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Computerized Investing > March/April 2003

Comparison: Web-Based Technical Analysis Services

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Over the last several years, Computerized Investing has traced the evolution of the Internet and its impact on investing and investment analysis. Today, individual investors have an abundance of data and tools at their disposal as the Internet can assist investors with both retrieving financial information and analyzing securities. Web-based tools have moved well beyond simple browsing and have entered the realm once reserved for stand-alone software packages. Many sites now boast powerful portfolio tracking and analysis along with mutual fund and stock screening.

Technical analysis—charting a stock’s price and volume data to identify trends—is another area where Web-based analysis is closing the gap with its software-based counterparts. Only a few years ago, the landscape was dominated by a few well-known sites such as BigCharts.com. Today, many unique and respectable sites offer charting, technical indicators, and technical screening.

As the number of sites offering technical analysis grows, individuals are confronted with a diverse collection of choices, and knowing what each site offers becomes increasingly difficult. To help educate readers on the various sites available and the services and features they provide, 15 Web-based technical analysis and charting services are reviewed here—a decline of two sites since our last review in the November/December 2000 issue of Computerized Investing. The sites range from those that offer charting and technical analysis as part of their collection of investment analysis tools to sites exclusively devoted to technical analysis and charting.

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