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There's a charting feature on globeinvestor.com that lets you compare several stocks on one chart. It's a quick way to evaluate the performance of similar securities and compare those securities against an index or an exchange traded fund.
In this video, Globe Investor columnist John Heinzl demonstrates how to use this charting tool.
To begin, type a ticker symbol in the search box on globeinvestor.com, go to the stock’s chart, and click view large chart on the bottom right of the chart. Choose a time period for your chart. Next, click the "compare" tool at the top left of the chart, and enter a second and third ticker symbol. In the drop-down menu to the right, select an index to be the benchmark.
Now, if we look at the chart, you can see that how the different stocks and indexes compare, as well as the actual percentage changes. The numbers change depending on where you put the cursor on the chart.
If you play around with the charting tool, you can compare how your own investments have done against each other and against various benchmarks.
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