Update: New Computer Investing Products
by CI Staff
Tick Quest has released the tenth edition of NeoTicker EOD. This Windows product is an advanced technical stock analysis program for traders whose interest is in end-of-day stock activity.
The program’s emphasis is on stock charting that lets you perform customized technical analysis of financial data. The product includes 100+ indicators, extensive drawing tools, indicator on indicator analysis, multiple data analysis, true cross time frame analysis, and easy-to-learn formula language and script-based indicators.
The drawing tools aid in developing trendlines, trend channels, and support/resistance lines. These tools are essential in applying some of the more traditional technical analysis techniques.
Also, NeoTicker EOD can download intraday quotes from the Internet to track positions and gain/loss records. It also allows customization of templates for chart analysis. NeoTicker can be used without a data service by downloading free historical data from the Internet. However, NeoTicker will support multiple data vendors and file formats, including TC2000, MetaStock, CSI/CSIM and ASCll.
NeoTicker EOD version 2.9 sees various improvements over 2.8. In general, start-up speed has been quickened and open and save dialog boxes are now resizable. In the time chart window, symbols can be sent from a chart to a quote window directly, drawing speed has improved, and the custom drawing tool has a new interface. Indicator calculation speed has improved and new indicators have been added— including Chaikin money flow, Bollinger percent B, and Bollinger bandwidth.
The Knobias Web site offers a comprehensive database of fundamental research on Nasdaq and over-the-counter (OTC) stocks. Knobias provides real-time or delayed alerts on all U.S. securities as well as fundamental research and data for Nasdaq National and Smallcap, OTC bulletin board (OTCBB), and pink sheet stocks.
Knobias grew out of an effort to provide fundamental data on pink sheet and bulletin board stocks; the scope has now grown to include all U.S. exchange-listed stocks. For each stock in the database, Knobias covers the major areas of information—filings, tear sheet profiles, technicals, financials, estimates, insider holdings, and historical statistics. These areas provide information such as news items, listings of insider and institutional holders, charts with technical indicators, and earnings surprises.
Knobias RAiDAR (Real-time Alerts and Intra-Day Activity Reporting) is designed to provide active traders with real-time, intraday alerts on all U.S. securities, with an emphasis on Nasdaq and OTC stocks. RAiDAR monitors portfolios, entire markets or exchanges, or even single stocks for intraday alerts in six different areas—news, EDGAR filings, proprietary “critical” alerts, trading alerts, coverage alerts, and earnings alerts. To generate these various alerts, RAiDAR monitors over 75 news sources, SEC 8K filings of material corporate actions, stock volume and price activity, block trades, stock upgrades and downgrades, earnings guidance, and earnings estimates. Users can specify which markets and exchanges they wish to monitor as well as the time interval at which alerts are generated. The RAiDAR-LT subscription offers real-time news and EDGAR filing alerts, with critical, coverage, trading, and earnings alerts generated on a delayed basis. The PRO version offers all alerts in real-time, full-fee real-time Dow Jones Newswire access, tracking of an unlimited number of stocks in a portfolio, and the Morning Call archive area where you can view news and RAiDAR alerts between the close of the prior trading day and when you first log on for the current day.
The redesigned site of the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., provides financial planning-related information for individuals—such as choosing a financial planner, debt management, major life changes, and financial terminology. A quiz helps you determine your attitudes about planning and managing you financial affairs, and a personal data organizer prepares you for your first meeting with a financial planner. Access to the site is free.
529 Plans Directory
The new 529directory.com offers free information on financing a college education. The site contains articles and information regarding 529 savings plans, student loans, and recently-proposed lifetime savings accounts (LSAs). Plans for additions to the site include a student loan service, a student loan consolidation service, and college test preparation service.
InsiderScoop tracks the buying and selling activity of company insiders in three areas: consistency of trading, significance of trading, and the influence of the trading on the market. Buy and sell signals are based on the patterns that develop. Basic membership costs $20/ mo.; premium membership is $95/mo.
The StarMine.com Web Site provides a rating system for stock analyst performance. Analysts’ predictions are measured by the return of their stock recommendations. Starmine.com is free to individual investors, but offers limited analysts’ ratings and estimates.
Stock Dignostics.com examines companies through their proprietary financial statement analysis software. An operational-cash flow number is promoted as measuring a stock’s real value. The site also searches for accounting irregularities and predicts problems in public companies. A subscriptions is $29.95/mo.
Prophet.net provides technical analysis tools for exploring trading ideas and analyzing stocks. It also offers resources for managing your current positions and tracking prospects. Depending on the package desired, a real-time or delayed ticker is included. Subscriptions range from a free basic package to a “gold” package costing $34.95/mo.
Bear Market Central.com
Bear Market Central provides information for investing in volatile and down markets. Major site features include daily market commentary and a discussion forum. A financial education center covers the basics of traditional investing, but is mostly geared toward teaching investors how to use the tools of professional traders. Other areas offer daily market charts, information on bear funds, Elliott Wave reports, and links to other like-minded sites.