There are hundreds of great useful websites nowadays and in this post we focus on some of the best free sites for UK stock market research. We’ll look at sites with general stock market data, but also niche sites focusing on investment companies and funds or with specific tools like backtesting and screeners.
ADVFN calls itself ‘the home of the private investor’. It’s a really useful data site and most of it is free if you register. It’s one of our favourite sites for UK stock market research. It offers up to date news, charts, market quotes. You can set up a variety of alerts including share price and news alerts. The financials section allows you to choose a stock and get a wide variety of key figures and financial ratios. You might find the free toplists useful and there is also a very indepth screener with results that can be downloaded for free.
Yahoo Finance is a free resource full of financial information. On the home page you get regular news updates. Under the market data tab there is a calendar showing earnings, stock splits, IPOs and economic events. There is also up to date pricing on most active stocks, world indices and currencies. One of the best functions is the data that you can get on individual stocks. Just type in the company or ticker in the search bar and you’ll be taken to the company page where you can see a whole host of information including price charts, historical data, stock statistics and financial statements. Yahoo Finance also has a stock screener, to filter out potential stocks by your favourite statistics.
Trustnet is powered by FE fundinfo and as it’s name suggests it focusses on funds. It splits these into investment trusts, Pension Funds, Life Funds, Offshore Funds, Exchange Traded Funds, IA Unit Trusts & OEICs. What’s great and unique is the performance tables. You can filter by the type of fund, star ratings and the asset type, then sort by performance going 5 years back. They even have a page which ranks the performance of fund managers.
Investing.com has a huge amount of resources onsite including live market prices, news, analysis, charts and more. It also has an area full of learning resources called the Academy. The tools are particularly useful. There are various calendars for economic and earnings events. There is also a comprehensive and easy to use stock screener. You can filter out stocks by various categories and also download the results into a csv. The screen also has prebuilt top screens or you can save your favourite screens for future use.
Simply Wall St
Simply Wall St has a free plan option which allows limited use. It has similar functions to the other sites like market news, watchlists and a screener. The layout is often more graphical which some people might prefer. One of the best parts of this site is that every stock gets a fair valuation calculation, which can be handy when deciding whether the price of a stock is reasonable.
REIT Comparison is very straight forward and literally compares Real Estate Investment Trusts. What’s really useful is that the simple table on the homepage can be sorted by dividend, market cap, sector and perhaps most importantly the price to book ratio, which is a measure of whether the trust is trading at a premium or discount compared to its net asset value. The site also has an ultimate guide to REITs which is pretty useful.
The Association of Investment Companies is another free site. THE AIC was founded in 1932. It’s packed full of information on investment companies and has a ‘compare investment companies’ section. You can compare investment companies and set up alerts too. There’s plenty of tutorials and if logged in you can download indepth historical performance data.
Let us know if you have any other suggestions!
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