Using the stock screener
In a nutshell
- Use the stock screener to search for stocks that meet a rich set of criteria (e.g. with a market cap between 0 and $100M and a 52-week price change between -70 and -40%).
- Access the stock screener by clicking Stock screener, in the left navigation column. Each time you visit the screener, the default screening criteria will appear at the top of the page.
- Use the default screening criteria, or learn how to specify your own.
- Once you've got your results, save any screen by bookmarking the URL in your browser's address bar.
Google Finance's stock screener allows you to search for stocks (currently US stocks only) by specifying a much richer set of criteria than a text search allows. For instance, if you wanted to look for bargain small-cap stocks, you could perform a search for stocks with a Market cap between 0 and $100M and a 52-week price change between -70 and -40%.
You can screen stocks using these default criteria or specify your own criteria. Once you've selected your desired criteria, provide upper and lower limits for each criterion. The list of results update as you refine your search. Click any result to go to the Google Finance summary page for that company.
Find Similar Stocks
From any company page there is a link to ‘Find similar stocks’. This feature will go to the stock screener page where stocks of similar characteristics can be viewed. The similarities are based on a number of criteria and the stock screener will have the values pre-set. Criterion can be adjusted and the search can be refined accordingly.
Example: Clicking the ‘Find similar stocks’ from Apple’s company page will display the stock screener with the P/E Ratio and Return on Equity set to a min and max for figures that give an actual representation for that of Apple’s ratios.
- Click Add criteria to expand the list of available criteria.
- The left side is a list of categories. Choose a category and then the particular criterion you'd like to add.
- Click Add criteria to confirm your selection.
You can remove a criterion by clicking the 'X' that appears to the right of it.
Note: Each time you return to or refresh the stock screener, it reverts to the default criteria.
The default 'Min' and 'Max' values for any criterion correspond to the minimum and maximum values possible, given the stocks you can screen. You can adjust a parameter in two ways:
- Enter a new value in the 'Min' or 'Max' text boxes.
- Drag the slider between the text boxes to choose a value.
The results of your screen updates automatically as you use the slider to adjust the values of your criteria. If you enter a value in the text box, press Enter or Tab on your keyboard to update the results.The blue bar graphs behind the sliders represent the relative frequency of stocks for that criterion, depending on your minimum and maximum values. The graph is meant to aid you in your selection, but please keep in mind that the graph is a visual aid, not an analytic tool. Its scale isn't constant (neither within nor across the criteria), and it reflects relative, not absolute, values.
The columns in the results section display company names of the stocks you're screening, their ticker symbols, and values for the criteria you've selected. By default, the results are sorted alphabetically by company name, but you can sort by any category listed by clicking that category's column header. Click the column header a second time to sort that category in the opposite order.
You can also refine your results using the sector and exchange drop-down menus on the right side, just above the results.