How To Screen For Stocks
How To Screen For Stocks?
Screening for stocks is one method we can find possible investments. A screen is a scan through the database for companies that meet our input criteria. There are many free software available in the market for us to screen through stocks.
Some of the free screeners includes:
- Financial Times Screener
- Market In Out Screener
- com Screener
- SGX StockFacts
- Bursa MarketPlace Screener
- Your Brokerage
If you want more functions and data, you can consider some of the paid services:
- Share Investor
- S&P Capital IQ
- Thomson Reuters
There are also other websites that we can use to view the financials of these companies.
For SGX Listed Companies
For Bursa Malaysia Companies
For Hong Kong and China Listed Companies
Screening Is The First Step
It is important for us to note that screening is only the first step in finding the right stock to invest in. It shows us the companies that have met our criteria based on its financial data. However, we need to analyse more to make sure that these companies are indeed suitable for us to invest in.
One way for us to do it is through our 5-Fingers Rule.
Our 5-Fingers Rule is a checklist for us to use on these short-listed companies from our screen results. It is a set of 10 questions we should ask ourselves on these companies. It is a quick and easy way for us to decide on whether any of these companies is worth our time to research deeper on. The rule of thumb is that as long as a company is able to pass 5 of our 10 questions, it might be worth out time to research more on the company. If not, we should just give these companies a pass instead of wasting our time on them.
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