Top Charting Web Sites

by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

The FreeStockCharts site (formerly BestFreeCharts) is a relative newcomer to the online charting arena, but has already made quite an impression on us. From Worden Brothers, the maker of the popular TC2007 charting software, the site offers charting, scanning, and portfolio tracking on a free and fee-based basis. The site is unique in that it offers free streaming “real-time” charts of stocks, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), indexes, and forex (foreign exchange) without exchange fees. It does this by providing real-time data from the BATS (better alternative trading system) exchange.

For charting purposes, offers line, bar, and candlestick charts. You can plot charts on an intraday basis as well as on a daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis. The site also boasts one of the larger indicator libraries among online services with over 60, all of which you can modify to your needs. You can also draw your own trendlines. Registered users can create chart layouts or templates and save them for future use. Once you save a layout, you can access your preconfigured charts from any computer.

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Wayne A. Thorp, CFA is a vice president and senior financial analyst at AAII and editor of Computerized Investing. Follow him on Twitter at @AAII_CI.


Robert from Texas posted over 3 years ago:

This information is exciting and I will enthusiastically check these sites for future use.

As a person who has recently began taking complete control of my own portfolio I find this very useful.

Thank you!

Alice from New Jersey posted over 3 years ago:

Site is difficult to manage--I can't get info on my topics. ag

Barry from posted over 3 years ago:

I have been using for a few months now and am quite impressed. It does everything I need to analyse stocks.

Mark from Washington posted over 3 years ago: doesn't work on linux computers.
On several computers, I've installed the "moonlight" package (which is supposed to run websites designed for microsoft silverlight), but the page never loads. Hopefully they'll make their content available to linux users.

Jerry Shirley from Alabama posted about 1 year ago:

Both are great programs, but could vastly improve with pre and after market charting which are, at present, not offered.

Vaidy Bala from posted about 1 year ago:

Excellent information for individual, retired, self directed investor, like me.

Steven Johnson from Minnesota posted about 1 year ago:

I have been useing FreeStockCharts for about 18 months in conjunction with my Investors Business Daily subscription. It provides me with everything I need and I have found it indispensible to my analysis. It is doing so well that while IBD has it's own charting service, I am not sure I want to switch.

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