www.aimr.org: The CFA Institute is an international, nonprofit organization of more than 50,000 investment practitioners and educators in more than 100 countries. Good information on investment professionals, such as pay.
www.nyse.com: Home page of NYSE Euronext. Provides access to market and historical data, charts and tools.
bigcharts.marketwatch.com: Great site that can give viewers a quick glimpse of how the NASDAQ and Dow Jones Industrial Average are performing during the day.
www.bondsonline.com: The source for tracking bond prices and bond market news and searching for preferred stocks and convertible preferred stocks. Bondsonline.com has real-time pricing for more than 15,000 bond offerings.
www.cboe.com: The Chicago Board Options Exchange, another futures exchange. The CBOE lists options on more than 1,200 widely held stocks. In addition to stock options, the CBOE lists stock index options (e.g., the S&P 100 Index Option, abbreviated OEX), interest rate options, long-term options called LEAPS, and sector index options.
www.cmegroup.com: The Chicago Mercantile Exchange, which offers futures and options on futures in four basic product areas: interest rates, stock indexes, foreign exchange and commodities. The commodities include beef, dairy, forest and hog.
www.dailystocks.com: DailyStocks.com bills itself as the biggest website for stock research. The site does have some research reports available for public companies.
www.earningsbase.com/research/wn_home: Nice news site for Wall Street and economic information. Also provides insight on “Whisper numbers,” what analysts and economic experts predict will actually happen as far as corporate earnings and economic indicators.
www.quote.com/home.action: This site allows you to create a portfolio of up to 10 stocks and track them for free. Can also review stock upgrades and downgrades and most-active stocks trading on the day.
thomsonreuters.com/products_services/financial/financial_products/investment_management/market_data_content/first_call: First Call compiles analysts’ estimates and ratings and provides these numbers. Good to check them when you’re writing about a company’s earnings estimates or whether the analyst community has actually changed how it rates stocks. This costs money, however.
www.adviserinfo.sec.gov/IAPD/Content/IapdMain/iapd_SiteMap.aspx: The Investment Advisor Public Disclosure website run by the Securities and Exchange Commission. You can search for an investment adviser firm on this website and view that firm’s Form ADV. Investment advisers file Form ADV to register with the SEC and/or the states. Form ADV contains information about an investment adviser and its business operations. Form ADV also contains disclosure about certain disciplinary events involving the adviser and its key personnel.
www.djaverages.com: If you need to find out how one of the Dow Jones stock indexes is moving, this is the place to go. Tracks the industry indexes as well as the broader market indexes,
moneycentral.msn.com/investor/research/welcome.asp: Nice site for tracking insider buying and selling. This site lists the top 10 companies for insider buying and insider selling. Click on the stock ticker for the company to see the actual transactions.
www.ipofinancial.com: Good information about private companies wanting to convert to public status, including a calendar of when they plan to sell stock to the public.
www.kcbt.com: The Kansas City Board of Trade is used by grain elevators, exporters, millers and producers to protect their cash positions by buying or selling futures and options. Stock market investors also utilize KCBT products. Nonetheless, cash grain trading is still the core business of many of KCBT’s members.
www.moneypage.com: Nice site with basic background on investing as well as other topics. There is a guide to getting started to investing that is a primer for everyone new to the stock market.
www.moodys.com/cust/default.asp: Website for Moody’s Investors Service, which provides ratings and research on bond issues. The website allows you to look for an issue by corporate name.
www.morningstar.com: Information about mutual funds and what stocks they hold. Good way to find investors for companies you are writing about. Lists the top stock holdings for all mutual funds.
commerce.us.reuters.com/purchase/default.do: Real-time access to sell-side analyst reports from the big Wall Street firms. Username and password required. Accessing the analyst reports can cost money, but this service is worth the hassle.
www.nasdaq.com: Another good way to find investors of public companies you are writing about and to track their buying and selling of those stocks.
www.finra.org/index: The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority takes disciplinary actions against firms and individuals for violations of FINRA rules; federal securities laws, rules, and regulations; and the rules of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. Look up any disciplinary action on this site.
www.nymex.com/index.aspx: The New York Mercantile Exchange is the largest physical commodity exchange in the world. It is the preeminent energy and precious metals market. Agriculture products no longer trade here. Under “Resources” the site has a listing of industry conferences and conventions.
www.nyse.com: The New York Stock Exchange has more than 2,800 companies whose stocks trade on a daily basis.
www2.standardandpoors.com: Home site for Standard & Poors, which provides credit ratings and research on bonds, as well as equity research. S&P is billing itself as an independent analyzer of the stock market because it doesn’t do investment banking for the companies it covers. Search function on this site is particularly useful. Also has access to S&P stock indexes.
www.stockpatrol.com: One of the more skeptical websites for investors and those who follow the stock market. StockPatrol.com investigates, researches, and reports on interesting, odd and unusual developments in the securities markets. Look here to see if a company you’re writing about has been the subject of one of its scathing exposes.
www.valueline.com: A well-known name in the investment community that publishes research on publicly traded stocks. Accessing these reports requires a subscriber username and password.
finance.yahoo.com: Yahoo! site that allows you to get historical stock prices on any company. The historical stock prices go back to at least 1970. Enter stock ticker and click ‘Get Quote,’ then click ‘Historical prices’ on the left. Or use bigcharts.marketwatch.com/historical.