"Wikinvest is launching new, data-rich features on its user-contributed finance site Thursday that it hopes will challenge the big players in the online financial space. Its changes include embeddable charts and far more information on companies’ operating metrics. A page on Southwest Airlines, for example, provides its fuel cost per gallon, fleet size and average fare, while Apple’s includes data on iPhone, iPod and Mac sales as well as research and development costs per quarter."
"Wikinvest, which recently licensed some content to the Web sites of USA Today and Forbes, seeks to be an alternative to Web portals that are little more than “a data dump” of income statements and government filings...Users annotate stock charts with notes explaining peaks and valleys, edit company profiles and opine about whether to buy or sell. The site is creating a wire service with articles from finance blogs and building a cheat sheet to guide readers through financial filings by defining terms and comparing a company’s performance to competitors’."
"The design is excellent, as is the ease of use. There are already quite comprehensive entries on a number of topics, including subprime lending and Rock Bank vs. Guitar Hero. This latter entry provides a compelling example of the attractiveness of alternative research sites like Wikinvest - FT Alphaville hasn't seen any broker notes recently that highlight the companies benefiting from the success of these titles..."
"Wikinvest is a classic example. Like other Wiki sites, this one, launched last October by two former Harvard roommates, is set up to allow users to create content and edit existing entries. The sense of an enduring single document, as opposed to the posts on sites such as Yahoo Finance that disappear off the page as more recent posts accumulate, encourages contributors to put more thought and care into the content they post, say founders Parker Conrad and Mike Sha."
"The site is constantly updated with new user information and new stock quotes, so it should prove an incredibly useful tool for those of us not strong enough to weather a Jim Cramer rant daily. My favorite part of the site is a section called Concepts, where users can list a company or product (for example, the iPhone) that may affect the future of other companies."
"Wikinvest adds information you need to understand a company's business and future prospects."
"...promising to be a constantly updated resource that reflects more than just a single expert's opinion of a certain company..."
"OR YOU CAN JOIN San Francisco's Wikinvest (www.wikinvest.com), founded in 2006 by a couple of (what else?) Harvard roommates with the goal of creating the world's largest investment research wiki. A wiki is a repository of community-generated information; the best-known example, of course, is the online encyclopedia Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.com), which has spawned its own language and social mores."
"IS WIKINVEST (www.wikinvest.com) just another Web hangout where the investing crowd tries to wise up? Maybe. But Wikinvest does it differently than most bottom-up social media and blogging communities. The differences are subtle, so you really have to check it out to appreciate them fully."
"Not only can you browse stocks by company, but you can also search the site by investing concept. For example, there is information about subprime lending, aging baby boomers, carbon trading and many other subjects. Active contributors are highlighted on the site, so you may find yourself tracking posts made by particular individuals who share the same investing philosophy as you."
"Finance sites like Yahoo Finance and Google Finance haven’t changed much in the past ten years. The fonts are different. Maybe there’s some more real-time quotes and fancier, interactive charts. But at their core they all follow pretty much the same formula: dump as much data on the individual investor as they can and let them figure it out. Wikinvest, which started out as a crowd-sourced investing site, is trying to change all of that with a complete redesign that is being turned on tonight for members who log in."Read more
"San Francisco startup Wikinvest is making inroads as a stock data provider for media Websites. Its embeddable, annotatable charts now grace the stock pages of USAToday. Beginning next week, they will also power the stock charts on Forbes.com, replacing its current stock data provider, INVESTools. (On USAToday, the Wikinvest charts are supplementing the main charts)." Read more
"Financial bloggers are going to like this one. Wikinvest is getting ready to release a Livequotes plugin that automatically adds a stock quote every time a publicly traded company is mentioned in a post. It auto-detects company names and adds the ticker symbol, price, and the percent change in parentheses after the name, with links to the Wikinvest page for that stock. It also can add links for financial terms and definitions such as “PEG ratio” or “price to book.” Read more
"The current market gyrations have investors running everywhere seeking advice. What better time to launch a newswire culled from the latest posts of financial bloggers? That’s the idea behind Wikinvest Wire, which has just been launched by the user-edited investment site Wikinvest. Except that it is not really a newswire in the traditional sense. It is more like a contextual recommendation system for the blogs invited to participate." Read more
"But starting today you can get interactive, embeddable WikiCharts like the one below from Wikinvest. Hold the mouse down over the chart and you can pan it from left to right. Hover over the line and you will get date, price, and volume, information." Read more
"By the end of next week, Wikinvest is planning on introducing a new feature to help investors dig deeper...Each industry has its own unique set of comparable metrics by which analysts and professional investors gauge the health and productivity of the companies in that industry. For airlines, it might be fuel costs, revenue per available seat-mile, cost per available seat-mile, and load factors (what percentage of seats are sold per flight)." Read more
"Wikinvest does a good job of providing business focused company profiles, which include market information and product histories...They also have a very novel feature, WikiCharts, which let users explain trends across real-time share price graphs through embedded comments." Read more
"It can be difficult to find all of a company’s financial data in one place on the web. Sites such as Google Finance and Yahoo! Finance are good in a pinch, but can take awhile to sift through. San Francisco, Calif.-based Wikinvest is introducing a series of new features to its site today aimed at making searching for financial information more efficient."
"Wikinvest, the stock research wiki, today announced the launch of Wikidata, bringing a new depth of investing insight, for free, to the general public. Wikidata applies the same principles behind Wikinvest -- making quality investment information available to everyone -- to financial data previously available only through expensive subscriptions or in dense regulatory filings. "
"Wikinvest, the wiki for investors, today announced the availability of its free, collaborative resource for investment research. Wikinvest brings a broad spectrum of practical information about companies, trends, and issues to a Web 2.0 world. Unlike conventional finance portals that display the same financial statistics, Wikinvest explains the deeper story behind an investment, giving investors the context needed to understand what they are betting on when purchasing a particular stock, or investing in a specific sector."