If you are relatively new to stock market investing, you are probably looking around for a no cost stock charting solution. This is a wise move, when you develop your skills and become a power user of Stock Market Software you will probably choose a premium provider to best meet your needs. But for now we have your top 10.
The definitive review of the Best Free Stock Charting Tools – 2017
Through detailed research of the most popular Free Stock Charting Tools on the web Liberated Stock Trader has compiled the definitive review of FREE Stock charting tools. We selected the biggest hitters of the Stock Charting Community and pitted them head to head to make your life easier and save you the work.
Liberated Stock Trader has tested 20 vendors and 10 of them made our top 10. Each service was rated against 27 different factors. Those tools that offer the most in flexibility, usability, functionality and most of all being cost free made the top 10.
|Company||FreeStockCharts.com||TradingView.com||StockCharts.com||Reuters||Yahoo Finance||CNN Money||Google Finance||MSNMoney||AOL Finance||FINVIZ|
|Price Windows (Logarithmic)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||–||Yes (must select)||Yes (must select)||–||No|
|Draw Trend Lines||Yes||Yes||–||–||–||–||–||–||–||No|
|Candlesticks||Yes||Yes||Yes (Red Green)||Yes (Red Green)||Yes||Yes||–||Yes||–||No|
|Streaming||Yes||Yes||Require Logon||–||–||–||Yes||Require Logon||–||No|
|Lower Panels (e.g. Volume)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Index Compare e.g. SP-500||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||–||Yes||No|
|SMA / EMA||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||–||–||Yes||No|
|On Balance Volume||Yes||Yes||Yes||–||–||Yes||–||–||–||No|
|News Overlay On Price||Yes||No||–||Yes||–||–||Yes||–||–||No|
The Best Free Stock Charting Tools – 2017 -Detailed Reviews
This year we have 2 review winner.s, 2 highly recommended and 2 recommended, they are clear leaders. The top 6 are worth an individual test to see which interface you like the most and what features match what you are looking for. If you have limited time, you cannot go wrong with FreeStockCharts.com and TradingView.com the best of the best.
FreeStockCharts.com Stock Chart Review
This package has it all.
- a vast array of indicators
- candlesticks, OHLC.
- the ability to plot Trend lines not only on price but on all the indicators
- Fibonacci Lines / Fans / Arcs
- free mealtime streaming Price & Volume
- intra-day 1 minute – 1 year per bar
- integrated portfolio management,
- streaming News, this is invaluable
- Fantastic User Interface
- Also with the premium version there is powerful Stock Scanning built in.
This tool is way ahead of the pack.
The Liberated Stock Trader uses Telechart 2007, to screen, sort, and find winning stocks, and FreestockCharts also comes highly recommended.
TradingView.com Stock Chart Review
TradingView have a breathtakingly good interface, with top quality interactive charts and a wealth of indicators. Nothing to install on your PC, you can simply register and be able to maintain your own watch list and portfolio.
There is a breaking news windows and also the ability to comment and share charts with the community. They are very strong on the social community and that can be a big bonus when starting out.
I am really impressed with this new entry for 2017 going straight in as a review winner. It is a well rounded free service that even offers minute my minute data provided by the BATS exchange and even after hours price quotes.
For free there is a huge selection of indicators, drawing tools and it is fully interactive.
They also offer a premium service to rival the best software vendors out there. Check it out at www.tradingview.com. The PRO plan is very cost effective starting at $9.95 per month and that gets you real-time charts AD free services, and SMS alerts
Worthy of strong consideration are StockCharts.com, who also come with a solid recommendation. Worth commending are the sharp charts, which are visually very impressive, and its array of exotic indicators may excite the more advanced investor. One thing to mention this service offers excellent Point and Figure Charts, which to my knowledge no other free service offers.
Missing trend lines, rolling EPS, and a weak news service do not do it justice. They do also offer, like the other service providers, a monthly Membership service with increased functionality.
