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September 10th, 2009 4:28 UTC

Yahoo! Finance Trivia Contest, Win a $99 Apple Gift Certificate

Posted by Yahoo Finance Team in General, New Features

Yahoo! Finance iPhone App

To celebrate the launch of our brand new Yahoo! Finance iPhone app, we are giving our Yahoo! Finance Twitter followers a chance to win a $99 Apple Gift Certificate which can be used towards the purchase of an iPhone*.

Yahoo! Finance will be asking a trivia question on Twitter every week for 10 weeks. Tweet your answer for a chance to win a $99 Apple Gift Certificate which can be used towards the purchase of an iPhone*!

Already have an iPhone? Be sure to check out our new iPhone app in stores now by clicking here: Get the Yahoo! Finance iPhone app 

Here’s how you enter the contest:
1) Start by following @yahoofinance on Twitter
2) Tweet your answer to our weekly trivia question by replying to the question and specifying the iPhone contest.

For example:
@yahoofinance [answer] iPhone contest

The question will be tweeted on Mondays and the first person to answer correctly will win.

“Yahoo! Finance Trivia” Promotion

OFFICIAL RULES

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

ABOUT THE PROMOTION/ELIGIBILITY:
The Yahoo! Finance Trivia Promotion (the “Promotion”) begins at 12:01 AM PT on 9/14/09, and ends at 11:59 PM PT on 11/22/09. The Promotion is only open to legal US residents 18 years or older at the time of entry. Entrants must have a public Twitter account to participate in the Promotion. Employees and agents of Yahoo! Inc. (“Sponsor”), its affiliates, subsidiaries, and any entity involved in the development, production, implementation, administration or fulfillment of the Promotion and the immediate family members and persons living in the same household as such individuals, are not eligible to participate or win. Participation in the Promotion constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final in all respects.

HOW TO ENTER:
To enter, sign up or log on to your Twitter account. A valid email address is required to enter.Yahoo! Finance will ask a finance-related question every Monday at 12 Noon EST for 10 weeks. The first verified eligible Entrant to answer the question correctly will be the weekly winner. Yahoo!’s computer is the official time clock for this Promotion.

IMPORTANT: Answer the question by replying to the question and specifying the iPhone contest: @yahoofinance [answer] iPhone contest

No attempts to enter by other means will be accepted. Yahoo! is not responsible for incomplete, lost, late, garbled, unintelligible or misdirected entries, or for any errors or failures of any kind (including but not limited to human error) in the transmission, receipt, or processing of entries.

WINNER SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION:
Weekly winners (10 total) will be selected by Sponsor’s representatives and will be notified by a direct message on Twitter. To receive a prize, winners may be required to sign, notarize and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release (except where prohibited by law) and must provide a valid postal mailing address. Winner documentation must be returned within seven (7) days from the date sent or prize will be forfeited. Return of any prize/prize notification as undeliverable, or inability of Sponsor to contact a potential Winner may result in disqualification and the weekly entry with the next highest score for that week will become the weekly winner, subject to verification. Limit one entry per person per week and one prize per person for the entire promotion.

PRIZES:
Ten 10 winners will each receive one (1) $99.00 Apple gift certificate subject to terms and conditions stated on gift certificate. Approximate retail value of all prizes is: $990.00. Reporting and payment of all applicable taxes, fees, and/or surcharges are the sole responsibility of each winner. Sponsor will not replace any lost or stolen prize. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute any prize with another prize of equal or greater value at its sole discretion. Any difference between the actual value of a prize and the approximated prize value as stated in these rules will not be awarded.

CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION:
By entering, participants release and hold harmless Yahoo!, its subsidiaries, affiliates, employees and agents form any and all liability or any injuries, loss or damage arising from or in connection with participation in this promotion or acceptance/use of the prize.

GENERAL:
This Promotion is governed by the laws of the United States. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Yahoo! reserves the right to suspend, cancel, or modify this promotion if fraud or any other causes beyond its control destroys the integrity of the promotion, as determined by Yahoo! in its sole discretion.

PRIVACY:
By entering the Promotion, you agree to Yahoo!’s use of your personal information as described in Yahoo!’s Privacy Policy.

WINNERS’ LIST:
The names of the winners will be posted on the Finance blog at the conclusion of the promotion.

Past Trivia Questions and Winner’s List

Week 3 Question: What Federal Reserve note denomination (US currency) has the shortest average life span?
Answer: The $5 bill
Winner: Donna Battle

Week 2 Question: On what date did the Dow Jones Industrial Average first close above 500?
Answer: March 12, 1956
Winner: Michelle Martinez

Week 1 Question: Who was the chairman of the Federal Reserve when the stock market crashed in October 1929?
Answer: Roy A. Young
Winner: Doug Edwards

SPONSOR:
Yahoo! Inc., 701 First Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

* Service plan not included.


November 7th, 2008 4:57 UTC

Add this Facebook Y! application to your profile

Posted by Yahoo Finance Team in General

In a tough market, I get by with a little help from my friends…

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The turbulence and wild swings of the world’s financial markets have been enough to make even the sturdiest of investors a little queasy as of late. If you haven’t already, you will likely lose most of your appetite for risk as the global recession runs its course. But it’s important to keep your head in the game. Several years from now, we’ll no doubt look back at some of these prices and be wishing we’d backed up the truck.

