Investors need the latest information in order to stay current with the markets. Although there are many sites to choose from when deciding where to get your news, some make more sense than others depending on the information you need.
News sites usually have their own content creators, or they are authorized to source and redistribute news by partnering with other news sources. Most of the financial news providers go with a mixed approach.
Below is a list of popular news websites for stock markets, economy, finance, and related business news.
MarketWatch News Viewer
The dedicated News Viewer section on MarketWatch portal provides easy access to news items with timestamps. Its auto-streaming feature ensures instant availability of any new item getting updated automatically.
Coverage includes global markets for stocks, commodities, forex, and other asset classes, including fundamental analysis and reporting of macroeconomic data at country level. A dedicated tab for “RealTime Headlines” is also available for streaming data.
One of the top market data providers, the news section on Bloomberg news portal offers news segregated into different categories. News can be selected from appropriate sections—asset class, region, industry, and general financial.
The available search feature by default shows all news items related to the particular stock queried for and lists the news results tagged with the date of publication with all available history. Historical information is quite useful in correlating the impacts of news items on stock performance.
Another top market data provider, Reuters has broad coverage of stock-specific, sector-specific, and market-specific news on their web portal. Available content is similar to that of competitor Bloomberg. Similar search features resulting in historical news items, with an added auto-complete feature for stock names, are quite useful. The results page integrates existing price quotes with news items, giving a unified view to the user.
This site also covers news, but from an educational perspective. On the Markets section, you can view the coverage of key operational metrics for hundreds of companies and surround them with news and charts. Start your own Watchlist to track your favorite stocks.
This site is geared more toward active trading, as right on the homepage you can see futures contracts, commodity prices, ETFs, and forex prices. Many investors use this site to track up-to-date quotes across a variety of investments, and their news section seems impartial and in-depth.
The Wall Street Journal
WSJ is one of the top publications to be followed across the globe for business news. Apart from the usual news and price quotes with related details, WSJ provides easy access to email alerts based on available criteria.
The Financial Times
Another top publication for business news, FT provides comprehensive financial news with global coverage and categorized view.
However, the challenge with both WSJ and FT is that one gets only the headlines for free. Detailed news items usually require a paid subscription, which will also enable access to expert comments, editorials, and diversified content useful to desired traders.
The homepage of CNBC contains up-to-date developments across the global markets. The dedicated news section has category-wise listing, which includes news for U.S. stocks, and region-wise listing for Asia and Europe.
News Aggregate Sites
Many sites work in a pure aggregator role, i.e., they collect news from multiple sources and publish it all in their news sections.
- Google Finance: Backed by the robust search functionality, the results page integrates lots of information including news, price quotes, charts, related competitor companies, key ratios, earnings reports, and links to important information. However, the news items available may be delayed and not necessarily in real-time.
- Yahoo Finance: This has a similar news aggregator role with similar features and coverage for finance-related news.
- Seeking Alpha: Another commonly followed news aggregator site.
Most of the above-mentioned portals allow free access to information. Creating a personal login on these portals is optional, but comes with the added functionality of email news alerts to the user mailbox for the selected stocks.
The Bottom Line
Both free and paid access to business news is available for interested traders on online portals. However, trading based on the news is not for everyone—timely availability and quick action is needed to capitalize on the profit potential or to avoid losses. Along with available online sources, active traders pay close attention to other media—like live TV, Twitter, and newsletters to benefit from news-based trading. (For related reading, see “Top 8 Apps for Financial News”)