Google Finance

I have been learning how to do more with the stock market lately and at first I forced myself to start using Google Finance. I say force because I really love Google’s services because the interfaces are so clean, but I think MSN and Yahoo both have financial sites that offer more information to users. The latest update to Google Finance does, however, present some information that will potentially be very useful:

  • A new homepage design which lets you see currency information, sector performance for the U.S. market, and a listing of top market movers along with the relevant and important news of the day.
  • A Top Movers section highlighting most active companies by price, market cap, volume, and popularity as determined by our own Google Trends.
  • More comprehensive charts, which now display up to 40 years of data for U.S. stocks.
  • Richer portfolio capabilities that let you import other online portfolios to Google Finance, use different views and add transactions to make it easier to track your investments.
  • A quick and easy way to add and view your Google Finance portfolios on the Google Personalized Homepage.

Now all of those things are great and one thing that I love to do with stocks is look at their history. The new “40 years of data” for certain stocks sounded appealing but there is just one thing that I cannot figure out for the life of me and that is how I can go back to a specific date. I realize that I can adjust the sliders but there has to be a way where I can enter in a date, or select it from a calendar, and have it tell me the numerical values for the stats on that particular day. Am I crazy or is there no easy way to do this?

I also find the “Top Movers” on the homepage to be extremely useful. I have found a few companies that look interesting and I’ll be tracking them to see how they progress. I’m not going to use the “Google Trends” portion of the Top Movers as a reliable source but it may uncover some hidden investment opportunities.

News Source: Official Google Blog

Thanks for the tip CoryC!