MarketWatch

www.marketwatch.com

MarketWatch is an excellent stock information website from the Wall Street Journal. It provides comprehensive information on stocks and companies.

To use the site, type in the name of the company or stock symbol for which you are looking for in the search box. Once you have found the company, an overview of today’s share price and price per earning ratio will come up, along with a chart that shows the price changes by the hour. Other company news and press releases for the day are listed. There are other tabs under the company name that include:

Profile – gives a general overview of the company and its executives, along with its headquarters address and phone number.

Charts – under the Time button provides a daily, weekly, and monthly chart of the company’s stock price. The compare button underneath it on the same page will show an comparison of Indexes (S & P 500, Dow Jones, NASDAQ, commodities) and Industries (banks, health care, hotels, etc.) for the same time period you have chosen.

Financials – includes the earnings for the company per year, along with its gross income, net income, income tax paid, etc.

Historical Quotes – provides the historical quote for a stock going back to 1971 .  Just start typing in the date. A pop up box will show a calendar with the month and date. Just click which month and date you need to find out the high, low, and close of the stock.

Analyst Estimates, Options, and SEC Filings are more of the tabs that can be clicked to find out information on a company.

General buttons near the top of the home page include general news of the markets, along with investing and personal finance news.

Economic Indicators

www.gpoaccess.gov/indicators/index.html

This GPO Access site pulls together economic indicators and statistics from a number of sources into one easy-to-use tool.  Select a month and year (1998-present) and get data on income, output, spending, employment, wages, production, prices, money, credit, markets and more.  Users can also search by keyword for specific needs.

Gold Price

www.goldprice.org

From LII: “This site provides charts of the current gold price in 23 major currencies. It also provides ‘timely and accurate silver and gold price commentary, gold price history charts for the past 30 days, 60 days, 1, 5 and 10 years and gold futures quotes and charts.’ The site notes that ‘the gold price reflects not only the inherent value of gold, but also the relative strength of the currency in which it is quoted.'”

Startup Search

From LII:

www.startupsearch.org

“Directory tracking ‘new web technology companies at the beginning stages of their growth.’ It collects ‘facts and figures about new web products, startup companies, key startup employees, and the funding dollars powering their growth.’ Profiles include background and rankings (explained in ‘Startup Search Score’ in the About section). Searchable, or browse companies, products, people, investors, or partners. From a Web search and syndication consultant.”