Performing technical analysis is much easier when you use a great stock chart website. Whether you are a seasoned trader or are just learning how to read a stock chart, this post will walk you through six great sites for free stock charts.
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To find the best free stock charts, I focused on the following characteristics: professional scalability (web technology used to make the charts), total features (include total trading tools and technical indicators), design (the cleaner the better), and ease of use (HTML5 charts and clean option menus are a nice bonus).
It is important to note that nearly every stock charting service, no matter which one you use, offers a free tier and a paid premium tier. None of these sites, less Google, is supported by ads alone. By paying to upgrade, you will, in most cases, receive streaming real-time quotes alongside additional technical indicators or other advanced charting features.
Best Free Stock Charts Websites
- TradingView.com – Best charting technology and community
- StockCharts.com – Easiest to use and customize
- TD Ameritrade – $0 minimum deposit
- Yahoo Finance – Simple design
- Google Finance – Quick and easy charts
- FINVIZ.com – Great for automated technical analysis
TradingView.com offers a clean and flexible way of looking at stock charts using the latest and great web code, HTML 5. These stocks charts are community driven to provide technical analysis in the form of optional annotations on each chart. Community aside, TradingView also supports extensively detailed charts, not too mention better pricing than StockCharts.com for those who want access to advanced features and/or real-time data. Overall, TradingView is my favorite website for free stock charts.
Pros: Most flexible stock charts, excellent community features including chat rooms, easy sharing, and over 100 charting tools and indicators included.
Cons: Features take time to learn.
Stockcharts.com takes a high spot for its simplicity, cleanliness, and overall scalability. It is the most widely utilized free stock charting site for financial bloggers alongside TradingView and is also the primary charting service used here for our weekly market recaps. The site offers a wide variety of different free tools and ways to analyze any stock chart desired. For investors who want historical charting and further analysis, they can upgrade to a paid subscription.
Pros: One of the original free stock chart websites. Charts are easy to read, customize, and share.
Cons: No HTML 5 charting or free streaming real-time data.
3. TD Ameritrade
TD Ameritrade (Open Account) is a full-service online broker that is best known for its trader technology. I’ve had an account for well over a decade and love their charting package included with the thinkorswim desktop platform, which was ranked first overall by StockBrokers.com in their 2019 Broker Review. There is no minimum deposit to open an account and download the trading platform. Whenever you are ready to trade, just fund your account. TD Ameritrade charges $6.95 per stock trade.
Pros: Excellent charts with over 300 optional technical indicators and included real-time streaming data.
Cons: Even though no minimum deposit required, you still need to open an account first to download the platform.
4. Yahoo Finance
Yahoo Finance upgraded its entire charting experience in the Spring of 2019. Today, Yahoo Finance offers clean HTML 5 charts that are clear, easy to use, and great for everyday investors (which is why it is on this list). Yahoo Finance is also an excellent website for stock quotes, research, and news (less the ads). Unfortunately, the new charts restrict advanced features like key event overlays, requiring a subscription to Yahoo Finance Premium for $34.99/mo.
Pros: Clean, full screen stock charts are easy to read and customize.
Cons: The best features are locked away behind a paywall.
5. Google Finance
Google Finance provides a very simple charting solution for investors. What makes Google’s charts so nice is the ability to just Google search for the ticker and instantly have a simple chart pull up. For example, try Googling, “Apple stock chart”.
Pros: It’s quick and easy, just Google search!
Cons: Very basic charts with no indicators or any customization options what-so-ever beyond toggling the date range.
(Honorable Mention) FINVIZ.com
Although not in my top five for 2019, FINVIZ.com which is my favorite site for screening stocks so it is worth including. FINVIZ charts are very simple – which is also the downside – but include technical analysis overlays on them by default. Unique feature aside, unfortunately, even basic customization requires upgrading to FINVIZ Elite for $24.96/mo.
Pros: Simple stock charts come with automated technical analysis. Additional fundamental data is also displayed right below each chart, which includes analyst ratings.
Cons: Extremely basic charts offer no way to even set a time range without upgrading to a paid subscription.
Best Free Stock Charts: Features Comparison
|Website||Base Cost||Premium Version||Best Feature||Rating|
|TradingView.com||Free||$12.95/mo+||HTML5 charting||5 Stars|
|StockCharts.com||Free||$14.95/mo+||Classic design||4.5 Stars|
|TD Ameritrade||$0 min dep||$6.95 per trade||300+ indicators||4.5 Stars|
|Yahoo Finance||Free||$34.99/mo||Simple design||4 Stars|
|Google Finance||Free||N/A||Quick and easy||3.5 Stars|
|FINVIZ.com||Free||$24.96/mo||Automated analysis||3 Stars|
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