Looking for stock quotes on Google Finance? Looking for quotes on stocks in a certain country or business sector, or being traded on a specific market? Google Finance's stock screener will let you search for stocks based on these criteria and more, such as a company's market cap, year-to-date performance, or stock price. You can organize the stock quotes that you find based on these criteria, too, in order to do quick comparisons and see who's on top of the financial world at the moment!
Go to www.google.com/finance in your web browser.
Click Stock Screener in the menu on the left.
The first step is to set the general criteria for the stock quotes that you want to see.
Click any of the four drop-down menus across the top to select:
- The country where the stocks are for sale
- The market on which the stocks are being sold (or select All Markets)
- What business sector the company selling the stocks is in (or select All Sectors)
- What currency any monetary values will be listed in
Next, you will have to set the specific criteria for the stock quotes that you want to look for.
The four default criteria are:
- Market Cap: the total value of the company on the stock market
- Price/Earnings Ratio: the value of an individual stock relative to the company's total worth
- Dividend Yield: How much a company pays its shareholders relative to its stock price
- 52-Week Price Change: How much a company's stock price rose or fell over the past year
HINT: Clicking the question mark buttons () will tell you more about what each criterion is.
You can screen for stock quotes by clicking and holding the mouse on the handles () on the "Company Distribution" graph for each criterion, dragging them to a certain point, and then releasing the mouse button. You can also simply click in the boxes at either end of each graph, and input a minimum value (on the left) and/or a maximum value (on the right). If you want to eliminate a criterion, click the "X" beside it.
If you want to add extra criteria to your search, you can click Add Criteria. This will open a menu with categories of criteria; simply click a category, then click a criterion within that category, and then click the Add Criteria button. Or, if you want to reset all changes to your criteria (including values changed and criteria added or removed), click Reset.
At the bottom of the screen is where you will see the stock quotes that the screener found for you, based on the parameters you have entered (they will change more or less immediately in response to any change in those parameters). Click on a company's name or trading symbol to take you to a page with more information about that company, including a more detailed stock quote.
If you click on one of the blue parameters highlighted at the top of the results chart, you can sort the stock quotes that you found by the values of that parameter. Clicking once displays a small "down" arrow beside the parameter, and sorts your stock quotes from high to low. Clicking the same parameter again will change the arrow to an "up" arrow, and sort stock quotes from low to high. Clicking it a third time will go back to sorting stock quotes by alphabetical order of the companies.
Finally, you can click on the buttons at the bottom-right corner of the search table to choose how many stock quotes you want to see per page, or to go to the first, previous, next, or last page of stock quotes.
That's a quick lesson on how to find stock quotes on Google Finance by using the stock screener!
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