TOP 5 Stock Market Analysis Software Reviews
As stated previously, no two products are identical, there are many strengths that are designed into each product to suit specific needs. As such most of the packages can be recommended to a specific audience based on their strengths. In the following detailed reviews we look at the benefits of each package.
Review Score 8.71/10
Recommended for those who need excellent real-time news, access to a huge stock systems market and powerful technical analysis with global data coverage all backed up with excellent customer services.
The latest release of Metastock XV is a big hit with improvements across the board. with huge improvements in Scanning, Back Testing and Forecasting making this one of the best offerings on the market. Including a new downloader, Offline Mode, Local Data.
Pricing and Software 10/10 – MetaStock is one of the biggest fish in the sea of stock market analysis software. Backed up by the mighty Thomson Reuters you can expect excellent fast global data coverage and broad market coverage including equities, futures, Forex, ETF’s and options.
Trade Management 4/10 – MetaStock does provide broker integration but the execution of trades from charts and live integrated P&L analysis is limited.
Fundamental Scanning and Screening 10/10 – Using Eikon you can see a really in-depth analysis of company fundamentals from debt structure to top 10 investors, including level II. Excellent watch lists featuring fundamtentals and powerful scanning of the markets gets a perfect 10. Also the forecaster has been dramatically improved.
News 10/10 – MetaStock 12 has full Eikon integration with institutional level news, analysis and outlook. This is be the fastest global news service available on the market including translations into all major languages.
Technical Analysis 10/10 – Forex forecasting based on sentiment is feature that is absolutely exceptional. Never mind the broadest selection of technical analysis indicators on the market today. MetaStock is the king of technical analysis warranting a perfect 10.
Stock Systems and Back Testing 10/10 – Another area where MetaStock excels is what they call the expert advisors. MetaStock harnesses a huge amount of in-built systems that will help you as a beginner or intermediate trader understand and profit from technical analysis patterns and well researched systems. This is really a key area of advantage. The biggest addition to the MetaStock arsenal is the forecasting functionality which sets is apart from the crowd.
Ease of Use 8/10– MetaStock still has the feel of a collection of separately developed applications that require user’s education to make them work together. However with the huge selection of automated expert advisors you can deploy on the selection of stocks in your purview make MetaStock well worth the investment.
MetaStock features some industry leading systems such as:
PowerStrike relies on three phenomena of the market:
1. Stock prices are heavily influenced by trading near option strike price levels. These levels greatly influence where important buying and selling occur.
2. Support and resistance is based on the concentrated buying and selling of influential traders.
3. The human mind gravitates towards memorable, easy-to- remember numbers. These values are typical of option strike prices. Hence many traders' attention is drawn to these numbers providing the potential for even more "concentrated" buying and selling.
All in all a top class showing from MetaStock, simply put one of the best packages available.
Recommended for US Investors with a fundamental bias who need powerful screening and excellent charts on all platforms.
Telechart has long been one of my favorite tools, I have been a subscriber for over 15 years and find the latest release 17.x to be a huge step forward. Endlessly customizable and scalable the platform offers nearly everything an investor may need.
Pricing and Software 8/10 – Telechart is a big hitter when it comes to software and pricing. Telechart runs on everything – your iPhone your Tablet, your Mac, and your PC. It is priced very reasonably with a simple pricing structure. Why does it not score a straight 10/10? Only because it’s data coverage is U.S. and Canada only and it does not cover options, futures, forex or bonds. However, it was not designed to cover those. If you trade U.S. Stocks, ETF’s or Mutual Funds, then this may be a good solution. Wordens also provide live weekly training seminars which are of a very high quality.
Trade Management 7/10 – Worden recently released TC2000Brokerage offering discount brokerage services $4.95 per trade. This integration means a tight integration for trading stocks from the screen but also one of the best implementations of options trading from the screen that I have seen.
Fundamental Scanning and Screening 10/10 – Make no mistake about it, if you want fundamentals screened in real-time layered with technical screens all integrated into live watchlists connected to your charts telechart is a power player.
News 7/10 – While TC2000 does not have a perceivable Real-Time news element, it does have integrated news with connections to Google Finance, CNN, Yahoo Finance, MSN Money, Marketwatch, and StockTwits.