Everyone is looking for an edge in their investment strategy. We think we may have one for you. Hot Stocks is a social finance app from Yahoo’s Media Innovation Group that lets you stay engaged and explore trading ideas with a little help from your friends and other investors on Yahoo!, Facebook and MySpace. Anyone can play regardless of their investing background or financial expertise.

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Hot Stocks keeps you up to date with your favorite stocks and lets you watch the latest business videos from Yahoo! News. But the main premise of the app is to share your opinions about different companies using the stock rating widget. The widget appears throughout the app and will continually ask your opinion about various S&P 500 stocks. Drag the slider to express your bullish or bearish sentiment. Click on the stock ticker symbol to see how others feel about it.

Get your friends involved!

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Things get interesting when you invite a couple friends to join in the fun. You can compare their favorite stocks with your own and see how each of your top five picks has performed not only today, but also over the past week, month, quarter or year. Use it to help identify your most financially informed friend! Perhaps it’s you?

The wisdom of the crowd

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If you’re looking for investment ideas, check out the collective financial wisdom of the different social network crowds. Under the community tab, you’ll see which stocks people are most bullish or bearish on recently on Yahoo!, Facebook and MySpace or across all networks.

Helpful Tips:
• Enter a ticker symbol into the box on the top right of the app and click the Go button to be taken to its stock sentiment page, where you can leave your rating or comment.
• Your Top Five stocks will be automatically created based upon your highest rated stocks. If you’d like to manually edit your Top Five, click on the My Stocks tab and drag any stock that you’ve rated over your Top Five to add it to the list.
• Clicking on a company name or ticker symbol on the Home page will take you to its stock sentiment page where you can leave your sentiment or see how other users feel about it.
• The stock rating widget displays some valuable information about the current stock, including its sector and industry and how heavy or light the stock is trading today.
• Click on the different stock performance periods just below the tabs to change the default period that is used to calculate the percentage change for all stocks.

We hope you’ll find Hot Stocks a fun and engaging way to follow the market and interact with friends online. Please let us know what you think!

William White
Yahoo! Media Innovation

Try it on:

Yahoo!
Facebook
MySpace


October 15th, 2008 3:35 UTC

Yahoo! Finance Goes Global

Posted by Yahoo Finance Team in General

At midnight on Tuesday, something great happened. Something BRILLIANT. Yahoo! Finance launched 15 new pages across Europe to some great user feedback. But it wasn’t just the pages that we should be rightly proud of –- it’s the united Global Yahoo! Finance team behind it; the upgraded processes and infrastructure behind the design.

Engineers, programme and product managers in eight Yahoo! offices and four time zones worked as One Yahoo! to make the vision of a Global Finance Team a reality. Until six months ago, the vast majority had never worked together or even met – but this hasn’t stopped us working as a team and delivering a great product.

Together, we’ve upgraded the technology behind the scenes and linked together the EU and US infrastructure systems. We’ve successfully piloted brand new Global Finance QA processes and run joint EU/US maintenance sprints.

We now work in a 24 hour cycle. The US programmers assign everyone their tasks. The US engineers code, the QA team in Grenoble tests the code whilst the EU engineering carry on their work, the product mangers and production team prioritise the bugs, update specs and do translations in time for the evening call. And then we start all over again.

This means we get great products to market quickly and we’re better supported than ever.

And the pages we launched? Well – the quotes pages now have automatically streaming share prices to keep our users up to date and some pages have been given a fresh look designed to make it easier to digest the financial information. In the current climate it’s never been so crucial to know what’s going on. Here are some links:

• New share price summary page
Multiquote page
• Portfolios – if you’ve got a Yahoo! login create portfolio on the site

So what did our users think of the new pages? Here are just a few of the emails:

Jena: “The new look & design is what I have been waiting for. This is fabulous, 5***** quality. Keep it up.”

Adam Buchannan: “New portfolio page is brilliant, especially the streaming data.”

And this is just the start. We’re working together on the news article pages for launch in the US this month and new charts and search functionality for the EU in November. And there’s sooo much more to come! Finance IS exciting – and it’s never looked so good. ;)

Well done the Global Finance Team!


August 6th, 2008 1:29 UTC

Getting the most out of the Interactive Chart

Posted by Yahoo Finance Team in Charts, General

Interactive Chart

If you’ve clicked the thumbnail chart — or a time period link below it — on our quote page, you’ve likely visited our Interactive Chart. The Interactive Chart is a relatively new addition to Yahoo! Finance; it became generally available in April. There are several things you can do on the Interactive Chart that you can’t do on the Basic Chart. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Drilling down for more information: When you see a dramatic change in price or volume, move the Interactive Chart’s cursor to a specific point on the chart to read the date/time and price and volume.

2. Comparisons: You can compare any security to any other security. Start by clicking the Compare link. The Compare dialog then shows you key competitors and indices. Check the box next to the ones you want to add for comparison. If you want to add a comparison security that’s not in the list, simply enter the security’s name or symbol in the text box.

