Performing technical analysis is no easy task for any investor unless conducted with a good stock charting service. Top free stock chart websites can serve as a great resource for traders who are just dipping into stock chart education as well as seasoned veterans.
This list features the five best free stock chart websites in order taking into consideration the following characteristics:
- Professional scalability
- Ease of use
Screenshots are also provided for each site.
Stockcharts.com takes the #1 spot for its simplicity, cleanliness, and overall scalability. It is the most widely utilized free stock charting site for financial bloggers and is also the primary charting service used here at StockTradingToGo. The site offers a wide variety of different free tools and ways to analyze any stock chart desired. For investors who want historical charting and further analysis they can upgrade to a paid subscription.
2. Yahoo Finance
Yahoo Finance provides a similar charting service to Google Finance just less the extra bullet points highlighting key dates. Yahoo's charting service is clear, easy to use, and great for regular investors which is why it is #2 on this list. Yahoo Finance is also the go to place for quotes, research, news, etc
TradingView.com offers a clean and flexible way of looking at stock charts. These stocks charts are community driven to provide analysis in the form of annotations on each chart. Personally, I disable these as they can be distracting, however. Community aside, TradingView also supports extensively flexible and detailed charts, not too mention better pricing than StockCharts.com for those who want access to advanced featured and/or real-time data.
4. Google Finance
Google Finance provides a very clean charting solution for investors. Two of its nice features include the ability to see what key events occurred on major days for the stock being analyzed and the ability to easily look back in time an analyze a stock's historical performance. Comparing multiple charts or indices by having them overlap is also a breeze.
And in fifth we have FINVIZ.com which is my #1 favorite site for screening stocks. FINVIZ charts are simple, easy to read, and include technical analysis overlays on them by default which is something the other chart providers do not do, making it unique.
(Previously I had BarChart.com listed as number 5. FINVIZ is a far better choice with far less ads.)
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