The Top 10 Sites For Stock Data, Charting & Events
CI editors list and review the best stock investment websites.
Charting & technical analysis
Generally speaking, security analysis falls into two broad categories: fundamental analysis and technical analysis. Fundamental analysis involves analyzing the characteristics of a company in order to estimate its value. This includes analyzing a company’s financial statements and health, its management and competitive advantages, and its competitors and markets. By contrast, technical analysis ignores the “value” of a company or commodity and instead focuses exclusively on price and volume activity. In its purest form, technical analysis assumes that all the fundamental factors of a company are reflected in the price of its stock. Technical analysis studies the market supply and demand in an attempt to identify where prices will go in the future.
While most investors probably focus more on fundamental analysis when making investment decisions, it is rare to find one who doesn’t at least consult a price chart before buying or selling a stock, mutual fund or commodity. Those who are more involved in technical analysis probably make use of technical indicators, which are mathematical manipulations of price and volume data to help identify momentum, changes in trend or overbought/oversold conditions.
Here you will find CI’s top picks for online charting and technical analysis sites. They offer the best combination of charting, technical indicators and scanning capabilities for the typical investor.