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AOL's DailyFinance App updated

David Winograd

We noted the introduction of the DailyFinance app in April, so without rehashing old business... It's time to move Stocks off of your main apps page. The multifaceted DailyFinance app from AOL has been updated to version 1.2 and AOL has made a great app even better.

DailyFinance provides real time price information from the BATS Exchange, the third largest trading exchange in the country. A broker can choose to trade on the NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX or BATS which covers over 6,000 stocks. The correlation between exchange prices isn't perfect but can be very close in highly liquid stocks. If a stock is listed on BATS and NASDAQ for example, both quotes are displayed in DailyFinance, with a notation that the NASDAQ quote is delayed by 15 minutes. Being a trader I can tell you that those 15 minutes are often critical and buying real time quotes can be expensive.

DailyFinance automatically syncs your Portfolios and Watchlists with the AOL Money and Finance web site.

New features of this already solid app include:

  • The ability to set your default screen from your settings app
  • Re-ordering of your Watchlists in the same manner as re-ordering Contacts
  • Alphabetical sorting of Portfolio symbols
  • Re-ordering, or deleting news categories
  • Horizontal views of news stories.
The power of landscape mode is nicely put to use. When viewing a chart, tap compare to bring up a list of overlays including comparisons of your chart with markets, industry peers, seasonality, events (such as estimated earnings versus actual earnings), and other stock symbols. Tapping a chart while viewing a Watchlist brings up a CoverFlow view of all the charts in the Watchlist.

The app is elegantly executed, and serves as a one-stop portal for financial information. Market data is provided in a logical, easy to follow format that packs a huge amount of information on a small number of screens.

a free copy from the App Store and check it out for yourself. If you trade stocks, I think you'll be quite happy.

Note: AOL is the parent company of TUAW and Weblogs, Inc.

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