Wikipedia Hits “Can Predict Stock Market Movements”

A week or so a go we posted about a piece of research that suggested Google search volumes could predict stock market movements.

Well, now the same team behind that study has published further research that suggests the number of views on a company’s Wikipedia page could also predict stock market changes.

We present evidence in line with the intriguing suggestion that data on changes in how often financially related Wikipedia pages were viewed may have contained early signs of stock market moves. Our results suggest that online data may allow us to gain new insight into early information gathering stages of decision making.

Wikipedia Predicts Stock Market Movements


The researchers from the UK and US looked at how often pages describing 30 companies listed in the Dow Jones Industrial Average were viewed between 2007 and  2012 and  found that an increase in the number of page views for a firm’s Wikipedia pages was followed by a decline in its share price. A simple trading strategy tested, based on changes in the frequency of views, would have led to significant profits of up to 141%, claims the paper.

Another interesting finding of the study was that the number of Wikipedia edits had no correlation to the share price movements.

3 thoughts on “Wikipedia Hits “Can Predict Stock Market Movements”

  1. Lol that’s one of the weirdest things I’ve ever heard. I honestly think there’s no correlation between Wikipedia and stocks. Given the vastness of the universe, there are going to be certain correlations that exist by pure mathematical chance but have no predictive value – I think this Wiki-stocks thing is one of them.

  2. I’m Troy, and I blog at The Financial Economist (just add a .com – I didn’t write out the full URL, because I’m afraid one of the email services might block this as spam). On the blog, I talk about investment styles, insights on the global economy, how-to invest information, and insights on various markets. Can I guest post on your blog? Are there any topics/preferences you specifically have in mind?

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