I have spent many hours researching the internet for information and found over 100 sites I visit almost daily, for research to help me come up with trading ideas in stocks and commodities. I feel that I would do a great service to others by sharing a little bit of my list. Others may have suggestions of similar sites that I have missed and I would be curious to see those. Here are some sites that I believe are invaluable to traders that you might want to click on and then save in your favorites:
I will start out with my homepage of finance.yahoo.com that you can reach by clicking here. Yahoo Finance allows one to check the major indices in the U.S. during the day, Europe early in the morning, and Asia at night. Entering the symbol of any stock allows one to get a page on the stock that lists headlines, and allows one to check out the profile, key statistics, and get a chart. I use Yahoo charts when I want to check intraday action for the last 5 days, and also to compare several different charts of various stocks in a group to see which company charts are outperforming and underperforming. If I want to get the latest news I can click on news. To the right of the Stocks news section I can click on commodities and see on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. what the latest natural gas report is. I can click on currencies and get the latest currency news. Yahoo finance also has a stock screener that you can find here.
I also like to check the rating of a stock at the motley fool website which you can find here. The site also has articles written by members that I find interesting. Similar to what one might find at seekingalpha.com where I research daily. I watch fast money on the internet when I miss it on TV by clicking here. I like to see what stocks they are buying in the final trade for the following day. I can check CNBC videos here, and click on top video, latest video, or analyst interviews. I like to check Bloomberg TV here, where I can find TV clips on gold, the Australian dollar or anything else I am trading by doing a quick search. I watch videos from thestreet.com right here. I also watch the Canadian business channel of BNN (Business News Network) found here. I can scroll through and find interesting clips on stocks or commodities that I find interesting.
Barchart Futures News & Commentary here. I especially like to read the comments of Matthew Bradbard, Judy Crawford, and Gregor Horvat. At barchart.com under stocks then signals, you can also get some great long and short ideas for stocks as well.
For stock charts I use stockcharts.com you can find here. For futures charts I like to go to the cme.com website and click on delayed quotes here. I then find the Globex futures contract I want to check out, and then click on the particular futures name like corn, to see all the different month quotes. I can then select charts and once the chart section is opened, I can change it to any contract that I want. This allows me to check out 5 minute, 15 minute, 30 minute charts to check out ranges intraday. But for end of day daily, or weekly and monthly continuous charts, I go to tradingcharts.com that you can find here.
For the latest currency information I go to dailyfx.com. However, I especially like to select technical analysis and then click sentiment which you can find here. When retail customers are quite bullish then it pays to be bearish. When the percentage of retail customers are bearish, it pays to be bullish. The retail currency crowd usually loses so you want to be doing the opposite of what is popular with the masses, especially the small retail crowd.
Americanbulls.com is a place you can look up any stock to see if they are long or short the stock using their daily candlestick trading method. At americanbulls.com I can check out the Aussie Dollar by entering the symbol FXA, or the euro at FXE, etc. I can check out gold by entering GLD, the Dow by entering DIA, etc. When I trade stocks I like to check money flows at the Wall Street Journal. I check out buying on weakness here, and selling on strength here, to get the 100 stocks most likely to turn up or down.
When trading commodities and I want to hear the opening, mid-day and closing reports on grains, meats, metals, etc., then I can go to cme.com and under the education section, check out news and commentary by clicking here. The news changes when one selects a different category like energy, equities, metals, etc. When I am trading the meats I check out the meat futures update here and they also have updates for metals, currencies, energy, grains, etc. To get agriculture information on the Brownfield Radio Network on my computer then I go to here. At brownfieldagnews.com under programs I can listen to the livestock updates throughout the day.
For metals news, I rely on kitco.com here. For natural gas and crude oil news, I follow firstenercastfinancial.com here. For stock indices and currency trading parameters and signals, every week I will check out daytradingbias.com by clicking here.
This is a good starting list of frequently visited sites that I would think would have wide appeal that are totally free. I have several other paid sites that I visit from time to time. I am a lifetime member of three different chat rooms but don't find the time to visit them very often. Hope this starting list is helpful.