Must See Stock Market Maps
A stock market map provides a dynamic, colorful way to view the performance of stocks, asset classes, sectors, or an entire country’s stock market relative to its peers. Market maps aren't just for active traders. They can give the average investor a visual way to see why diversification matters by seeing how some years (or days or months) certain asset classes are up while others are down.
The five market maps listed below are super cool. You've got to see them to appreciate the way they display their data. It makes research fun.
This is one of the coolest market maps we have seen. It shows each stock in the S&P 500 in a bubble format. When you hover over a bubble you get an additional pop up chart showing that stock. You can narrow what you view by market cap, sector, industry and volume. If you click on the "map" version instead of the bubbles you can also see a worldview which shows each country's market performance. Love this site. Be sure to take a look at the creative ways Finviz views data.
Want to view your favorite stocks or mutual funds? Or just the winners (shown in green) or losers (shown in red)? Capital One's online Heat Map offers plenty of options. You can choose from their pre-set maps or create your own. Our favorite is the one shown: their "high rated, low expense" mutual fund map. You can find it under the drop-down menu titled "Popular Maps". They have a similar pre-set map for ETFs, as well as a growth fund, value fund, and asset allocation fund map.
This is a lot of information on one small map. With MarketCarpet, one section shows each sector of the market; there is also a section for countries and individual stocks. You can change the time frame using the slide bar at the bottom. When you click on a square the smaller graph in the top right updates instantly. It's not as fun as some of the other maps, but it contains a lot of information that might be useful for active traders vs. average investors.
Morningstar's Market Barometer
Morningstar's Market Barometer is the simplest of the five maps. It lets you easily see how nine asset classes such as growth, core, value, large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap have performed in relation to each other. It's updated each day at market close, but you can also see a mini-map of the asset class performance over the past week, month and past three years as well as for the day. It's a great tool to illustrate that "the market" is not one cohesive thing that moves in the same direction.