We Mincey men have our share of personal vices. Along with southern styled eats and drink, we engage in slightly more than our fair share of poker, and partake of that snake pit of avarice and evil known as the stock market.
We Mincey’s don’t play the ponies but we play the market and I’m not sure one is actually better or worse than the other. For Mac users who want more than a TV news headline on the market’s performance, there’s a free Mac app for that.
Get What You Pay For
Stock + is an elegant app that lives in either the Menubar or the Dock. Think of it as a digital stock ticker complete with visual eye candy and customization.
Customization? Stock + gives you plenty of visual options in addition to stock market data. Use it in the Menubar or on the Desktop.
Because it’s a ticker-like app, you get controls to adjust the width, speed, and color of the ticker, and view stock prices in horizontal or vertical scrolling.
There’s also an option to display a stock’s symbol as a full company name (which is easier if you track a lot of stocks but can’t remember a ticker symbol from a math equation.
Stock + displays stock prices and change in the ticker scroll, including quotes for stocks, indexes, mutual funds, and commodities.
And, it’s pretty.
It doesn’t take but a few clicks to have Stock + display comparative charts over a period of time, from a day to five years.
My view of using Stock + is pretty straightforward.
It’s a viewing app, not a digital broker. It’s good for research, and monitoring trends, but short on technical analysis (as if that actually means anything these days; Apple’s P/E, I’m looking at you).
That means you won’t be able to use Stock + to act quickly to buy or sell a stock. That’s all you get for free. A view to the market that’s not quite real time.
That said, this nifty free app looks good and performs well, but all it does is display the latest prices and indexes. You get what you pay for.