The Top 10 Sites For Stock Data, Charting & Events
CI editors list and review the best stock investment websites.
Fundamental Stock Data
June 21, 2014
Price: Free - $275.88/year for digital only
At a Glance:
- Detailed financial statement reports
- Five-year trend figures provided
- Financial statements are easy to read
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is a useful site to get company financial statements and ratios. To start, type a company’s ticker symbol into the search bar in the upper right-hand corner of the site.
The Financials tab reports key figures from the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement. A bar chart shows the five-year trend for each figure. Full data for the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement is available for the previous five years or five quarters. You’ll see more data points than on many other sites, which gives a fuller picture of what a company is doing with its money. For example, where some sites would simply show cost of goods sold, the WSJ site breaks the figure down into its components: costs of goods sold excluding depreciation and amortization, depreciation expense and amortization expense. The unique "view ratios" option adds the percentage growth from period to period for select figures. Financial statement data is not exportable.
The WSJ’s strength is in its financial statements, but it also provides margins and ratio figures. To view these, navigate to the Financials tab and click the subtab Ratios and Margins. This page provides valuation ratios as well as efficiency, liquidity, profitability and capital structure figures for the given company. These figures are only for the latest quarter or trailing 12 months. The site doesn’t provide a time series or benchmark comparisons.
Link: The Wall Street Journal