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On the Internet: Real-Time Stock Data

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Real-Time Stock Data

The last time we covered real-time data was in the January/February 2005 issue of Computerized Investing. Over the past two and a half years, real-time data has become much more prevalent—albeit, usually at additional cost. In fact, in mid-January of this year, the Wall Street Journal reported that the New York Stock Exchange was considering a program that would provide real-time stock quotes to financial Web sites for $100,000 a month. Google, which does not currently provide any real-time data options, said it would provide the real-time data to Google Finance users for free.

Some comprehensive investment Web sites provide real-time data to supplement the various investing tools provided including portfolio tracking, screening and analysis tools, and securities data. Other sites are devoted to providing real-time data and supplement the data with basic charting and portfolio tracking tools.

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