google trends and stock market trends

paul kedrosky has an interesting post up comparing a chart of CROX’s price, and another chart from google trends showing that the number of searches for the product “crocs” peaked and headed south about 3 or 4 months before the stock began a precipitous decline. i wonder if anyone over at google is looking into trading on the basis of realtime data they have coming into those search boxes. it seems like information arbitrage, being able to see certain trends before anyone else can.

warning: searching google trends can be a little addictive.

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One Response to google trends and stock market trends

  1. Michael says:

    That’s a clever use of google trends. It’s difficult to find clean, hour-glass shaped trends like the “crocs” search for most data in my experience.

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