We’re pleased to announce that the Twitter and StockTwits indicators that have been featured on Downside Hedge over the past two years are now available to everyone at Trade Followers. The new site allows you to search among nearly 700 individual stocks and and ETFs then view the sentiment indicator (renamed Trade Followers Momentum) in easy to read charts. In addition, there are various lists that show the most bullish and bearish, upward and downward momentum, and more that are calculated from both StockTwits and Twitter. You can see the features the site offers here. One fun feature of the site is our ranking of the best people in finance to follow on Twitter. It has a search feature so you can see if you rank! Just put in the first few characters of your name or Twitter handle and press search. Even though the advanced features of the site are for premium members only, we’ll still do commentary on things we find interesting in the social media stock data
While the S&P 500 Index (SPX) consolidated below the 1900 level there was a period of weakness in breadth from both Twitter and StockTwits. After the breakout occurred breadth lagged price, but has now recovered. Many of the momentum stocks that had fallen out of the strongest stocks list have returned with strong support from traders on Twitter and StockTwits. This is an encouraging sign for the market.
Social media breadth is finally catching up with the market. Both Twitter and StockTwits had an increase in the number of stocks in the strong list and a decrease in the weak list. Twitter breadth still has a small negative divergence, but appears to be righting itself.
As the market moves to new highs breadth from the Twitter and StockTwits streams continues to paint a negative divergence. It is a sign that the momentum stocks of last year still aren’t back in favor.
Breadth from the Twitter stream is still painting a fairly significant negative divergence with the S&P 500 Index (SPX). Over the past week the number of strong stocks rose a little and the number of weak stocks fell a bit. The negative divergence isn’t too concerning at the moment, but it does indicate that the momentum stocks of last year are not being supported by traders on Twitter. I’d like to see this indicator recover over the next two weeks or it may provide early warning of a dip. On StockTwits the number of strong stocks rose sharply and the number of weak stocks had a small decline. The strong stocks are pushing breadth from StockTwits sharply higher.
Social media breadth continues to paint a negative divergence with the S&P 500 Index (SPX). The divergence from breadth calculated from the Twitter stream is a result of the number of weak stocks rising and the number of strong stocks falling. The increase in weak stocks started in early February and the decline in strong stocks began at the first of March. This pattern indicates the stocks that were beat up over the past few months aren’t recovering enough for traders on Twitter to make consistent positive comments about them. The same general pattern is occurring on the StockTwits stream. Its divergence is a result of the number of strong stocks falling with a small increase in the number of bearish stocks.
Breadth from the Twitter Stream and the StockTwits community have followed the path of the market over the past few weeks. Both have negative divergences in place, but neither are too significant.
Over the past week breadth from the StockTwits stream fell sharply. It was a result of the number of stocks in the bullish list falling. This is a bit troubling given the fact that the market rose last week and that our StockTwits list is made up of mostly large cap stocks. Breadth from the Twitter stream drifted higher with the market, but is painting a negative divergence with price. This is in line with other breadth measures I follow and is most likely due to the rotation that is happening in the market.