The 5 Best Stock Apps for Android
Whether you check your portfolio once a day or once a year, you need a stock app that keeps you up-to-date on the latest market activity. Although Google dropped its Google Finance app in 2015, third-party app developers fill the void with stock market app alternatives that offer a variety of features for the casual investor or the diligent trader. Expect to see stock tickers, investment news, and powerful tools for analysis with these picks.
JStock for Android offers stock market news, portfolio management, dividend management, watchlists, and charting.
JStock supports 28 world markets with individual stock history charts that go back 10 years. Stock charts show gains or losses and current bid prices, and there's also a home widget to help you stay on top of your stocks. You can set stock price alerts and see a summary of your portfolio.
You will see some ads in the news feed in the free version, which are removed when you pay the $7.99 upgrade fee.
Other features include:
- Cloud storage integration with the open-source JStock desktop software for Windows, Mac, and Linux
- Dividend chart, portfolio summary chart, and zoomable history chart
- Unlimited watchlists, portfolios, and stock news
- Notes feature lets you capture your investing thoughts and ideas
- Background stock alerts
There is a 14-day free trial for the premium version.
Cost: Free / $7.99
Investing.com's powerful app is one of the top-rated apps for traders and investors on Android. It offers real-time data for more than 100,000 financial instruments including stocks, bonds, commodities, currencies, futures, options, and global indices.
You can monitor your customized watchlist or personal holdings portfolio and receive instant alerts for price changes by percent or volume.
Other features traders love to include:
- Trend forecasting
- Global breaking news
- Currency converter
- Investing.com account syncing
The interface is clean, the app is free (there are ads), and the economic calendar option is incredibly useful to stay ahead of macro events and earnings reports.
TD Ameritrade, a major U.S. brokerage, created thinkorswim as a powerful platform for analyzing trade strategies and techniques. It's available in both desktop and mobile versions, and you can sync your devices so your customized charts go with you. Thinkorswim also lets you practice your trading strategies using a feature called paperMoney.
Tickers are easy to read and traders who play options will love the ease of placing and tracking orders. You need to register for the app, and it will only become available when linked to a TD Ameritrade account, but the software is powerful once you log in.
Cost: Free, but you must sign up for a TD Ameritrade account
Stock Quote gives you a good overall look at the Dow Industrial Average, NASDAQ and S&P 500, and you can add other U.S. and international indices to track. The app serves up financial news from a variety of sources and includes both economic and earnings calendars. Enter a stock symbol to get real-time quotes both when the market is open and during pre-market and after-hours trading sessions. The app also tracks futures and currencies.
Track individual stocks by adding them to the portfolio, and turn on auto-refresh to watch near real-time fluctuations in price and volume. Stock charts have a lot of options, like comparisons to other stocks or indices, as well as technical indicators such as relative strength index (RSI) or moving average convergence/divergence (MACD).
You can set up a password to protect your portfolio information. You may also sync with a Google Drive or Dropbox account to back up your data.
My Stocks Portfolio
This feature-rich app offers real-time quotes and unlimited portfolios, as well as detailed charts and news. Interactive full-screen charts let you pinch and zoom to get detailed information, and you can set price alerts, manage your portfolios, and see changes over time. Tap a stock symbol to get news in addition to the latest prices and other data.
Sync portfolios across devices and back up your data to Google Drive or email. You can also set a password lock to protect your information.
Traders love the widget on this app, and you can remove the ads by paying the upgrade fee.
Cost: Free / $3.99