Use MarketWatch and its affiliate, BigCharts, to research specific funds and view the latest economic headlines to assist with an investment planning strategy, notes the official website of each organization. Each service provides daily updates on stock performance and features a market section to perform a financial analysis.
The BigCharts home page contains information about recent news headlines in addition to charts of some of the major market indexes. Type in the ticker symbol of any company to view a basic chart of that stock's performance, and then compare it against a larger major market index to determine if it is an investment option. The BigCharts website offers the ability to view a basic chart, advanced chart or interactive chart. Utilize the stock screener section to view a listing of securities by largest percentage gain, most active or 52-week high. From there, view the latest headlines associated with that specific stock to determine if it is a worthy investment option.
Major stock market indexes include the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq, notes the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Current price and daily percentage changes are available through the BigCharts website. These indexes track the performance of a basket of stocks and represent a particular market or sector of the U.S. economy.