuttered.

Herbalife (HLF) is the best-known multi-level marketing company.  Bill Ackman, a successful hedge fund manager, took a $1 billion short position in HLF in 2012.  He claimed that Herbalife is multi-level marketing scam that preys on the poor and the ignorant.  Others joined him. Per The Atlantic magazine in 2014, critics claim “Herbalife is targeting groups who are easily victimized by false promises of riches.”  On the other side, Carl Icahn accumulated a 17% stake in Herbalife and claimed it was a legitimate business.  

Again according to The Atlantic, “Fundamentally, Herbalife targets our cognitive weaknesses, though which weaknesses is a subject of debate.”  HLF is not unlike many other businesses (payday loans, tobacco, etc…) that prey on biases.    HLF and WUN are selling positive belief – the belief that one can get rich through effort and chutzpah.  

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World Markets

- (30 day data)

Price Buzz Sntment Econunc Govinst
United States -100.0%
United Kingdom +3.6%
Germany +1.4%
Japan +3.6%
China +22.7%
India -1.0%

updated 2015-04-27

Currencies

- (30 day data)

Price Buzz Sntment Prcfrc Volatil
US Dollar +1.2%
Euro -1.2%
Brazilian Real +6.8%
Japanese Yen -0.0%

updated 2015-04-27

Commodities

- (30 day data)

Price Buzz Sntment Prodvol Cnsmvol
Crude Oil +16.9%
Natural Gas -4.1%
Gold -2.1%
Corn -6.8%

updated 2015-04-27

US Sectors

- (30 day data)

Price Buzz Sntment Innovtn Earnfct
Technology +4.3%
Energy +7.3%
Utilities +2.9%
Financials +1.5%
Industrials +1.4%

updated 2015-04-27

US Large Cap

- (30 day data)

Price Buzz Sntment Mktrisk Fundmstr
Apple Inc +7.6%
Bank of America Corp +1.6%
General Electric Co +8.1%
JPMorgan Chase & Co +4.7%
Microsoft Corp +17.2%
Wal-Mart Stores Inc -2.4%

updated 2015-04-27


Countries Top Lists

- (30 day data)

Debt Default
Highest Lowest
Brazil Pakistan
Italy Israel
China Philippines
Ireland Belgium
Spain Turkey
Budget Deficit
Highest Lowest
Brazil Germany
Ireland Japan
Russia Hong Kong
France Singapore
Saudi Arabia Pakistan

updated 2015-04-27

Currencies Top Lists

- (30 day data)

Conflict
Highest Lowest
Turkish Lira Egyptian Pound
Indian Rupee Israeli Shekel
South African Rand Polish Zloty
New Zealand Dollar Thai Baht
Indonesian Rupiah Russian Ruble
Love Hate
Highest Lowest
New Zealand Dollar Hong Kong Dollar
Swedish Krona Thai Baht
Polish Zloty Indonesian Rupiah
Chinese Yuan Renminbi Singapore Dollar
Japanese Yen South African Rand

updated 2015-04-27

Commodities Top Lists

- (30 day data)

Volatility
Highest Lowest
Palladium Hogs
Soybeans Copper
Orange Juice Cattle
Crude Oil Silver
Platinum Gold
Long Short
Highest Lowest
Gold Cattle
Wheat Palladium
Silver Coffee
Orange Juice Crude Oil
Hogs Platinum

updated 2015-04-27

Equities Top Lists

- (30 day data)

Conflict
Highest Lowest
Corning Inc Seagate Technology PLC
Monsanto Co Universal Health Services Inc
Comcast Corp International Business Machines Corp
Vulcan Materials Co Electronic Arts Inc
Exelon Corp Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc
Trust
Highest Lowest
VF Corp Consolidated Edison Inc
Cigna Corp Kraft Foods Group Inc
EOG Resources Inc ConAgra Foods Inc
EMC Corp Cablevision Systems Corp
Tyson Foods Inc Kansas City Southern

updated 2015-04-27