Twitter has become a powerful force in the world of finance. Several academic studies have found a correlation between tweets and the financial markets, while quantitative hedge funds have even jumped on the opportunity. Twitter-centric communities, like StockTwits, have also enabled traders to share real-time trading and investment ideas more quickly than ever before.
In this article, we’ll take a look at the top 50 Twitter accounts that all traders should follow for the latest market insights and actionable trading ideas.
TheFlyOnTheWall.com has become a leading provider of real-time financial news that moves the markets. Through its Twitter account, @theflynews provides much of the same coverage to followers with links to full stories on its web service. Traders should keep in mind the large number of news stories, however, when following the account, which could push other content lower.
Not to be confused with TheFlyOnTheWall, @the_real_fly is one of the most followed traders on StockTwits. On Twitter and StockTwits, @the_real_fly provides a combination of real-time trading ideas, market insights, and links to interesting articles, including those on iBankCoin. Those articles provide greater insight into trades and ideas than the short amount of text allowed by Twitter.
The Wall Street Journal is the de facto source of financial news in the United States and around the world. Through its Twitter account, @wsjmarkets covers a wide variety of breaking news, smart analysis, and in-depth features on global markets and finance. The WSJ may not provide specific calls, but the macroeconomic and company-specific insights are indispensable to traders.
Greg Harmon is a professional trader with Presidium Capital, and he’s become somewhat of an icon on StockTwits. With nearly 50,000 followers on the service, Mr. Harmon provides an array of commentary including real-time trades, trade ideas, and general comments on major indices and the markets. He also actively participates in community discussions with great insights.
Investors Business Daily (“IBD”) is a widely followed publication that provides individual investors with actionable ideas. Through its Twitter account, @ibdinvestors provides breaking news coverage, stock market analysis, and educational content to help investors make money. Mentions by IBD also tend to move stocks, given the publications wide readership.
J.C. Parets is a professional trader, founder of Eagle Bay Capital LLC, and maintainer of AllStarCharts.com. With a focus on technical analysis, @allstarcharts covers macroeconomic news, major index movements, and offers real-time trading ideas to more than 17,000 followers on StockTwits. In addition to equities, he also provides insights into commodity and currency markets at times.
Street Insider is a financial news service focused on the real-time analysis of market moving events. Through its Twitter account, @street_insider covers a variety of different topics including pre- and post-market movers, earnings results, analyst opinions, mergers/acquisitions, and more. Some of the news links require a subscription, but the basic news alerts are free via Twitter.
Trader Stewie play on the Family Guy character—is a Twitter account operated by ArtOfTrading.net with over 15 years of trading experience. Most of the calls made by the account are focused on price and volume patterns and movements rather than underlying market or company fundamentals. Traders can use the Twitter account to generate technical trading ideas for further follow-up.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics generates some of the most market-moving reports in the world, including the U.S. employment reports. Through its Twitter account, @bls_gov provides a variety of different economic statistics regarding job growth and prospects in the United States. Traders can follow the account to receive the latest information straight from the source itself.
Dan Zanger is famous for having turned $11,000 into over $40 million by swing trading. Through his Twitter account, @danzanger provides a combination of educational anecdotes and real-time trading ideas to followers. Some of the tweets link back to his website, ChartPattern.com, which provides additional insights into the trading ideas that can’t be conveyed in 140 characters.
Economic Alert is a Twitter account dedicated to reporting the latest economic data in the United States. The coverage includes real-time alerts on energy markets, housing markets, employment data, and manufacturing activity. Traders follow the feed in order to receive the latest economic updates, while the account uses popular hash tags like #economy and #mkt for those who prefer not to follow.
David Blair is a popular market technician on StockTwits with nearly 7,000 followers. With a focus purely on price, @crosshairtrader provides a number of unique trade ideas that avoid the use of additional technical indicators. Traders can use these ideas as a starting point for their own research, while the account also provides links to interesting content from other blogs.
The White House has an important influence on the U.S. government, which makes following the President’s latest policy decisions important. Through the @whitehouse Twitter account, the President and White House staff provide insights into the latest issues that the executive branch is targeting. These include a number of economic policies that could have significant impacts on the market.
Carl Icahn is perhaps the most popular activist investor in the financial markets today. With billions of dollars under management, Mr. Icahn has the ability to move markets, particularly when he pushes for changes. Traders can follow the activist investor’s latest moves and sentiments through his @carl_c_icahn Twitter account where he tweets about everything from individual investors to regulatory issues.
The @stt2381 Twitter account is the brains behind YourDailyWatchlist.com and RealTimeChartAlerts.com, which both provide traders with an indispensible starting point for the day. Traders watch the Twitter account for breakout alerts, chart setups, and other stocks to watch. Some content also relates to the author’s premium newsletters or links to related stories on his websites.
Cameron Fous has made a name for himself trading micro-cap and small-cap stocks trading below $1.00 per share. Since 2011, he has reportedly made some $560,000 and has since moved on to helping other traders profit. Through his Twitter account, @fousalerts provides a combination of real-time trading alerts and other content, including links to his premium subscription services.
