On the Internet: Sites for Mobile Users
by CI Staff
In a world of fast-moving markets and faster-moving people, many investors find themselves away from their computers much of the time. Still wanting to check stock portfolios regularly, many investors are using their Web-enabled mobile devices such as a BlackBerry, cell phone or PDA, to access up-to-the-minute price data on the go.
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Typically, a Web site will offer a mobile version of their site that is meant to be accessed via a phone or handheld Web-enabled device. These sites can be viewed on a PC, but are stark and uncluttered for better interface with your mobile device. Below is a discussion of a number of sites designed specifically for access via a mobile device along with the Web address for accessing the site remotely.
Some sites are free and some offer delayed data while others provide streaming real-time data. Most offer a free trial, which is a great way to decide if the sites data and interface work with your specific mobile device.
Mobile-based sites typically are designed to work well with a BlackBerry and iPhone. Although you should be able to access most of these sites with any Web-enabled cell phone or PDA, the site interaction may not be as good. In addition, each cell phone and service provider will offer varying capabilities.
Quote.com is a free Web site for financial quotes, news and analysis. Its Mobile Quotes are also free. You will have access to delayed quotes and news covering over 50 stock exchanges. Market coverage also includes the Chicago Board of Trade, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Euronext and more.
Mobile Quote also allows users to create five watchlists with 10 symbols in each. You can also see intraday price and volume charts. These charts are somewhat customizable based on timeframefrom one minute to monthly prices. Data on each security is more in-depth and includes open, high, low and close prices; volume; and percent and dollar change.
A Market Update provides a quick look at seven popular market index measures including the S&P 500, Dow Jones industrial average and the 10-year Treasury note.
You can also view a list of the days most active stocks based on point, percentage and dollar gainers and losers, as well as stocks with heavy trading volume. Data on foreign exchange markets, currencies and futures is also available.
CNNMoney.com, probably better known for its magazine publications and TV stations, offers a comprehensive Web site with a fair amount of market data and analysis tools. CNNMoney.com Mobile is free. In addition to current news headlines, you can look up stock data by ticker symbol. Data includes price, previous close, volume, high and low prices, and price-earnings ratio.
E-Trade Mobile Pro
E-Trades new Mobile Pro is exclusively for BlackBerry users and requires a download. After the download is complete, E-Trade customers can access account data, balances and transactions. Free streaming real-time quotes are available as well. From the quotes page, you can quickly place a trade, get company news or add the stock to your watchlist. Data includes current price, bid and ask price, daily volume, price-earnings ratio and market capitalization.
You can also use the Quick Transfer option to move money between accounts. Trading via your BlackBerry is also available and quickjust enter the ticker symbol, order type, number of shares and any other order specifications. Finally, you can get up-to-date price and volume movement for market indexes as well as see lists of NASDAQ and NYSE movers (the days most-active stocks). E-Trade Mobile Pro is free for E-Trade and BlackBerry users.
Some brokerage firms offer a Web-enabled quote service for customers. Fidelity offers free quotes from Fidelity Anywhere for customers and non-customers. You can search for stocks by ticker symbol. Data includes bid, ask, current, high, low and close prices; valuation ratios; customizable volume charts; and news links.
Fidelity customers can trade securities from Fidelity Anywhere and set price and volume alerts.
Anyone can create watchlists, see lists of the most-active stocks, get general market information and browse potential mutual fund investments.
Investors Business Daily offers investors stock and mutual fund data, articles and commentary for a fee. Some data is available for free. The site also offers free access to its mini-site with wireless access to editorial content and stock quotes.
The Daily Market News commentary is updated six times throughout the trading day (between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern). You can also read industry news to get a quick overview of an industrys performance for the day.
You can access selected stocks from the IBD 100 Top-Rated Stocks list from your mobile device. A handful of the 100 stocks are featured with price and rating data. Stock quote data can be accessed through Fidelitys Web site (see above).
QuoteMedia, a stock market data provider, has a wireless quote and portfolio management tool called Quotestream Wireless. The tool must be downloaded onto your mobile device. The Portfolio Manager allows you to keep track of up to 10 portfolios with up to 52 symbols in each. Intraday price and volume charts, streaming NASDAQ Level II quotes and historical charting are also included.
You can see detailed quote information for specific stocks or funds. Data includes current price, bid and ask price, trading volume, percentage price change, and trailing 12-month earnings per share. News briefs for securities in your portfolios and general market news briefs can be accessed as well.
You can create stock price and volume alerts and directly access a number of brokerage firms from the program. A free trial of the program is available; data packages start at $9.95 per month. QuoTrek
For $59.95 per month, you can access real-time quotes on your mobile device from eSignals QuoTrek. The program requires you to download and install software on to your mobile device. Streaming, real-time quotes for U.S. and foreign stocks, options, futures and indexes are available. News stories are also streamed real-time to your device.
Data includes bid, ask, high, low and close prices; percent change; and trading volume.
Technical analysis charts are shown in real-time and are customizable. The program also has a desktop companion that allows you to view the same data using your PC. Finally, the software also provides links to brokerage firms that allow you to make trades from your mobile device.
NASDAQ Mobile Quotes
The NASDAQ stock market allows users to access free, basic quote information for stocks and indexes. Data includes price, percent change, bid and ask price, high and low price, share volume, pervious close, market value and shares outstanding. Data is delayed by about 15 minutes.
Yahoo! is known for its comprehensive financial dataincluding data on stocks, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and more. The site is also known for up-to-the minute news stories ranging in topic from pop culture and the stock market to global and international issues.
To access Yahoo! Mobile you must have a Yahoo! ID. Mobile users can also access Yahoo! Mail, Flickr (a photo sharing site), and Messenger remotely. The Yahoo! Finance area allows you to search for company information via ticker symbol or company name. Data includes delayed price data and links to recent news stories.
You cant use your mobile device to update your portfolio with buys and sells or check out a portfolios overall performance, but you can see the current price and the dollar change since yesterdays close for each holding.
Finally, a market summary provides current values and the days dollar change for popular indexes and Treasury bonds. All price data is delayed 20 minutes. Access to Yahoo! Mobile is free. If you need help using Yahoo! Mobile, Yahoo! provides detailed FAQs and set-up instructions at http://mobile.yahoo.com/finance.