There was a time when information about stock markets was only available through a full-service broker or one of the financial newspapers. Everything has changed with the advent of the internet and the TV cable.There are general financial sites like Finance.yahoo.com, and there are online brokers who provide a great deal of information. Finally, every company holds a conference call when it reports its quarterly results, and these calls are open to the public.This article provides information about the US stock market.
General stock information
Television For casual accumulation of stock information, nothing beats the CNBC and Bloomberg. Every broker is all the time tuned to one of these channels. There are streaming stock prices and up to the minute news, plus interviews with analysts and CEOs. You can just keep a TV in your house and absorb all the information while doing other work. Free sites on the internet Yahoo's finance page has links to information about every stock, including financial fundamentals, stock graphs, and recent stock news. For more wide-ranging opinion, Seekingalpha.com has contributed material from many sources. Financial newspapers The Wall St. Journal and the Financial Times are still two of the best sources for in-depth coverage of a wide range of financial topics. Company conference calls This is one of the best sources of information available. Companies are now under the threat of significant penalties if they do not provide timely, accurate information about their businesses. Check the website of the company you are interested in to find out how to access the conference call.
Where to get stock quotes
Full-service brokers You can still get stock quotes by calling your broker, but few people do that these days. Live stock quotes on TV The streaming quotes on CNBC and Bloomberg will always show the prices of the most actively traded stocks. Furthermore, they always display the latest major market averages: Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq Composite, and S&P 500. Online sites The Yahoo finance page is the easiest place to look for free stock quotes. Just enter the stock symbol and you will get a page which shows the price within the last 15 minutes, as well as all the fundamental information about the company. Real time quotes The best way to get real time quotes is through an online broker. All of them have streaming quotes pages. You can list up to 40 stocks on a page and watch them trade, second by second.