How the Sites Stack Up
Site Name/ Price No. of Stocks/ Internet Address (http://) Variables ALPHACHART Free 5,000/ www.techcharts.com/scan.html 19 HOOVER'S STOCKSCREENER* Free 8,000/ www.stockscreener.com 22 I.Q. NET Free basic service; premium 10,000/ www.iqc.com/scan screens, $18.95/month 100 MARKETGUIDE NETSCREEN Free 9,800/ netscreen.marketguide.com 20 MARKETPLAYER* Free 3,600/ www.marketplayer.com 75 MICROSOFT INVESTOR $9.95/month for package 8,000/ investor.msn.com/home.asp of features, including screens 81 MORNINGSTAR.NET* Free 8,000/ www.morningstar.net 12 QUICKEN NETWORTH Free 12,000/ networth.quicken.com 19 RESEARCHMAG.COM Free 10,000/ www.researchmag.com 21 STANDARD & POOR'S* $7.95/month or 10,000/ $79.50/year 40 www.stockinfo.standardpoor.com/screens/contents.htm STOCKTOOLS Free 36,000/ www.stocktools.com 12 THOMSON INVESTORS NETWORK* $9.95/month for package of 7,000/ www.thomsoninvest.net features, including screens 18 WALL STREET CITY $0-$34.95, depending 40,000/ www.wallstreetcity.com on number of features 297 WALL STREET RESEARCH NET Free 8,000/ www.wsrn.com 17 .XLS Screens are free; $2.50 per 8,000/ www.xls.com company for downloading data 14 Site Name Comments ALPHACHART Good variables for technical analysis; screens yield only ticker symbols HOOVER'S STOCKSCREENER* Good choice of variables; easy to use; results come in spreadsheet format yet are not exportable I.Q. NET Quick; mixes technical and fundamental criteria; few free variables MARKETGUIDE NETSCREEN Easy links to complete company reports; measures growth only over three-year periods MARKETPLAYER* Vast measures of past and projected profits; users need to become handy with arcane search terms MICROSOFT INVESTOR Well designed and easy to use; results can be down- loaded only to most recent version of Excel MORNINGSTAR.NET* Intelligent selection of variables; but there are to few of them QUICKEN NETWORTH Some unusual variables, such as insider holdings; many crude variables; prices updated monthly RESEARCHMAG.COM Shows how many stocks each variable cut from the field; portfolio analyzer; some hazily defined variables; can be tricky to use STANDARD & POOR'S* Exploits S&P's comprehensive data base; simple to use; inflexible, pre-set screens bar customization STOCKTOOLS Large universe of stocks, including Canadian is- sues; less historical price data then others THOMSON INVESTORS Includes a few unusual criteria; doesn't permit NETWORK* searches by absolute values WALL STREET CITY Advanced variables; foreign stocks; overwhelming list of complex choices WALL STREET RESEARCH Allows searches by key market indexes; has few NET variables .XLS Wealth of data downloaded swiftly in spreadsheet; expensive; designed more for businesses *Cannot be copied to a spreadsheet DATA: BUSINESSWEEK
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