Google Finance is an online Google service that made its debut on March 21st, 2006. The service provided business and enterprise headlines for many MNC’s including their financial decisions and major news events. It provided Stock information, as well as Adobe Flash-based stock price charts that contained marks for major news events and corporate actions.
The site also aggregated Google News and Google Blog Search articles about each corporation, as its links were not screened for any discrepancy, so it considered untrustworthy amid the fears of financial implications it could have on a global scale, in case of any incorrect information making an unwanted inside debut. Google added advertising to its finance page on November 18th, 2008. Google launched a revamped version of its finance site on December 12th, 2006, featuring a new homepage design that lets users see currency information, sector performance for the US financial market and a listing of top market movers along with the relevant and important news of the day. A top movers section was also provided, based on the popularity determined by Google Trends.
The upgrade also had charts containing up to 40 years of previous financial data for U.S. stocks, and richer portfolio options. The following update brought real-time ticker updates for stocks to the site, as both NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange partnered with Google. On September 22, 2017, Google confirmed that the website is undergoing renovation and the portfolio feature won’t be available until after mid-November 2017.
However, Google provides another finance page in its search engine, which has a different set of features, including “Recently searched”, “You may be interested in”, and “Top Stories”.
In early 2018, a notice appeared on the Google Finance homepage, stating that “Google Finance has been completely renovated.” The notice went on to say that “users will be able to add stocks from their respective portfolios to the new Google Finance” and can also download the full portfolio in CSV format, which can then be imported into other portfolio services during the transformation period.” It also confirmed that the portfolio feature was to be removed in the coming future.
Prominent Features of Google Finance:
- Stock Screener
- Google Domestic Trends
- Recent quotes are for each individual user.
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