Today I’m covering 7 of the best websites for stock research. I’ve personally used each of these in various forms for my own stock research. There are so many financial websites out there, it’s easy to get lost on where to begin. All of these sites are FREE. Most do offer a paid service if you want premium features; however, I’m only covering the FREE features.
What will these sites tell you? They’ll give you stats like PE, Return on Equity, PEG values and more. You can quickly see whether profit margins are increasing or decreasing in graphical and table formats. You can find out what investor sentiment is, and most importantly, what the latest news is.
The Top FREE Stock Research Websites
Macrotrends sits at the very top of my personal list. Why? It gives you so much, so quickly. For example, a PE value in isolation doesn’t mean much. However, with Macrotrends you can see PE values over time and see if it’s historically at a high or low value. Want to see if a company’s profit margins are increasing over time? You get that fast without running any calculations, looking at messy tables, or getting spreadsheets involved. I use Macrotrends every time I am doing research on a stock. The best part is it is 100% FREE!
I don’t think a list of stock analysis websites is complete without YAHOO FINANCE While Yahoo may have taken a step back with email and news articles; Yahoo Finance is kind of the place to be at market open.
You can find PE/PEG values, as well as nice interactive charts that you can track 200 DMA’s on. You can see dividend rates and get loads of fresh news articles about each stock (especially on earnings day). Company financials and balance sheets are easily located in Yahoo finance.
It goes without saying, one of the big pluses of Yahoo Finance is the ease at which you can select some dates and download a spreadsheet of the price data. No, it isn’t as accurate as many of the more paid/professional sites; however, it’s good enough for most retail investors when it comes to stock analysis. They have a paid service, but the FREE service will go a long way in your stock research.
Lastly, there are the conversation forums. A great place to argue over stocks , pick sides, and get insulted 🙂
TradingView is a fabulous place to see things like RSI, volume, and do loads of technical analysis on stocks, cryptos, precious metals, and more. Trading View is less for Fundamental Analysis and more for Technical Analysis
You can save any technical analysis you do. You can set up notifications when prices reach your targets. Back when I did swing trading, I used this site daily to plan out my trading strategies. Another feature of TradingView is users upload charts with their own technical analysis and predictions about a stock. They offer both a paid service and a FREE service. The FREE service limits you to so many saved charts.
Barchart is one of my favorite stock research websites. A simple but important piece of data you can pull off of this site quickly are the 1 month, 3 month, and 52 week performances. You can then compare it to the index or the overall sector performance.
They also have the Most Recent Stories section that provides stock news from other places, like Motley Fool, Zacks, Business Wire, and others-all in one convenient place.
They have the Barchart opinion, letting you know whether they see it as a buy. I don’t put much faith into these things, but it’s there. Along with Financial Statement summaries, you get things like “put to call ratios.” Really, the financial summaries look nicer on here than on Yahoo Finance.
Morningstar is one of the top stock analysis websites. Like many of the others, it offers a free and a paid service. I like to go on the site, type the ticker symbol in, and click on “Trailing Returns.” This brings up a screen that shows how the stock is doing in relation to its industry and the index. In addition, down below this information you get all of the FUNDAMENTAL ANALYSIS-Things like Price/Book, PE, Return on Equity, % growth, and more. “Valuation” shows you historical vs. current data similar to Macrotrends; however, not in a graph format, it’s in a table format.
MarketBeat is one of my top stock research websites due to all of the information you can easily find. I’m not sure why more people don’t mention this site. You get analyst ratings, newsfeeds, earnings, financials- all accessible by one click. I use MarketBeat to look at INSTITUTIONAL OWNERSHIP inflows and outflows. You can find out who has sold and how much their share allocation has changed.
With Seeking Alpha, you’ll need to filter through lots of stock articles to find any gems. I’ve seen A LOT of horrible articles on this site. Understand there’s a low barrier to entry for writing articles on this website, pretty much anyone can throw up a blog and call themselves an investor. What do I use it for? I’ll type in a ticker symbol, view the latest articles, and read through the comments to get an overall sentiment. Sometimes you’ll find a knowledgeable reader that’ll give criticism you haven’t thought of. I consider this “low-level research”, but I do find it useful.
Frequently Asked Questions
A few things to check out-Debt/Equity, trends in earnings and revenues? Are the profit margins increasing or decreasing? Is the dividend covered?
It’s your investment dollars. I always recommend investigating where your investment dollars are going. You don’t need an accounting degree to see on a place like macrotrends whether a companies’ margins are decreasing or whether their debt levels are out of control. It’s not too time-consuming.
Fidelity, Macrotrends, and Marketbeat. I occasionally look at Seeking Alpha to see what the sentiment is.
Yes, price action is not determined by fundamentals, especially in the short-term. Just because a company has no debt, a well covered dividend, and lots of growth doesn’t mean the price HAS to go up.
Another stock research tool I use and recommend is Fidelity. It isn’t FREE, you’ll need an account; hence why I chose not to include it on my list. Check out my blog where I cover how to use their stock screener Fidelity Stock Screener