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Stock picking with Google trends and Google search

Google Trends, a tool that looks at patterns of searches and words that are trending on google search on the Internet ,could be a potential money-spinner for investors as it provides hints of impending stock movements, a  new study by researchers have revealed  on Thursday.


Research done by a group led by Tobias Preis at Warwick Business School in central England analysed data from Google Trends from 2004 to 2011

Tobias Preis is a German complex systems scientist. He is Associate Professor of Behavioral Science and Finance at Warwick Business School which is a department of the University of Warwick.Wikipedia.

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They looked at the volume of searches for 98 terms some of them below








The results from this study from Google Trends search query volumes for certain terms could be used in the construction of profitable stock trading strategies or stock trading software systems


The researchers made a virtual portfolio of investment in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA),  and made a stock selection strategy based on search volumes that occurred  on the search engine and taking in the trend data. Their strategy included selling the following day  in the markets if  the terms tracked had a high search volume   and then repurchasing later. If the search volume on Sunday was low compared with the previous week, the researchers “bought” the following day.

Using the keyword “debt” from the trend data the term that saw the most fluctuation during the study period the strategy netted a whopping cyber-profit of 326 percent over seven years.

The paper suggests that search requests are a potential indicator of intent about investment decisions  and the study also suggests when many people are seeking information about a particular subject or keyword on a Sunday, this is a sign of worry and gives signal that they are likely to ditch stock when the market opens on the Monday.

This research data goes to prove that profitable stock trading systems could possibly be built  by using  free available data from search engines

Brazil economy slowdown fears and currency swaps

President Dilma Rousseff is said  to cut federal taxes  according to a government official with knowledge of the decision, with cuts on basic foods in a bid to tame inflation, after a report showed today consumer prices rose more than analysts forecast for an eighth straight month.

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Brazil’s swap rates climbed to a six-month high as a report showed annual inflation accelerated in February, fueling speculation the central bank will lift borrowing. Latin America’s biggest economy expanded 0.9 percent in 2012, its slowest pace in three years, the national statistics agency reported March 1

Tax cuts failed to kick-start the economy last year,  in spite of  weaker currency and lower cost borrowings.  The Annual inflation grew to 6.31 percent and has exceeded the central bank’s 4.5 percent target for 30 months with economists forecast 2013 inflation at 5.7 percent.


The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Brazil expanded 0.60 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 over the previous quarter. GDP Growth Rate in Brazil is reported by the IBGE.

Brazil currency “real” has rallied 5.5 percent against the dollar this year, with  the central bank has swung between selling currency swaps to prevent the real from falling too quickly and offering reverse currency swaps to protect exporters by preventive excessive gains.

OGX Petroleo & Gas Participacoes SA (OGXP3) to LLX Logistica SA (LLXL3) surged yesterday as investors put faith in Esteves, whose BTG is the most profitable Brazilian bank and likes his chances of bringing back these companies on track and profitability.

Brazilian billionaire Eike Batista signed an agreement this week with Grupo BTG Pactual’s Andre Esteves to co-run a strategic and financial management committee for his six publicly traded companies. Esteves, 44, is worth $4.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index with his fortunes derived mostly from his 22 percent stake in BTG Pactual.

Africa Mining and the Future

Mining is a growing   enterprise in many African countries.  The continent is known to be producing over 60 mineral and metal products through mining. Several countries in the  African continent  are known for  producing the world most  vital mineral  and metal products such  as  Gold, Silver Diamonds, Chromium, Uranium, Manganese, Cobalt, Nickel, Bauxite and  a lot more.

Future of Mining industry in Africa

Although the mining business is thriving in African to some extent, the continent still remains underexplored.  Despite this, the continent is known for hosting over 30% of the world’s mineral reserves with particular emphasis on gold, diamond and cobalt.  In fact, the mining development in the continent has been focused on diamond and gold exploration.  Yet,   a lot need to be achieved in the near future.  Several explorations need to be carried in order to maximize the natural resources available in many of the African countries.

Several African nations are known   for having thriving mining enterprise. Madagascar and Nigeria have the greatest potentials   for industrial and base metal deposits.  However, the mining enterprise is mainly thriving in Ghana, South Africa, Zambia, DRC, and Tanzania.  Other countries rely on the mining industry as major foreign currency earners. Among such African countries include Namibia, Zambia, Botswana and Sierra Leone.

Currently, several new mines are opening up in some African countries such as South Africa, Tanzania, Namibia, Gabon and Botswana.  Some of the metals and minerals expected to be mined in such countries include gold, chrome, niobium products, diamond and base metals.   A lot of new discoveries are being made in many of the African countries.  For instance, there’s a recent discovery of diamond in Mauritania and in Southern Namibia.

Mining potential in African Countries

In any case, despite the potential of the mining enterprise in Africa, the future of   the business is very bleak. This is because of the incessant political and economic turmoil that characterize the African continent.  Several African nations have passed through civil wars.  Some of them are currently having   political and economic problems.  Political instability, bribery and corruption are thriving in many of the African nations.  This has continued to affect the development of the mining industry and other vital economic sectors.

