Recommended for day traders and 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 was 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. MetaStock XVI adds on to this legacy of continual improvement.
MetaStock + Xenith – Review Score 85%
Pricing and Software – 10/10
To understand the pricing, you need to know that you can purchase MetaStock with Datalink the data provider, or you can purchase a real-time subscription or even my preferred choice which is MetaStock + Xenith. Why do you need Xenith, because it is the premium stock market and financial markets research tool and includes a real-time news platform powered by Thomson Reuters.
MetaStock XVI with Datalink – $22 per month
MetaStock XVI by itself starts at a very reasonable $22 per month which unlocks the entire package and as you will see that is a great combination of award-winning technical analysis and expert advisors for system backtesting, forecasting, and analysis.
It is designed only for the PC, but can be run on Mac with PC emulation software. You will need to download and install MetaStock and configure your specific data feeds for the markets you want to trade. So the software installation is not as slick and quick as competitors but the package is extremely powerful because it enables you to configure different data provider, like your broker for example.
MetaStock has a clean sweep in terms of Stock Exchanges covered (e.g. All of them) and it covers ALL of the vehicles, Stocks, ETF’s Mutual Funds, Options, Futures Forex, and Bonds.
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. There are two other packages below, having reviewed the Xenith application I would recommend the MetaStock + Xenith option ensure you have the real-time news package with MetaStock.
MetaStock R/T – with Reuters Real-Time Data. $99 per month
This package is a fully-functional version of MetaStock R/T (real-time) charting and analysis software that is designed for real-time market analysis. It is powered by XENITH so you should get real-time news, data, and analysis
MetaStock R/T Subscription with XENITH. $199 per month
This service is also a fully-functional version of MetaStock R/T charting and analysis software that is designed for real-time market analysis and is powered XENITH the key difference is it provides streaming data on any time frame including tick, intraday, daily, weekly, etc.
MetaStock with it’s Thomson Reuters Xenith News service integration is worth the money just for the news service, but it is so much more than just news. See in the News section below what Xenith can do.
Using any of the links in this review you will get automatically your first month free.
MetaStock Xenith / Eikon News, Charts & Analysis Overview Video
Trade Management – 4/10
MetaStock does provide broker integration but the execution of trades from charts and live integrated P&L analysis is limited, this is definitely an area of improvement for the future. However, for trading you can use Xenith.
Fundamental Scanning and Screening – 10/10
As I mentioned MetaStock is owned by Thomson Reuters, who are without a doubt the biggest and best provider of real-time news and market analysis. They also have an incredible database of global fundamental data, not just on companies but countries, economies and industries.
The filtering and scanning possibilities are endless. I would like to see better integration within the MetaStock suite, bringing together the fundamentals and the technical analysis to enable better charting and technical analysis on fundamentals. However, the wealth of data is first class.
Using Xenith you can see a really in-depth analysis of company fundamentals from debt structure to top 10 investors, including level II market liquidity. Excellent watch lists featuring fundamentals and powerful scanning of the markets gets a perfect 10
MetaStock + Xenith News & Social – 10/10
MetaStock XVI has full Xenith (previously Eikon) integration with institutional level news, analysis, and outlook. This is the fastest global news service available on the market including translations into all major languages. Reuters also provides TV news coverage through smartphone and smart TV applications, it is after all the largest news agency in the world. Along with the package you get Reuters Insider alerts which are exclusive content and research provided by the expert analysts on the financial network team.
Special News Features.
Core features include detailed financial snapshots of a company. In the image below you see the Xenith Streaming News Screen for Netflix (Ticker:NFLX). Take a look at the attention to detail here and the amount of original news coming in from the Reuters Network, you will get this news before anyone else. Included in Xenith you also get stock quotes, charts, detailed Analyst Estimates and a full listing of all financial details and SEC filings, complete with upcoming events listings so you are prepared for action. Thomson Reuters as you can imagine covers everything including stock, options, bonds, futures, FX and macroeconomic news and data. An unparalleled source of information.
MetaStock Xenith – News & Research Software Platform
The platform itself is very easy to use as MetaStock have placed an emphasis on the user experience and workflow. You can have multiple workspaces for multiple monitors and save each workspace seamlessly for reuse. Of course, the software is available on all devices from PC’s to Smartphones and TV’s.
Thomson Reuters the king of the real-time newsfeed and global market data coverage is the owner of MetaStock, so you get the entire wealth of knowledge included in the package. This should not be underestimated.
MetaStock however, does not have any social elements, which under normal circumstances, would detract from the score, however, because the news feeds are so strong it warranted still a 10 out of 10.
Technical Analysis 10/10
Forex forecasting based on sentiment is a 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.
MetaStock takes a clean sweep when it comes to Charting covering all the core chart types, but also includes, Point & Figure, Equivolume, and Market Profile charts. When it comes to indicators, MetaStock has 300+ different types, including Darvas Box and Ichimoku Cloud. MetaStock will also help you develop your own indicators based on their coding system.
Finally, MetaStock racks up a perfect score on the drawing tools section, which includes Gann and Fibonacci tools.
Stock Systems and Back Testing 9/10
Another area where MetaStock excels is what they call the expert advisors. MetaStock harnesses a huge amount of inbuilt 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 it apart from the crowd.
You can even use artificial intelligence like functionality to test a set of variables within your backtesting. You could for example test if price moves above the moving average 10,11,12,14,16,18 or 20, in a single test to see which of the moving averages best work with that stock.
Video Overview of MetaStock
MetaStock is one of the few vendors that take forecasting really seriously. The system backtesting is great because it allows you to test if a theory, idea or set of analysis has worked in the past. Forecasting takes it to a whole new level by playing forward the backtesting to see how successful you might be with a strategy under certain circumstances. The configurable nature of the reporting for the results of both backtesting and forecasting are excellent.
Ease of Use 18/20
MetaStock has made huge strides this year in terms of installation and usability. You are up and running quickly and you do not need to spend time trying to configure data importers anymore unless you want to use a 3rd party provider.
Once installed the huge selection of automated expert advisors you can deploy on the selection of stocks in your purview make MetaStock well worth the investment.
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MetaStock Review Final Thoughts
All in all a top class showing from MetaStock, simply put one of the best packages available.
My personal recommendation for an investor or trader is to combine the MetaStock & Xenith Packages together. The depth of fundamental research and news in Xenith is staggering and the in-depth analysis, backtesting, and forecasting in MetaStock is industry leading. If $199 for the Xenith + MetaStock Package is too much, then fear not. If you simply want end of day data and all the MetaStock functionality the price starts at a reasonable $22 per month. You can even by one-off licenses if you prefer.
If you are looking for something without all the backtesting and forecasting and the better ease of use, then TradingView or TC2000 are the better option and have better prices. Read our Complete Stock Charting Analysis Software Review to find out what is best for you. If you are primarily interested in real-time news services to help your trading, take a look at our 10 Best Financial News Services Review