SOURCE: Quant the News

September 10, 2008 16:25 ET

Quant the News Unveils at TechCrunch50

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 10, 2008) - was introduced to the world at the exclusive TechCrunch50 conference on Monday, September 8, 2008. The product is the brainchild of LA firm Quant the News, LLC, and will be released to the broader public in early 2009.

In a radical break from the past, StockMood closes the gap between news and numbers, giving quantitative conclusions about the relationship between current events and stock prices. StockMood alters the financial landscape in a fundamental way by putting advanced quantitative information about the impact of news on markets in the hands of everyday investors.

By quantifying news impact on stocks, StockMood calculates the "mood" of a stock, a novel financial indicator quantifying the relationship between news sentiment and price.

"What we've found is that at a certain point, a stock's price becomes satiated with news-driven optimism or pessimism and then the price reverses," says Quant the News CEO Brett Markinson. "This makes complete sense from a trading point of view and it's exciting to see it come out of the AI in a more precise and quantitative way."

Among StockMood's unique features is its crowdsourcing interface. For example, if StockMood classifies an article as positive, but the user considers it negative, the user can enter a correction. If StockMood judges the user reliable, it will incorporate the user's correction to help guide its future judgments.

The core technology underlying StockMood was developed by AI firm Novamente, LLC, led by Dr. Ben Goertzel, who is also Chief Science Officer of Quant the News, LLC. Founded in 2001, Novamente has applied its AI technology via custom development projects for customers in a variety of domains, including national security, natural language processing, data mining, bioinformatics, gaming and virtual worlds, and financial analysis.

Goertzel comments, "Every trader makes their own judgments for their own reasons, but en masse, the behaviors of the market can sometimes be statistically predictable; and StockMood makes the insights that our AI has in this regard available to the public."

StockMood's creators have amassed statistical evidence for the validity of their AI. However, they caution that StockMood is not a trading system, but rather a guidance system. Similar to commonly used quantitative financial indicators, the information given by StockMood may be used by different traders in many different ways.

Goertzel adds, "There are a few other products like this out there, aimed at institutional investors and hedge funds, but as well as being more widely available, StockMood is actually more sophisticated in terms of the underlying artificial intelligence."

Quant the News, LLC is a company incubated by Lagovent Ventures Group, a Los Angeles-based investment firm where Brett Markinson is CEO and a founding partner. To learn more about StockMood, Quant the News, or Lagovent Ventures Group, go to or, or call Brett Markinson at 310-203-0011 x417.


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    Brett Markinson
    310-203-0011 x417