Hunting on Yahoo! FinanceThe first finance aggregator (easily accessible collection of headlines, articles, and other newsworthy materials from a wide variety of sources), Yahoo! Finance remains the king. It’s chock-full of information on every company, with news and commentary from 45 well-known financial Web sites. It also provides personal finance stories and exclusive videos.
To narrow your list of candidates, you start by entering selection criteria in Yahoo’s Stock Screener. Go to finance.yahoo.com, mouse over the Investing tab, click Stocks, click Stock Screener, and then click Launch HTML Screener. The Stock Screener appears, prompting you to enter selection criteria.
The Stock Screener displays a list of companies that match the search criteria you entered. Click the ticker symbol for one of the companies in the list, and a new browser window opens with charts and information about the stock and the company.
Googling on Google FinanceFans of Google can celebrate the fact that in addition to serving as a killer search engine, Google offers an outstanding and very easy-to-use stock screener. To access it, fire up your Web browser, go to google.com/finance and click Stock Screener so that the Google Stock Screener appears. You can start narrowing your list of candidates by entering selection criteria near the top of the page.
As you adjust your criteria, Google’s Stock Screener updates a list of all and only those stocks that match your search criteria. (If the list doesn’t automatically update, press Enter after you change your criteria.)
For a quick stock price, go to the Google Finance homepage, type the ticker symbol into the search box, and click Search.