How do I Track Stocks Online?

Start your online stock search by finding the ticker symbol of the stock.

Start your online stock search by finding the ticker symbol of the stock.

With myriad website offering continuous stock updates, it's easy to track your stocks online. Some sites offer free stock tracking, while others that provide more data and features charge a fee. As long as you know the name of the company offering the stock you want to track, you should be able to find the information you need in a matter of seconds.

Find the ticker symbol of the stock you wish to track. For example, if you wanted to track the stock of General Motors, the ticker symbol for that stock is GM. You can visit the company's website, or use a search engine to find the ticker symbol of a stock, using keywords and phrases such as "stock symbol" or "ticker symbol" and the name of the company.

Type the ticker symbol of the stock into a search engine, followed by the words, "stock price" or "stock quote." You will find a variety of search results leading to websites that provide you with free stock tracking.

Visit several of the websites generated by your search. Find one that provides the information you want in a way that is easy for you to understand. In addition to the stock price, you can get data such as opening stock price, previous close price, number of shares traded today, the day's high and low prices and other information. Some sites give you the stock price in real time, while others give the stock price after a 15-minute delay.

Set a favorite stock if you have an online trading account. This will allow you track the stock quickly and easily each time you visit your account. Different online trading accounts will use different names for the favorites setting. You may also be able to set a favorite or favorites at one of the free sites you found. At the very least, you can bookmark the free page for the stock you selected and put it in your bookmarks or browser toolbar for easy reference.

Check personal data related to your stock if you own stock and have an online trading account. Personal data is information related to the amount and value of stock you own. For example, you might want to know the amount of money you have made or lost on a stock one day. You can track the percent value increase or decrease in your stock. If you have placed standing or one-time buy or sell orders, you can track the status of your orders.


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