Following stock market prices is one important aspect of trading in the stock market. Sure, you might have a financial advisor that is doing the heavy lifting and keeping track of everything but it usually dos not hurt to be informed as well. One of the most popular financial portals on the Internet is Yahoo Finance which contains lots of information about the ever changing stock market.
Users who want to have a simple overview of stock market prices and growth can take a closer look at the stock market software Aiquant Simple Downloader. What looks like a file downloader at first glance is actually a sophisticated program to download stock market data from Yahoo Finance.
The stock market software can be configured to download only selected, some or even all of the stock market charts and information. The program covers the US stock market only which might be a problem for users who invest in other markets (like European) as well.
The left sidebar of the stock market software contains access to watchlists, indices and sectors. A click on any of the listed items will display the available stock market data in the right main part of the interface. Each row will display basic information about the symbols, company names and the last updates. More interesting than that is the stock market chart view which can be opened by double-clicking a row.
The last six months of stock market data is displayed in every chart by default. It is possible to look further back in history using the calendar at the top. Some stock market charts go back to the last millenium which means that the data is quite extensive.
It is possible to add stocks to watchlists which can then be accessed from the top of the left sidebar. Watchlists have to be edited in a text editor. The stock market data needs to be downloaded before it becomes accessible in the stock market software.
The software could use some additional functionality like adding stocks and their prices to see their growth without having to make the calculations manually. Aiquant Simple Downloader required the Microsoft .net Framework 3.5.
Update: The application has been discontinued.
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