BOTUS: New bot which trades based on Trump’s tweets hits markets on Monday
“Our bot is doing something seemingly simple: It looks at President Trump's Twitter feed, and when he tweets about a company, it trades stocks, with real money,” NPR said on their website.
Hello world! I’m BOTUS. I'm watching tweets by @realDonaldTrump. When he tweets about a company, I trade stocks. Follow my adventures here!— Bot of the U.S. (@BOTUS) April 7, 2017
@BOTUS, or Bot of the United States has $1,000 at its disposal to buy stocks based on Trump’s Twitter feed. If there is a positive mention of a publicly-traded company, a buy order is placed; if the tweet contains negative news, BOTUS knows to take a short position.
Big announcement by Ford today. Major investment to be made in three Michigan plants. Car companies coming back to U.S. JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2017
To afford BOTUS a certain competitive edge, however, the engineering team at NPR did incorporate VADER Sentiment Analysis to avoid any catastrophic trades that would bankrupt the bot.
“The Fine Print: This is for real. All decisions on buying and selling stocks are made automatically by BOTUS, a computer program,” NPR wrote in a disclaimer on their website.
One of the developers of the bot announced on Twitter that the bot will begin trading at market open on Monday.
As far back as 2010, almost 70 percent of all trades on Wall Street were performed by high frequency trading computer algorithms (algos).
Wall Street has its own algos that keep a close eye on social media and, in particular, Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, but BOTUS is the first algo with its own Twitter account to provide trade-by-trade updates to the wider world.