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An investigation into correlations between financial sentiment and prices in financial markets

Gaskell, Paul, McGroarty, Frank and Tiropanis, Thanassis (2013) An investigation into correlations between financial sentiment and prices in financial markets Proceedings of the 5th Annual ACM Web Science Conference, pp. 99-108. (doi:10.1145/2464464.2464510).

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There is now a small but growing literature showing some relationship between sentiment contained within blogs, online news article and message boards and price movements in financial markets. Typically, researchers use keyword searching to find financially relevant messages, then rate them in terms of their how positive or negative the sentiment they contain is in relation to prices.

Through an exploratory analysis of the statistical nature of word frequency movements on Twitter, we highlight some issues with this approach and define how a sentiment variable could be constructed to generate well specified linear regression models.

We then address a second issue of how to model time. Current research has used units of a day or week for both sentiment and price series. There is no discussion in the literature in this area as to what the best unit of time might be, or indeed, if there is a weekly topology to sentiment price correlations. We present two models which explore how these factors affect sentiment-price correlations.

Finally we present results correlating financial sentiment on Twitter to the price of the Standard and Poor's Index of 500 Leading Shares. We report both contemporaneous (R squared values up to 0.35) and predictive correlations (R squared values up to 0.27) between our sentiment metric and prices. Scale and weekly topology both appear significant factors that would benefit inclusion in future models.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 1 January 2013
Published date: May 2013
Venue - Dates: Proceedings of the 5th Annual ACM Web Science Conference, France, 2013-05-02 - 2013-05-04
Organisations: Centre for Digital, Interactive & Data Driven Marketing


Local EPrints ID: 356113
ISBN: 978-1-4503-1889-1
PURE UUID: 875a31de-953e-4f2b-979d-b59cbf5338e3
ORCID for Thanassis Tiropanis: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 10 Sep 2013 10:59
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:41

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