Matt Busigin leverages his experience in asset pricing, allocation, policy, demographics, and housing to provide essential macroeconomic insights to traders. Though his Twitter account, @mbusigin provides a variety of different forms of content including economic indicator estimates, individual trade/investment ideas, economic insights, and the commentary on the latest economic news.
Joe Kunkle’s OptionHawk.com is a leading provider of trading ideas and insights in the options market. Throughout the day, @optionshawk provides a wide range of individual investment ideas and commentary with a focus on the options market and, to a lesser extent, the underlying equity markets. Even equity traders may find the insights useful in their trading, particularly with regards to macro trends.
The New York Times’ DealBook is an indispensable source for the latest news on mergers and acquisitions. Through its Twitter account, @dealbook covers the latest M&A, investment banking, private equity, hedge funds, IPOs, venture capital, and regulatory issues affecting the markets. Traders should follow @dealbook to receive instant alerts when news hits the wires to capitalize on these volatile events.
CNBC is one of the largest televised sources of financial news, reporting on a wide variety of stories affecting the markets. Through its Twitter account, @cnbc covers a combination of individual stock stories, macroeconomic trends, dealmaking events, and random other tidbits. Traders may want to follow the account, especially given that mentions on CNBC can quickly move smaller companies.
David Fabian is a Managing Partner at FMD Capital Management, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm specializing in exchange-traded funds. Through his Twitter account, @fabiancapital provides a lot of macroeconomic insights in conjunction with ideas centered on exchange-traded funds. Traders could also gain some additional educational experience from shared links.
RANsquawk is a leading provider of real-time news and alerts through its premium squawk service. Through its Twitter account, @ransquawk provides breaking news coverage, individual stocks to watch, and a number of other features. Traders should pay especially close attention to the macroeconomic news coverage that drives moves of the major indices both in the U.S. and abroad.
Todd Sullivan is Founder and General Partner at Rand Strategic Partners and owner of the ValuePlays blog. Through his Twitter account, @toddsullivan provides frequent market commentary, including individual trade ideas and links to interesting blog posts. Traders interested in value investments may want to follow @toddsullivan to find interesting ideas that are worth follow-up due diligence.
Bloomberg news is a staple among financial news providers, covering global securities markets. Through its Twitter account, @bloombergnews provides real-time coverage of breaking headlines, financial news, economic releases, market movers, and a variety of other topics. Traders should follow @bloombergnews in order to stay on top of the latest developments.
Peter L. Brandt has been a classical chart trader since 1981 and authored “Diary of a Professional Commodity Trader.” Through his Twitter account, @peterlbrandt shares specific trade ideas and macroeconomic insights with his followers. These insights are primarily focused on technical analysis, including chart patterns. Traders may also be interested in his technical analysis of major indices.
Thomson Reuters is a leading provider of financial news and commentary. Through its Twitter account, @thomsonreuters provides more commentary than breaking news, which makes it different than @cnbc or @bloombergnews. For example, traders following the account may see tweets discussing new home sales data, tax structures in foreign countries, or opinions on home ownership.
Jon Boorman, CMT, is a market technician and blogger with over 25 years of experience in global equity, forex and futures markets. Through his Twitter account, @jboorman provides specific trade ideas and commentary that’s primarily focused on technical analysis. Traders may want to follow @jboorman for trading ideas that may be worth further follow-up in the future.
Erik Swarts, the man behind the Market Anthropology blog, is an independent trader and investor. Swarts is known for his in-depth technical analysis and custom charting that offers a fresh perspective on what’s happening in the markets. His work is regularly circulated around the financial blogosphere and he has even been featured in some of the top publications out there, including Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and MarketWatch, just to name a few.
Jean Fonteneau is an entrepreneur and former fund manager that’s now an active independent trader focused on U.S. equities, ETFs, and options. Through his Twitter account, @jfindallas provides real-time trade ideas and commentary with a focus on IPOs and secondary offerings. Traders interested in these events may want to pay particularly close attention to the account.
PIMCO is one of the largest global fixed income investment managers in the world with an estimated $1.91 trillion in assets under management. Through its Twitter account, @pimco provides coverage of important news and events impacting the world of finance, while discussing opinions of its own. Traders should follow the account for its in-depth macroeconomic opinions in particular.
Brian Shannon is a professional trader that authored the popular book “Technical Analysis Using Multiple Timeframes.” Through his Twitter account, @alphatrends offers primarily short-term trade ideas based in technical analysis. Traders should keep an eye on the account for insights into major equity indices, lively video analyses, and coverage on many large-cap stocks.
DailyFX is a leading provider of foreign exchange (“forex”) market news, analysis, trade setups, and education. Through its Twitter account, @dailyfx provides in-depth coverage of trends within the currency markets, as well as educational content, macroeconomic news coverage, and commodities coverage. Equity traders may want to follow the account to gain these macroeconomic insights.
Sheldon McIntyre is a professional trader with Hert Capital and a regular contributor on StockTwits. Through his Twitter account, @hertcapital provides a variety of market insights from Santiago, Chile, including technical analysis, macroeconomic insights, and coverage of other major news events. Traders should follow the account for actionable insights throughout the trading day.
