Stock Scanners and Screeners

Stock scanners and screeners are designed for day traders and swing traders to take advantage of many different types of trading opportunities. They have the ability to scan and screen thousands of stocks in real time and list them according to your criteria.

Basically, there are a few different types of stock screeners for day traders to use.

Some stock scanners give you an extensive list of predefined technical scans or candlestick patterns scans such as:

  • New 52 Week Highs
  • Gap Ups
  • Bullish MACD Crossovers
  • Morning Star
  • Hammer

Other scanners come with preconfigured strategies that can be highly customized by changing the program's variables. In addition to customizing, you may add any of a number of filters (i.e. price, volume, today's range, etc.) you wish to funnel down the amount of stocks you receive from a particular scan. None of this requires any programming knowledge and this type of software tends to be very user friendly and intuitive.

One benefit of server-side scanners is they don't tie up much of your computer's resources. All screening, and crunching of real time tick data is performed on thousands of stocks on their computers not yours.

Another type of stock scanner requires you to write custom scans using the software's programming language. This requires a learning curve that can take months, but the trade-off is that you can create custom stock scans that you might not be able to re-create using the above type of scanners.

Be aware that in the realm of screening stocks, that some software, although using the term 'real-time', might actually be giving results that are slightly delayed by several seconds or more. Because of the huge amount of data involved, scanning systems are working with datasets that are a bit older than 'real-time'. This may not affect your strategies in the least, but you should inquire directly with the vendor to find out if their data is delayed and by how much.

Below is a list of fee-based stock scanners. One of which should be able to fill your requirements for finding stocks meeting your detailed criteria.

If you need a stock screener that screens for fundamentals such as Earning Per Share (EPS) or you'd like to screen for Relative Strength (RS), try my stock analysis software page.

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