If you have a stock portfolio but find it a challenge to keep track of how your shares are doing, you should get some tracking tools. There are websites and free programs available that will notify you when there is news about a stock you own or when it hits a certain price, plus offer research features.
With this website you can create custom alerts based on news about your stock, for example, whether it has broken its 52-week high, or when it reaches a certain price. It also has about a two dozen other criteria that can trigger an automatic e-mail. You can enter the number of shares that you purchased and at what price, keeping track of profits and losses. In addition, you can click on a link and bring up a technical analysis chart for your stocks.
This is free software you can download to your desktop. The advantage of this program is that you don't constantly have to be hooked up to the Internet to use many of its features..Also, it doesn't just cover U.S. markets, but European, South American and Asian markets as well. You get one-click access to quotes, charts, and financial news. Furthermore, the program gives you direct access to financial portals throughout the world.
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This program will allow you to research both stocks and mutual funds. It gives you the option to display up to 20 different criteria for your stocks. In addition to one-click access to technical charts, it gives you access to lots of fundamental information--data like price-earnings (PE) ratio, company debt, annual sales, etc.--and to an active message board discussing the latest news. You can create alerts for target prices or per cent change in a stock. You will also get a rating for the stock from the built-in “Stock Scouter” program. This will give each stock a score of 1 to 10 based on 25 criteria.
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