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Hedge Fund Mines Twitter for Stock Tips

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People share more information than you might want to know on Facebook and Twitter. Hedge fund firm Tashtego hopes to profit from it.

Tashtego, backed by early Twitter Inc. investor Spark Capital, plans to raise a fund that will use consumer sentiment and trader behavior from social networks to bet on and against U.S. stocks, said Chief Investment Officer Arthur Mateos. The Boston-based firm’s Social Equities Fund, which relies on algorithms, is expected to eventually reach $1 billion in capital, the 45-year-old said.