Similar to DailyFX, FXStreet News provides 24/5 coverage of the foreign exchange markets. These updates include technical movements in various currency pairs, macroeconomic insights, credit agency moves, commodity coverage, and a variety of other forms of news coverage. Equity traders may want to follow the account for many of these insights that also apply to major equity indices.
Carson Dahlberg, CMT, is a professional trader with over 15 years of experience in the markets as a quantitative-focused trader. Through his Twitter account, @carsondahlberg provides commentary on major equity indices, large-cap equities, commodity markets, and other indices using proprietary charting software that analyzes price and volatility measures.
Futures Magazine is a leading source for news, analysis, and strategies for futures, stocks, options, and currencies. Through its Twitter account, @futuresmagazine provides a healthy combination of educational insights, macroeconomic coverage, specific trading ideas, and commodities news.
Contra Hour is a popular financial blogger and co-portfolio manager of a small cap and dividend-orientated value-based portfolio. Through his Twitter account, @contrahour provides a variety of content including educational materials, market commentary, equity index insights, and other macroeconomic coverage. Traders should watch the account in particular for its interesting educational links.
Option Monster is a well-known provider of options trading ideas and advanced education for options investors. Through this Twitter account, Jon Najarian provides a combination of market commentary, actionable ideas, and general market chatter to followers. Traders might want to follow the account for options insights, particularly given Mr. Najarian’s presence on major news networks like CNBC.
David Merkel, CFA, is Principal of Aleph Investments LLC, an equity asset management firm, and author of The Aleph Blog. Through his Twitter account, @alephblog provides coverage on a number of different topics, including macroeconomic insights and market commentary. Traders might not find many specific trade ideas, but the commentary can help identify promising sectors.
The Motley Fool is one of the oldest investment commentary providers both online and in print. While the publication’s primary focus has been on novice traders, even advanced traders can find actionable ideas worth follow-up. The organization’s Twitter account provides investors with regular market commentary, macroeconomic insights, and specific investment ideas from its community.
C. Maoxian is a Beijing-based trader that’s known for his daily trading idea, which is sent out each weekday. While only subscribers can access the details regarding the trading idea, traders can follow @maoxian in order to discover the subject company and conduct their own due diligence. Those interested in subscribing to the daily idea can do so at C. Maoxian’s website www.tinyletter.com/maoxian.
Venture Beat is a leading source of news and perspective on technology innovations and companies. Through its Twitter account, @venturebeat reports on the latest tech news affecting popular tech companies like Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others. Traders should watch the account for a combination of technology insights and coverage on upcoming IPOs in the tech space.
Chris Burba, CMT, is an author and market technician at miAnalysis Inc. Through his Twitter account, @chrisburbacmt provides a combination of actionable insights and macroeconomic commentary to his followers in equity, gold, forex, oil and other markets. Traders might be particularly interested in links to educational pieces and market commentary on the miAnalysis blog.
CNN was the first channel to provide 24-hour television news coverage in the world and has grown to become a leading source of information. Through its Twitter account, @cnnmoney provides in-depth financial news and commentary covering the U.S. markets. Traders should watch the account for macroeconomic insights and breaking news coverage, as well as interesting personal finance stories.
Covestor is a leading online marketplace for investment management that connects asset managers with investors. Through its Twitter account, @covestor provides interesting insights into market trends and the occasional trade idea, but it primarily focuses on providing interesting educational pieces. Traders interested in learning how to better their trading might want to take a closer look.
Barron’s is a premier financial magazine that has been in print since 1921. Through its Twitter account, @barronsonline provides a variety of content including earnings coverage, economic data, hedge fund interviews, specific investment ideas, and general market commentary. Traders may be particularly interested in the magazine’s specific ideas given its wide investor following.
Catalyst Trader is a professional equity trader with a focus on risk management. Through its Twitter account, @catalystrader provides specific and actionable investment insights with a focus on technical analysis. Traders may want to watch the account for specific trading ideas to follow-up on with their own due diligence as well as the occasional macroeconomic insights.
ETFdb has created the world’s most comprehensive exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) database. Through its Twitter account, @etfdb provides links to in-depth news coverage on a variety of different domestic and international ETFs. Traders can follow the account to discover both actionable insights and interesting facts about the industry, including its weekly ETF Scorecard.
Mike McDermott is a professional trader that’s focused largely on technical analysis and market psychology. Through his Twitter account, @mercenarymike provides timely market commentary, valuable resources, interviews, special reports, and high quality materials on the psychology, theory and practice of trading. Traders may want to pay especially close attention to the Mercenary Links for ideas.
Zerohedge has become a popular destination for active traders around the world, with its edgy commentary on global markets. Through its Twitter account, @zerohedge provides links to its online coverage as well as real-time updates on important events that can move markets. Traders should follow the account for the breaking macroeconomic news and coverage on important world events.
The Bottom Line
With Twitter taking on an increased importance in the trading world, investors would do well to sign up for an account and follow all of the Twitter accounts listed above.