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Click the Draw button when you’re done, and you’ll see the Interactive Chart update to plot the comparison securities and/or indices you requested.

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3. Customization: You can change the plot line (candlesticks, line, or OHLC), chart scale (linear or logarithmic), and even the chart cursor (ball, crosshairs, or none). These options are under the Chart Settings menu. If you miss the open, high, and low values we once showed by default, you’ll find the option to turn them on in this menu, too.

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4. Technical Indicators: Choose from 12 indicators (plus volume) by clicking the Technical Indicators menu.

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After you select one from the menu, you can customize its input values.

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5. Time Range adjustment: You can change the beginning and end date of the chart plot. If you know the dates you want, type them in the FROM and TO boxes and click Enter on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can use the graphical time range adjustment at the bottom of the chart. The slider bar moves the time window back and forth in time. You can change the size of the time window by clicking and dragging the handles.

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To save you the hassle of reconfiguring your settings, the Interactive Chart carries over your technical indicator settings and chart settings as you plot different charts. The settings also carry over to the next browser session as long as you don’t clear your browser cookies. You can force-clear the Interactive Chart’s settings at any time by clicking the Reset link above the chart.

There are also some key links beneath the chart. Note the link to the Basic Chart, which you can use in case you prefer its simpler presentation. The Print link allows you to print the Interactive Chart area of the screen. Finally, click the Send Feedback link beneath the chart to send us your impressions and ideas. We’ve made changes to the chart in response to user feedback, so please keep it coming.


July 15th, 2008 11:24 UTC

Real-Time ECN Quotes Are Now Available on Multi-Quote and Portfolios Pages!

Posted by Yahoo Finance Team in General

Thanks to everyone for the great feedback on our recent real-time features on Yahoo! Finance. We know this is information you value, so today we’re pleased to build on our real-time features with the addition of Real-Time ECN views in multi-quote and portfolio pages on Yahoo! Finance.

With the markets being volatile and earnings right around the corner, it is important to be aware of any trends in the market. See how the earnings announcements not only affect a single symbol in real-time, but how this influences the industry.

Our multi-quotes Real-Time ECN view (see below) will save you time by allowing you to see several real-time quotes on one page without logging in.

You can get to this view by putting multiple symbols, separated by a space, in the search box, or by clicking here.

Real-Time ECN Quotes Are Now Available on Multi-Quote Pages!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additionally, save even more time by viewing your watchlist and investments in real time. Just use the Real-Time ECN view on your Portfolios page every time you return to your portfolio.

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Let us know what you think!


July 2nd, 2008 4:30 UTC

Comprehensive Coverage on Commodities Futures on Yahoo! Finance

Posted by Yahoo Finance Team in General

Yahoo! Finance is the industry leader for providing up-to-date information on companies, including free real-time quotes. Did you know that we also provide comprehensive coverage on commodities?

Commodities Futures Prices on Yahoo FinanceGo to http://finance.yahoo.com/futures to discover what’s happening with commodities.

With energy prices soaring, energy futures provide insight into where the market thinks energy prices are headed. Precious metals (for example, gold) are considered a safe haven in uncertain times, and you can find out about what the current trend is under the Metals tab. Food prices are captured under Grains (corn, for instance) and also under Livestock (e.g., pork bellies — so much for pork barrel politics!). To round it all out, there are even indices that track the overall commodities.

Check out futures to understand where the market thinks the prices are headed!


June 17th, 2008 6:19 UTC

Yahoo! Finance Launched more Real-Time ECN Features Today!

Posted by Yahoo Finance Team in General

Today we are delighted to announce more Real-Time ECN information. We have created a new page that has real-time streaming prices for the bid, bid size, ask, ask size and the top of the book.

The top of the book is commonly referred to as Level 2 data and this features the 5 highest bid prices and size as well as the 5 lowest ask prices and size on BATS Trading.

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Check out our new Real-Time ECN page at http://finance.yahoo.com/q/ecn?s=YHOO, and watch your favorite stock in real-time. Let us know what you think and stayed tuned for further integration on Yahoo Finance.


May 22nd, 2008 6:00 UTC

Welcome to the new Yahoo! Finance Blog!

Posted by Yahoo Finance Team in General, New Features

Welcome!

We know you depend on Yahoo! Finance for the current news and info that help you make confident financial decisions. That’s why the Yahoo! Finance team is launching its own blog – to make sure you’re among the first to know when we launch a new feature or product, update our services, fix a glitch or just have a helpful tip to offer.

Want to make sure you’re in the loop with what’s happening with Yahoo! Finance? Add us to your My Yahoo! page, or subscribe to the RSS feed, sign up for email updates, or just bookmark this address. We’ll keep you up-to-date.

We’ll update this blog regularly with the information to make your time on Yahoo! Finance as informative, productive and helpful as possible.

That said – the best way for us to get you the information you want is for you to tell us! Like most blogs, this one is a two-way street. Please drop us a comment to tell us what you think, make suggestions, ask questions or recommend topics.

Your input will help us make the most out of our Yahoo! Finance community.

Welcome aboard,

The Yahoo Finance Team