Technical Analysis 9/10 – Telechart has an excellent array of technical indicators and drawing tools, all the big ones are there, from OBV, RSI and Bollinger Bands to Fibonacci Fans and Andrews Pitchfork. with over 70 different indicators you will have plenty to play with. They have also introduced live alerts which you can configure to email or pop up if an indicators or trend line is breached. Very useful indeed.
Stock Systems and Back Testing 8/10 – Worden Brothers also have a little secret when it comes to developing back tested systematic approaches to trading. With a platinum membership to TC2000, you also receive a tool called StockFinder. Stock Finder is one of the single most powerful intuitive point and click system development tools on the market today. No programming required. That is saying something because it is up against some very stiff competition in this space. Although Stock Finder cannot be used to automatically place trades, it’s ease of use still warrants an 8/10 rating, despite development on the tool being halted. My request to Worden Brother is to integrate the GUI aspects of StockFinder directly into TC2000 and improve the P&L analysis in the back tester.
Ease Of Use 10/10 – One of the easiest to use and most powerful packages available places the icing on the cake for the Worden Brothers.
Some major improvements to TC2000.com (Gold or Platinum):
- Online—access from any computer anywhere (including your personal settings, WatchLists, etc)This is a huge step forward allowing you to access from any computer all your settings, stocks, notes, overcomes the restrictions of the previous version.
- Personal WatchLists—now shared across all Worden platforms So being able to access the same watchlist from Stockfinder, Telechart 2007, Freestockcharts.com and in TC2000
- More Data feeds (US—common, preferred, BB, PS; Canadian; Forex; Indexes)
- Bar Intervals—Daily and above; Intraday (supplied by BATS in Gold; full market real-time in Platinum) This is nice, the excellent near real-time feed from the BATS exchange now included in the new TC2000 free for gold members.
- Indicator Library There is a huge library available in the new version and the ability to overlay and daisy chain indicators
- QuickSort—fastest sorting ever! Superfast sorting and scanning.
- WatchList Columns—created by conditions directly from your charts. This is for those people who enjoy the benefits of Stockfinder but wish it was integrated into Telechart.
- News/notes window—streaming news, personal notes and notes from the TC community
- Improved Drawing Tools – A great new list of powerful tools including trendlines, Fibonacci, Gann, text and more.
- Alerts—trendline, price, condition & reminderGet alerts to your inbox when a stock breaks through a trendline you have drawn. Awesome.
- TC Menus—still have EasyScan, PCF’s, Custom Date Sort, etc.
- Full Integration with Twitter & Facebook
- Completely compatible with Macs as well as PC’s!
NEW FOR 2017 – TC2000 V17
Worden Brothers have pulled out all the stops for 2017. Here are some screenshots of the hottest new features.
Use the Strategies button in the lower left of a chart to open option strategy tickets directly on the chart.
The menu divides strategies into bullish, bearish and volatility categories. Strategies include single-leg, multi-leg, and combinations of underlying stock.
Multi-leg strategies open as a single trading ticket on the chart.
Trading Menus on Chart
Access the new trading menus on the lower left corner of any chart. They give you access to most common order tickets and operations.
- Quickly place buy and sell orders at the market
- Open dragable trade tickets on the chart
- Add married puts (protective) to existing position
- Add covered calls to existing position
- Place AutoTrack® Indicator & Trendline orders on the chart
- Close out positions using brackets, profit targets, stops, indicators and trendlines
- EasyScan Dashboard
EasyScan Dashboards are reports that can track multiple EasyScans at one time. Counts are continuously updated so you can see stocks move between your scans.
- Click the report button on the toolbar at the top of TC2000.
- Click to create a new EasyScan Dashboard.
- Click the checkbox to toggle edit mode on and off.
- With edit mode turned on, click the + button to add your custom EasyScans to the dashboard.
- Counts are updated in real-time (if you have real-time data).
- Right click on any scan to make edits or view the watchlist of passing stocks.
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Further Information on TC2000
From the Archive: Telechart 2007 Video Review – /tc2000-telechart-2007-video-review/
Review Score 8.43/10
Recommended for full broker integration, trading off charts and frequent traders. A great price point of FREE for brokerage clients.
TradeStation is a leading brokerage house with excellent execution and low commissions but did you know they have great software also. Joint winner in the review TradeStation offers enough in its software and broker integration to stand tall with the other vendors.
Pricing & Software – 9/10 – With a price point of Free for Brokerage clients and awards from Barrons for the software TradeStation is a force to be reckoned with. Excellent customer service, good training, and global market data coverage warrant the highest rating in this category.
