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This trading bot buys stocks of companies spending most on lobbying

This trading bot buys stocks of companies spending most on lobbying

In a noteworthy project unveiled last month, alternative trading data platform Quiver Quantitative unveiled a trading bot designed to replicate the stock purchases of former Speaker of the House and US Representative Nancy Pelosi and her family. 

Pelosi’s astute stock trading endeavors have earned her a position among the closely monitored investors alongside renowned figures like Michael Burry, Cathie Wood, and Warren Buffett.

Similarly, on December 6, Quiver introduced another innovative trading bot, this time focusing on companies with significant lobbying expenditures. 

Today, we explore the new bot’s stock investments and assess its performance thus far.

What is lobbying?

Before we delve into the trading bot’s performance, let’s quickly answer the question – what exactly is lobbying?

Lobbying refers to a strategic effort by individuals, organizations, or companies to influence government officials and policymakers in shaping legislation or policies. 

Typically conducted through advocacy, information dissemination, and direct communication, lobbying aims to sway decisions in favor of the lobbyist’s interests, often involving issues related to business, regulations, or specific industries. 

Top lobbying spenders pour millions of dollars each year to promote favorable conditions for their operations, advocate for industry-specific regulations, or address concerns that impact their competitiveness and growth.

Bot’s portfolio and its top performers

And it is the stocks of companies that Quiver’s new trading bot is targeting. According to its X post, the bot’s biggest holdings include Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Amazon, Meta Platforms, Google, Pfizer, United Airlines, FedEx, Oracle, and Verizon.

In the last year, the bot’s portfolio of these stocks climbed 25%. Naturally, some stocks performed better than others, with the top performers being Meta, Amazon, FedEx, and Oracle.

Performance of Quiver Quantitative’s trading bot that tracks top lobbying spenders. Source: Quiver Quantitative

Driven by the ongoing tech sector’s resurgence, shares of Meta and Amazon surged more than 178% and 63% in the last year, FedEx climbed 55%, while Oracle’s shares rose over 42% during that period. 

At the same time, stocks that registered negative performance and diminished the bot’s overall returns in the past year are Pfizer, United Airlines, and Lockheed Martin. These three plunged 42.7%, 7.1%, and 6.6%, respectively. 

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