Global Markets Info
For those of you who do not have access to live, minute to minute quotes, I found a free website the " World Market Index " that provides global pricing info on countries and indicii, currencies, commodities ... all on one page, with links to additional info:
For many purposes such as investing in a particular stock, it helps to know before you spend your hard earned money - how the industry is doing. how the sector is doing, how the market is doing and how the global markes are doing. I have personally observed, over the years, that if the foreign markets had a bad day, then we had a bad open and morning ..usually but not always, ending in a bad day for the USA markets at the close.
I have found it very profitable to let a bad "market" open take the prices of the stock(s) I'm interested down, often lower, than what I would have bought them otherwise.
If on the above site, 3rd panel down, you click on WTI Crude Futr ( West Texas Intermediate is the crude pipeline to, and stored at, Cushing, OK ) that take you to " Barchart.com "
You'll be able to see the different prices for crude futures by Month and Year ( so "CLZ17 is crude futures for December 2017 ( 73.94 +1.34 ) vs the cash ( CLY00 40.32 -0.46) and the March futures (CLH09 40.32 -0.46). Looking at the futures further out will give you a good idea where the energy stocks, tied to the price of crude, will be going ... You'll also have a pretty good idea as to whether you should fill your gas tank and home heating oil tanks now ... or wait. From a scan of the prices, energy stocks tied to crude are going UP, and I don't think you should wait to fill your tank(s). Hope this is helpful! :)