Stock streamer

Get a 21st century take on the old-fashioned stock ticker.

QuoteTracker streams real-time stock prices, news, and other critical information directly to the investor's desktop. It enables direct trading with major online stockbrokers and services; provides dynamic historical charts, real-time intraday charts, and streaming Level II quotes; and supports major subscription data feeds and email alerts. It has a few extras, too, like multiple portfolio management.

Like most programs designed to pack as much financial information as possible in a defined space as quickly as it can, QuoteTracker's main interface is a busy affair, but it's similar to financial news and reports, and you can customize many of the features to suit your style and information needs. You can configure it to display information in a wide range of chart styles, including candlestick, OHLC, and TICK. You can set it to track over 120 technical indicators, though some data requires a subscription service. It will even stream an old-timey stock ticker tape.

QuoteTracker installs icons without asking and leaves behind folders, should you decide to uninstall it. It's free to try, but the free version has adware, and some features are disabled; for instance, it's limited to two days on intraday charts, instead of 10. However, the adware-free registered version is only $7; less than many single stock transaction fees, so if you like what you see in the trial, the full version is not a major commitment. It's also free with TD Ameritrade accounts, which enable direct trades and other advanced features. QuoteTracker is fully certified for Vista and Windows 7.

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