Following stocks feels like a roller coaster ride at times. Market trends, analyst commentary, the arrival of certain holidays or deadlines, news on competitor behavior, and even the weather can send a stock’s price soaring or crashing – sometimes more than once within the same day.
Many financial professionals find themselves needing to follow the progress of one or more stocks. But staying glued to a desktop computer screen can be difficult during the course of a busy workday. The better you can follow a stock’s progress, the better decisions you can make. Android offers a range of apps for following a stock’s progress in real time. Many are inexpensive but powerful tools for helping financial professionals understand the market better.
Top Android apps for live stocks include:
Economy ($3.99; iOS, Android)
Economy, an app available for both iOS and Android platforms, offers a detailed view-at-a-glance of key factors of the U.S. economy, including the option to follow stocks in real time and regularly-updated values for economic indicators like manufacturing and trade deficits. The app also grants access to Twitter support via the #economy hashtag and allows users to download and store data for use offline – a particularly useful tool for financial professionals who want access to recent information while aboard an airplane or in another location where online access is not an option.
TheStreet.com Mobile App (Free; iOS, Android, Blackberry)
TheStreet.com offers an app that makes it easy to access all of the site’s resources in one mobile-friendly format. Among other features, the app provides detailed quotes, up-to-date market information, opinions from various experts, and a quick-search option to take you directly to the stocks that interest you most. Its menu system allows for user-friendly, simple navigation within the app.
E*Trade Mobile (Free; iOS, Android)
Another app that condenses the information available on a top trading adviser website, E*Trade Mobile allows users to access free independent research for stocks, ETFs, and mutual funds. Various charts and EMA/SMA technical indicators provide additional information about key market trends. The app also allows E*Trade clients to access their accounts, deposit checks, make cash transfers, and place trades either by using the touch screen or the voice-access option.
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