Reuters: Stock Chart Review
With its powerful news reporting and RED Green Candlestick plotting Reuters does have a lot to offer, coming in Joint second with Yahoo. Missing a rolling EPS indicator combined with its lack of trend lines, takes it out of the reckoning for overall leadership.
What I really like is the ability to plot breaking news for a stock on the chart itself this is really what sets it apart form the other charting tools.
Yahoo Finance: Stock Chart Review
Yahoo like Google offers no trend lines, but does offer 9 sub windows with a healthy array of indicators to plot in those windows. Yahoo has updated its interactive charting experience, it is a clean experience and full screen, so now it is actually very good indeed.
Coming in higher than google in our review, Yahoo it seems, can do at least one thing better than Google.
Other Contenders in our Top 10 Free Stock Charts Review
CNN money : Stock Chart Review
CNN money fares well with all basic indicators available, but suffers from only 1 sub window and no ability to draw trend lines. Also the chart is only static, and non interactive format becomes highly annoying after a while, having to continually refresh the page to get new indicators plotted will make the experiences investor growl.
However, on the bright side you can plot earnings (EPS) on the chart which is also a rare advantage amongst it’s competitors.
Google Finance : Stock Chart Review
Google finance suffers criminally in the weakness of its charting, scoring 13 out of 28 points, it is not all bad news.
Google is an excellent place to go for a single page of latest news, blog alerts, and the P&L & Balance Sheet of any stock, and if you only need a rapid view of the general stock this is still a good stop of point for a general look. The news reports can be overlaid on top of the stock price which is unique and valuable to the investor interested in how news plays out in the stock price.
MSN Money Central : Stock Chart Review
While the stock screener from MSN Money is in the opinion of the author the one of the best free screeners available, the charting software comes in poorly. Lack of trend lines, Moving averages, OBV and index overlay mark it down heavily. However, with Membership you can get real-time stock quotes.
AOL Finance : Stock Chart Review
AOL finance, “nice try but no cigar”, more effort required to produce a good product. They have upgraded the charting experience and now offer the ability to draw trend lines but the goodness stops there.
FINVIZ : Stock Chart Review
Finviz used to be an excellent free service, but now it is all behind a paywall. To get access to anything good here in terms of an interactive free charting experience you will need to pay a handsome sum.
The market for Free Chart Services is competitive but there are some clear winners who offer a great free service and also additional add-ons for a fee. Good luck on your journey to find the tools you need.
Key to the Services Comparison Table.
Login Required – Is a login required to use the Free Charting Service”
Cost “Is the Charting Service really free of charge”
Chart Interactive “Interactive charts are easier to manipulate that static charts, making the user experience better”
Price Windows (Logarithmic) “Logarithmic scaling is vital for good chart assessment”
Draw Trend Lines – “As we know plotting trend lines, are a crucial part of stock analysis (3 points for a Yes)”
Size (large) “Large charts make it easier to see and read the patterns”
Bars “Does the service provide Bar Charts”
Candlesticks “Does the service provide Japanese Candlestick Charting”
OHLC “Does the service provide Open High Low Close Bar Charting”
Streaming “Free Real time streaming charts”
Extended hours “Out of hours stock prices”
Intraday “Are hourly or 1 minute charts available”
Number of Lower Windows (min 3) “3 windows provide additional insight for stock analysis”
Volume “Volume indicators available”
MACD “Moving Average Convergence / Divergence Indicator”
RSI “Relative Strenght index”
Index Compare e.g. SP-500 “Can we overlay the industry or Index on the price chart”
SMA / EMA “Simple moving Average / Exponential moving Average”
Show Earnings “Can we overlay earnign reports onto the chart”
On Balance Volume “On Balance Volume indicator”
Stocastics “Fast and Slow Stocastic Available”
Money Flow “Money Flow Indicator available”
Rolling EPS “Rolling EPS is very valuable to the WISE investor”
Rolling Dividend “interesting for those that like to see dividend, not so important for the WISE investor”
News Overlay On Price “interesting for comparison for people trading news, or wanting to understand how news affect price”
News sources “Quality of news feeds into the site”
Portfolio Tracking “ability to track stock for you.”