Again, the growing insecurity in the African continent also poses a great threat to the mining enterprise.  There’s the issue of guerrilla attacks, Boko Haram terrorist attacks, armed robbery, bombings and killings here and there.  All these ugly facts have continued to mar the future of mining in the continent.  Several mines in some of the affected countries have been shut down.  The global economic crisis also affects the mining business in Africa.

In any case, there’s still hope for the African mining enterprise despite the challenges on ground. It’s expected that future governments in the African nations will rise up to the challenge of promoting the mining business. We still hope for a better future in the midst of the existing challenges.

Facebook other founder Brazilian American Savarin dumps US citizenship

Mark zukenberg the 27-year-old Facebook Inc. founder could face a tax bill of more than $1 billion after the company’s initial public offering, expected next week.

Brazilian Other founder gets Singapore Citizenship

Tax analysts says, his Harvard classmate “Eduardo Saverin” who is known as “the other Facebook founder” may have found a way to cut the bill. Eduardo Saverin, who now lives in Singapore, has given up his U.S. citizenship.

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Saverin, 30, was born and raised in Brazil and moved to the United States in 1992. He became a U.S. citizen in 1998 and has spent the last four years living in Singapore.  Singapore does not have a capital gains tax

Saverin is currently No. 634 on the Forbes list of billionaires, with an estimated wealth of $2 billion.

Saverin has a 4% stake in the company, according to the Who Owns Facebook? website. His stake could be worth nearly $4 billion after the IPO.  Though Saverin’s spokeswoman said his decision to dump US citizenship had nothing to do with the upcoming IPO and the potential tax liability.

According to the website “who owns facebook”

Here is the ownership structure of  the Facebook owners or soon to be shareholders


Mark Zuckerberg (24%)
Jeff Rothschild (.8%)
David Ebersman (.11%)
Mike Schroepfer (.11%)
Sheryl Sandberg (.1%)
Theodore Ullyot (.1%)

Venture Capitalists

Accel (10%)
Greylock (1.5%)
Meritech (1.5%)
Elevation Partners (1.5%)
WTI (.5%)
Mark Andreessen (.25%)
Andreessen Horowitz (.18%)
General Atlantic (.1%)
Kleiner Perkins (.073%)

For most updated owner ship  details you can visit

BRICS Plan to open own South-South Development Bank

The leaders of the Brics Countries  Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — collectively known as the BRICS — “agreed to examine in greater detail a proposal to set up a BRICS-led South-South Development Bank which will be like a “Bric fund” , funded and managed by the BRICS and other developing countries,” said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India.

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Brazil and India sign six pacts  in BRICS Summit Including BRIC Fund

A day after the BRICS summit, India and Brazil Friday decided to step up efforts to push the UN reforms and signed half a dozen pacts in areas ranging from science and biotechnology to cultural exchanges. This Includes  a BRIC fund to be set up in the form of a Development Bank for these and other growing economies.

The BRICS  that were initially just BRIC but now BRICS with the inclusion of South Africa  as well met at New Delhi on Thursday for their fourth annual summit.  Brazil, Russia, India and China became the ‘BRICs’ in a 2001 by Goldman Sachs in a report looking at the developing nations which may in time challenge the collective economic might of the G7. They discussed plans a the Brics Conference towards establishing a development bank that could one day serve as an alternative to the World Bank.

Together, the BRICS nations make up more than 40% of the world population and one-fifth of the global economy. On Thursday, the BRICS grouping including Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa called for dialogue to resolve the Iranian nuclear standoff and the Syria crisis.

Growth in BRICS Countries and BRIC FUNDS & INVESTMENTS

Brazil has seen its once rapid blistering economy slow to an estimated 2.7% this year. Russia’s recovery from the global recession has been slow compared with other developing economies even though they had a good year with oil  and gas earnings due to the mediterranen conflict, the World Bank said in a report this week. Growth in India has steadily fallen in the last 2 years due to inflation int eh county and other external factors

Brasil Business

Brazil Business – Business Exchange

Recently, the rapid expansion of the middle class in Brazil has forced researchers to think deeply about how best to reach out to these newcomers. We recently compiled some of the quirks of conducting projects in Brazil versus other countries.


SCHUMPETER, our sister blog, has just published an article on the initial public offering of BTG Pactual, a Brazilian investment bank. Read it here.

AFTER some weeks of speculation BTG Pactual, a Brazilian investment bank, announced its plans on March 1st for an initial public offering (IPO). Neither the volume nor the timing were stated in the regulatory filing. Local gossip suggested perhaps 1.5-2 billion reais ($870m-$1.16 billion), with no clue as to when. The shares will be listed locally, on the São Paulo stock exchange, and on Euronext, in Amsterdam. – Mercados