Free stock screeners, when they satisfy the requirements of your investing strategies, can be one of the best deals around.
Not only are they free, but they often come with several pre-defined stock screens, free portfolio management tools and represent sites with extensive investment information related to stocks and the financial markets.
To paraphrase Kermit the Frog, "It's not easy being free". There will be lots of ads and links to fee-based enhancements because the cost of maintaining free stock screening tools is significant. So, don't whine about the ads and links.
Without exception, these are online stock screeners.
And, generally, require some type of registration with the option to be put on a mailing list. The registration form for the Zacks screener is shown below:
If you are not familiar with the characteristics of a good stock screener, take time to familiarize yourself with desirable features before spending time evaluating a free stock screener. Get the latest Stock Screener Features Checklist.
Keep in mind the goal of stock screening is to reduce the time required to locate and analyze suitable investment or trading opportunities. If using a free stock screener creates more work for you than it saves, it is not a good deal even if it is free.
The primary consideration, always, is whether or not the screener is adequate for you.
On occasion, I see a list of "Best Free Stock Screeners" with some products
You may or may not be able to use pre-built screens directly, but at least you can see how the site owners have used the available criteria. These can also be a great starting point for your own screens.
If the pre-built screens are not enough, you must be able to create or modify screening criteria. So there must be adequate data.
And unless you want to re-enter your custom screen each time you use the screener, you must be able to save the screen. If the screen cannot be saved, it is unlikely to be one of the best free stock screeners.
The availability of free online screeners changes as a business decision of the company hosting the site. To save you time trying to locate a screener that no longer exists, out-of-service screeners are included in the list with a no longer available (NLA) notation. Where additional information about out-of-service screeners is available, a link is provided in the Screener Museum list.
Currently, the list of free stock screening sites includes only screeners offering some fundamental data for screening. Free stock screeners that offer only technical analysis are not currently listed.
Screeners have been catagorized as:
If you know of other free screeners please contact
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Please keep in mind the following list represents our opinion of the best free stock screeners. You need to make your own evaluation. We developed an screener evaluation approach which you may find useful in your search for tools.
StockScreening101 recomendations (in aphabetical order) and links to our detailed review:
The following screeners have limits, but may be adequate:
Don't waste your time.
These screeners are no longer available. If you are interested, more details are available in the Museum.
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Updated Dec 2016