Update: New Computer Investing Products
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Trade The News provides audio financial news to traders. Their new audio platform, NewsStation, allows subscribers to listen to breaking news stories while scrolling recent headlines and listening to the action on multiple trading floors.
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The platform is downloaded to your computer and appears on your desktop as a separate menu bar. Clicking the megaphone icon allows you to pick which station to listen to. You can choose from the S&P 500 and NASDAQ channels, which are broadcast from their respective trading floors. The Trade The News station broadcasts financial news as it happens. The volumes can be customized and multiple stations can be played at once. For example, you can turn on the S&P 500 or the NASDAQ stations while you have the Trade The News station at a higher volume in order to hear the trading floor action but still get important news stories as they break.
The clipboard icon allows subscribers to search for news stories by ticker symbol and industry or see the most recent story. Rolling the mouse over a headline prompts a pop-up box to appear with a short summary of the news story. You can enter a ticker symbol into the Symbol Search to read news and view a chart and other price information for a specific company.
The Morning Report highlights the previous day’s price movements for selected stocks, pre-market news and the day’s upcoming IPOs. The Weekly Calendar discusses key events of each trading day including which companies are releasing earnings. Read the day’s important events under the Top Stories heading.
Subscribers can also request on-demand research with the Ask the Desk tab, which sends questions via instant message to the News Desk.
Trade-Ideas is a Web-based program that helps traders generate new trading ideas in real-time. The program simultaneously analyzes multiple timeframes, volume patterns, tick data and volatility for stocks, indexes, exchange-traded funds and E-minis. Paying customers can choose from 30 trading strategies including: “Cheap Stocks Moving Up Fast,” “Index Watcher,” “3 Day Breakouts on High Relative Volume” and “Bear Watcher.” The “High/Low Ticker” strategy is free and offers a glimpse of what the program can do without committing to purchase.
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Choosing “start” from the menu options opens a new window with a list of the current securities meeting the criteria of a trading system. The results are continuously updated in real-time. An icon representing the strategy, the time of the alert and the ticker symbol are shown. You can also customize the way data is displayed. Multiple strategies can be viewed at once and certain criteria can be made more specific.
The universe of securities the program searches through can be filtered by criteria such as price, spread, daily volume, daily dollar volume, volatility, simple moving averages and standard deviation. Additionally, you have the ability to limit the universe by exchange or by creating a stock list.
Historical data is available for about 20 days and shows recent alerts for the different strategies. Additional information on the securities can be accessed through a third-party trading and charting software or a Web site of your choice such as Scottrade, Yahoo! Finance or CyberTrader. The site offers on-line tutorials as well as a video tour of the program. Tech support is available via E-mail or instant messenger.
Chicago Board of Trade
The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) has introduced new technology to increase trading speed and capacity. Upgrades include giving traders the ability to use stop orders (entered as good-until-day or good-until-cancelled) without going through an individual brokerage and adding the capability to handle intercommodity spreads. Also, nine options spreads have been added and a tool for tracking daily activity.
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Global Forex Trading
Global Forex Trading has released DealBook FX2, the latest version of its trading software. This new program supports additional currencies including the euro, yen, Australian dollar, franc, pound and zloty. Other enhancements include standard Windows menus that allow traders to use short-cut commands for faster trading and free world and financial news from multiple sources.
ADVFN is providing Level 1 data from the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), the Kansas City Board of Trade and the OneChicago Exchange, a joint venture of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and CBOT. Investors can get quotes and view streaming intraday and historical charts for futures and options contracts.
eSignal has released Advanced GET 9.0 Real-Time Dashboard Edition. The newest version of this technical analysis tool simultaneously monitors and analyzes up to 100 charts. Study results and analytic set-ups are displayed in real-time, allowing users to view multiple charts in a single display. Program displays are fully customizable.
Subscribers of SmartMoney Select now have access to Dynamic Compare, a tool that can compare up to 50 different stocks at once. Also, customized news alerts and price quotes can now be sent to subscribers via E-mail. Additionally, three channels have been added: Technology Channel, which gives news and product updates; The Weekend Edition, which is available after Friday’s closing bell; and Business Travel, which offers tips for business traveling.
Membership costs $5.95 per month or $59 per year. A membership with real-time quotes costs $10.95 per month or $109 per year. A free two-week trial is available.
eSignal has launched a new financial Web site called MarketCenter. This free site is focused on providing active traders and investors with global market news, data and tools. The site offers over 5,000 news stories each day from various newswires. Users can access delayed worldwide quotes, charts and news covering all major markets. In addition to U.S. and international equities, the site also tracks exchange-traded funds, futures and options. A Web-based application called MarketCenter LIVE provides real-time streaming market quotes for $14.95 per month.