Color me a sucker for Mac apps which do a little more than expected. True confession: We Mincey folk have some money in the stock market, so we like to watch the stocks even more than betting on ponies, and the market is on a Trump-inspired roll recently.
An easy way to keep an eye on your investments is with a simple Mac utility app which lives in the Menubar. Click to view various stock indices as well as your favorite stocks (whether you own them or not; which means you can play the market without losing money).
Click. Make. Money.
The world is made up of three kinds of investors. The professionals who let computers do the work. The professionals who hire someone else to do the work. And, the rest of us who simply invest and then check on the stock’s progress every now and then wonder why we just didn’t blow the same wad in Las Vegas.
For that group, Stock + Pro is a pretty good market tracking app that’s easily summoned by a click to the Menubar icon. A little eye candy is a good thing, and Stock + Pro displays wonderfully detailed charts with simple moving averages, exponential moving averages, volume, and coverage going back from one day to five years.
Take a look at what you get with a click.
Stock + Pro also displays customizable watch points for your stocks, monitors daily changes, and can issue notifications and sound alerts when a specific watch point is triggered. These alerts are crazy good and even send email if you’re away from your Mac.Setup watch lists and group stocks. The built-in inspector pane gives more details to a specific stock. Watch lists can be imported and exported; useful if you have more than one Mac.
One click lets you view the market and major indices, as well as stocks in your portfolio. Green means a stock has gone up, red indicates a stock whose price has gone down. One click can also expand a graph from one day to five years. Any single view pane can be collapsed or expanded for more details, and Stock + Pro has multiple chart themes for more iCandy.
Some interface customization is available, too, including width of the app window, light or dark text, horizontal or vertical scrolling, ticker symbol or full name. The new heat maps are a great way to view a stock’s historical data over time and to make stock comparisons or identify trends.
That’s the good news. Stock + Pro does not do live quotes and the user interface is spartan at best, and non-flexible at worst, making it a basic stock tracking tool for the casual investor that can also be useful for more experienced investors. It’s a Mac App Store app but the developer has a trial version.
The only thing missing would be a Stock + Pro for iPhone.