Beyond the extensive screening capabilities, informative heat maps, forex and futures support, and customization of layout, charts, and screens, Finviz lists transactions made by insiders, a social community feed, and the latest news for each stock. In this Finviz review, we’ll focus on the stock screening power.
When you compare the functionality provided to the price charged, the value is compelling. If it weren’t for the intimidating interface that new users experience in getting familiar with the software, Finviz would be perfect.
For a longer elaboration of Finviz value, review the pros and cons below.
Finviz review – PROs
- it’s almost free. You probably won’t need the paid version, especially if you’re starting out since the free Finviz features are great.
- powerful screener. For technical analysis, input almost any piece of criteria and receive all stocks that pass the filters. Market cap, average volume, sector, price, exchange, float short, return on equity, shares outstanding, average true range, beta, etc. The list of Finviz screener settings goes on and on.
- informative heat maps. A great way of allowing for quick consumption of large amounts of market data and the market maps can be customized quickly.
- information spread. Finviz offers condensed and understandable information on stocks, ETFs, futures, markets, sectors, industries or countries. It includes fundamental and technical data, heat maps and insider trading feeds as well as relevant news.
- saving of frequent screens or watchlists. Therefore, each registered or premium member can easily save screens and watchlists. It is possible to create alerts for fresh news, price moves, rating changes, and insider trades.
Finviz review – CONs
- ads. The free accounts come with a few common problems and besides regular image ads it also includes video ads. Most of all, the free version of Finviz displays video ads which can be a little annoying.
- overwhelming for beginners. The first experience with Finviz is intimidating because so much data is presented. It makes it difficult to know where to begin.
- user experience. If you know what you’re looking for you can find it easily but if you are going through your first screens, the Finviz user experience won’t provide much instruction to figure out where to start.
- inability to stack filters together. While you can customize the ranges for a majority of the criteria, you can’t select more than a single range per filter.
- no OTCs support. Finviz doesn’t support viewing or tracking data about OTC stocks. The same applies to international stocks, which the Finviz screener doesn’t support.
- no Finviz mobile app available. Furthermore, the site is somewhat difficult to access and browse on smaller-sized screens. The Finviz mobile experience is not functioning very well.
If you’d like to see what the paid version of Finviz is capable of, check our post on Finviz Elite.
To help you understand how you can find new stocks with the screener at Finviz, watch this video on finding quality growth stocks.