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Tim Weber | 11:25 UK time, Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Screengrab of BBC Market Data page

 

There is hardly a piece of news that is more perishable than data from financial markets, and market data are an essential element for understanding today's business and economics news.

The BBC has met this information need for decades: first on Ceefax and since the late 1990s online and on digital text.

But when you are on the move, using our market data service has been awkward at best. The website was simply not built to work well on the small screens of mobile devices.

I'm very pleased to say that we have now launched our market data pages optimised for mobile phones. Whether you look at them on a small phone or the big screen of a modern smartphone, the pages will change to suit your device.

Bookmark this link on your mobile.

There you will find the top market indexes, the winners and losers, and all other share prices from London, Frankfurt, Paris and Wall Street. We also have the prices of key commodities like oil, gold and silver, and exchange rates for pound sterling, euro and US dollar against more than 20 currencies.

You do not have to register on the site and the service is free, although - depending on your mobile phone contract - you may have to pay call or internet connection charges.


Tim Weber is business and technlogy editor of the BBC News website

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  • Comment number 1.

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  • Comment number 2.

    Financial Data?

    If anyone is seriously interested in Financial Data they get a data-feed and have trading accounts. For the rest of us daily or twice daily valuation of our personal portfolio is good enough just to keep up-to-date. I'm personally quite cautious about having any personal financial data or access to such data on any device I might leave somewhere or have stolen.

    So it seems to me that only the passingly curious will use your service.

    For info: what I use is a small web page grabber service and some data extraction/database update software that runs periodically on my home server to keep my price and currency database data up-to-date combined with a simple spreadsheet to value my multi-currency portfolios - none of the software used is commercially available and is all bespoke. I don't use the Beebs data as it does not cover all my holdings and markets.

    Serious people use financial share and options trading software - on the New York market - but I have neither the time, nor the inclination to gamble.

    Your App (I have the word) is just for the terminally curious - might pass the time on the train (or tube when and if the phone works) but as it is almost impossible to take action on the information when out in public I suspect that a better application would be a small suite of data software for home PCs. Mobile apps may be all the rage but like the hula hoop may not last - serious people do serious things after thought and consideration and your app does not fit into that condition.

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  • Comment number 5.

    Looks nice and unfussy.

    What would make this useful would be the ability to remember a handful of ticker symbols or indices and automatically display them when the user visits the bookmarked page, similar to Reuters watchlists or the Nasdaq Infoquotes pages. You could probably do this with cookies.

    What would make it really useful would be the ability to click on a chart and get taken to recent news about the stock/index/commodity. Most of the existing solutions from other providers seem to have navigation for this that gets rather clunky on mobile devices.

 

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