Taking Finance Search to the Next Level

January 14th, 2010 1:56 UTC

Posted by Yahoo Finance Team in New Features

Yahoo! Finance is known for the breadth and depth of company information we provide, but sometimes it can be tricky to find exactly what you need. Problem solved. Now you can conduct powerful and comprehensive searches using the new and improved Yahoo! Finance Search.

In addition to finding relevant content across Yahoo! Finance, we now include results from the web and organize it all in a way that’s easy to use. The new Finance Search can uncover details on companies and executives, find information on private companies and even help determine what companies are associated with topics.

To get to Finance Search, click “Finance Search” in the blue bar on every Yahoo! Finance page:

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From here, enter your search. Or, browse a list of the day’s popular finance searches.

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Section 1: Quote Information

A quote appears when your search exactly matches a ticker or a quote name. You’ll see pricing information and a chart.

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Section 2: News

You’ll see the latest news stories from Yahoo! and across the web.

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Section 3: Company & Quote Results

The list of Companies (public and private), ETFs, Mutual Funds and Indices (from US and worldwide exchanges) is generated from matches between your search and content on Yahoo! Finance, including: company/quote name, ticker, business summary, key execs, analysts, and insiders.

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As an example, you can enter the name of a person (“Carol Bartz” ) or a topic (“biodynamic farm”) to find related companies. In the example of Carol Bartz, she is a key exec and insider at the companies listed. In the example of “biodynamic farm,” biodynamic farm is mentioned in the business summary on the company profile pages.

Section 4: Yahoo! Finance and Web Search Results

Using Web Search results, you’ll find content available on Yahoo! Finance and the Web. In the default “All Results” view, the first 3 results are from Yahoo! Finance, and the next results are from the Web. You can also view only Yahoo! Finance results or only Web Results.

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Let us know what you think!


Coverage of The New York Times and CNNMoney.com video added to Yahoo! Finance

November 3rd, 2009 12:15 UTC

Posted by Yahoo Finance Team in New Features, Video

In our industry leading quest to deliver the information and tools necessary for you to make financial investment decisions, last week we added news from The New York Times and video from CNNMoney.com to Yahoo! Finance. So, where can you find stories from these world renowned sources on your Yahoo! Finance site?

The New York Times articles are available often on our Front Page under Top Stories, as well as ticker quote pages, when they relate to that stock, mutual fund, ETF, currency, etc. If you would prefer to find The New York Times content all in one place, it is always available on the Yahoo! Finance – The New York Times news home page.

You can find links to CNNMoney.com video content on ticker pages when the video is relevant for that ticker. In addition CNNMoney.com video content is always be available for viewing on the Yahoo! Finance – CNN Money.com news home page. In both cases, headlines are marked with a label to make it easy for you to identify.

We continue to add new partners every month, check back here on our blog to receive these new updates!


Message Boards Updated, How to Create ‘Private’ Posts and Replies

October 14th, 2009 11:39 UTC

Posted by Yahoo Finance Team in General, User Experience

UPDATE:

Earlier this week we made a number of updates to the Yahoo! Finance message boards. Among them was a move to the latest identity management system being used across much of Yahoo!. While there were some strong user benefits of this feature, it created a lot of confusion and we didn’t communicate with you as much as we should have. Based on your input, we have rolled back to the previous way of managing and displaying your identity on the message boards.

Over 20 million people come to Yahoo! Finance each month and many of you visit one or more of the nearly 1 million Finance message boards. Some use the message boards as a source for company research or to share investing tips and strategies. For others it’s just a source of entertainment.

Regardless of your reason for visiting, it’s essential that your virtual identity is protected and that you can trust that the authors of the messages you read are who you think they are. Many of you have been using the Finance message boards for years, have developed reputations based on your insights and have even built friendships. Your identity is your personal brand on the message boards and it must be protected.

Unfortunately, communities this large and focused often become the target of abuse. That’s certainly the case for the Finance message boards. Efforts earlier this year helped to reduce the incidents of reported abuse by 45% but we still have a long way to go. We’re also constantly working to improve other issues like message boards that are missing when there is a new ticker or a ticker change.

Issues related to abuse and privacy are what prompted the new features this week. As soon as we saw your reaction, people across the organization immediately began evaluating a number of solutions and ultimately decided to remove the new feature.

You have our commitment that any future changes like this will be clearly communicated well ahead of time, that your voices will be heard and that your input will help guide the final implementation. We ALWAYS welcome your feedback and suggestions.


The Yahoo! Finance Message Boards were updated yesterday to support improvements in the way that user profiles can be used. In addition to new features, these updates are designed to help protect your identity, to give you more control and flexibility, and to prevent spam and abuse. For more information on Profiles please visit the Profiles blog.

We want to make it very clear that your privacy and user experience are extremely important. You can still post and reply to messages without publicly exposing your personal information. However, the process has changed a bit. This post provides a step-by-step tutorial. Most of these steps will only need to be completed once.

In order to post or reply to a message on the Yahoo! Finance Message Boards, you need to be signed in to a Yahoo! account.

You can choose to post your message using your primary name or a private alias. If you prefer to use a private alias, users on the message boards will only see your alias name and it will not link to your profile. This tutorial will show you how to create and use a private alias on the message boards. Of course, if you prefer, you can also simply change your full name and display name in your profile settings. Additional information on aliases.

1) Visit your Profile page: http://profiles.yahoo.com

From your profile page, select ‘View Account Info’ from the ‘Account Info’ tab.

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On the Account Info page, scroll down to the ‘Account Settings’ section and select ‘Manage your Yahoo! aliases’.

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On the ‘Manage your Yahoo! identities’ page, click ‘Add an alias’ then enter your desired alias name and click ‘Save’ to the right.

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You can control how people find you and how your aliases are displayed by then visiting the settings page: http://profiles.yahoo.com/settings/peoplesearch

Uncheck any aliases that you want to remain private then click save.

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Now, when you go post or reply to a message on the Yahoo! Finance Message Boards, you’ll see your identities listed in the ‘Identity’ dropdown box.

If you want to keep your identity private, be sure to use the alias that was unchecked in the previous settings page. Messages that are posted using a private alias will not display your name or profile information and will not link to your profile. Look forward to seeing your posts!

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

September 10th, 2009 4:28 UTC

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.


Add this Facebook Y! application to your profile

November 7th, 2008 4:57 UTC

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


Yahoo! Finance Goes Global

October 15th, 2008 3:35 UTC

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!


Introducing Ticker Tape on the Quotes Pages

September 11th, 2008 2:33 UTC

Posted by Yahoo Finance Team in New Features

We are excited to add a popular new feature to the top of all our quotes pages. Now you have faster and easier access to stocks you care most about.

Ticker tape on quote summary page

The new ticker tape, prominently placed, displays the most recent quotes you last looked at. This is the same useful functionality we offer on our front page. If you want more information on a stock, just click on the name it will take you directly to that quotes page. This saves you time by surfacing the basic price information on your current page as well as no longer making you type in the symbol for the stock you want more information on.

We also offer you the option to change your preferences. If you don’t like the scrolling, then turn it off. You can also change the speed.

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Lastly, if you want a more holistic view of the market, you can switch the display to market overview, which shows the major indices.

Ticker Tape

For the past few weeks, we have been in beta, listening to your feedback and improving the product. Now that we are in GA, we still want your input. Please let us know what you think


Getting the most out of the Interactive Chart

August 6th, 2008 1:29 UTC

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.


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

July 15th, 2008 11:24 UTC

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!


Comprehensive Coverage on Commodities Futures on Yahoo! Finance

July 2nd, 2008 4:30 UTC

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!