Fundamental Scanning & Screening – 10/10 – TradeStation offers an excellent array of choice and flexibility in market screening and filtering, but not just on volume but a host of fundamentals, including excotic data such as commitments of traders, insider traders and even number of company employees. You can literally screen on anything you think will get you an edge in the market. You also get what they call radar screen which is really fast with integrated alerting.
News – 8/10 – TradeStation has real-time news which is an excellent service but only fails to score top marks here because it does not provide market commentary or a chat community. But do you really need that? Some people do, its a factor to consider.
Technical Analysis 9/10 – With over 145 different technical indicators TradeStation packs a big punch in the technical analysis space. The charts could be a little more intuitive to use which is why it does not score a perfect 10.
Stock Systems & Back Testing – 8/10 – TradeStation have also cultivated a systems and strategies market place called the “Strategy Network” where you can purchase stock market systems from an ecosystem of vendors or even contract someone to develop your system for you in the “Easy Language” code. No perfect 10 in this round as you will need to learn code to develop your own system.
Ease of Use 8/10 – TradeStation is easy to use, but extremely powerful also. It is probably due a facelift to make it more intuitive to use, but none the less a good score of 8/10 is warranted.
TradeStation were ranked Best by Barrons:
- Best for Frequent Traders
- Best for International Traders
- Best Trading Experience and Technology
Optuma by Market Analyst – 8/10
Recommended for professional frequent trading investors, who value a slick touch enabled interface which operates well with Bloomberg feeds and terminals, premium features and the best Gann Analysis tool set on the market.
Market Analyst has been in the market for almost 20 years and they cater to individual investors as well as to fund managers
Pricing and Software 10/10 – Market Analyst is at the top end when it comes to price and you will need a powerful PC to run it, but with IQFeed, GFT and MT4 data integration’s, great customer services and the full range of instruments covered (Stocks, EFTs, Mutual Funds, Options, Futures, FOREX, Bonds) for the premium price you get the premium package.
Trade Management 5/10 – While you have the ability to place trades from charts, MA7 does not have a full suite of broker integrations.
Fundamental Scanning and Screening 10/10 – A perfect 10 for fundamental sc screening for Optuma. A well thought out real-time scanning and filtering engine and the fundamental watchlists are well implemented
News 3/10 –MA7 does have news integration if you have the data feed in place.
Technical Analysis 10/10 – Another perfect 10 for Optuma . A fantastic array of technical indicators and drawing tools. Specializing in Gann tools with a full suite including Gann Grid Lines, Gann Fans and Gann Swing. Also included are Elliott Wave and Darvas Box, the full set of exotic indicators are present. To top it off they have also implemented an excellent astrological analysis suite as an upgrade for those of you who believe in that sort of thing, yes commodity traders I am talking about you :).
Stock Systems and Back Testing 10/10 – Optuma has back-testing well covered also, with a well-implemented backtesting and system analysis tool set. Best in class up there with MetaStock and QuantShare as the industry leaders, but unlike the others you to not need a PhD in mathematics to setup and test your system.
Ease Of Use 8/10 – This is another high score for Optuma . This score is only beaten by Tc2000. That says a lot for Market Analyst as it is an exceptionally powerful tool. The interface, the shortcuts, the whole thought process implemented into MA7 warrant this high score in an important section. They also have an extensive video training library which is very valuable to the new customer.
Recommended for investors with a who do not need real-time data feeds but value a huge selection of user-generated systems, watchlist and powerful technical analysis tools.
QuantShare was new to me and I was pleasantly surprised with the feature set.
Pricing and Software 8/10 – An extremely cost-effective solution with integration into new social media outlets like StockTwits.
Trade Management 7/10 – While QuantShare enables some features in this space, they probably do not cater for your broker
Fundamental Scanning and Screening 8/10 – There is certainly a huge selection of fundamentals to be able to scan against, the usability could be improved. Watchlists can be tricky to set up. Further development required here.
News 7/10 – Including news and the StockTwits integration save the day here for QuantShare, the news is not real-time but certainly does add value.
Technical Analysis 9/10 – With the largest selection of technical indicators to choose from (520+) this package leads the way in the chart analysis stakes.
Stock Systems and Back Testing 10/10 – There is a huge selection of shared systems and the ability to back test them.
Ease Of Use 6/10 – This software package is not the easiest to use and the interface requires serious development effort. The learning curve will take a time investment on your part.