At the top of the Stockopedia web site you’ll find a search box which can be used in a variety of ways to find what you are looking for.
When you type a phrase into the search box in the menu bar, you’ll see a list of relevant search terms in a dropdown menu. The search phrase you entered (in this case “Vod”) is highlighted in bold for each entry in the list, allowing for quick scanning.
Each item in the list is formatted with several key pieces of information:
- The ticker symbol (on the left)
- The instrument name (in the middle)
- The exchange flag icon (on the right)
The flag represents the national country flag of the stock exchange where the security trades. If the instrument is not a standard common share (equity) then you’ll see the instrument type in brackets after the name. Here you can see the FTSE 100 as an index instrument (index).
You can use your up and down keys on your keyboard to select an entry from the list and click enter, or just click the row with your mouse. You’ll be directed immediately to the relevant StockReport or page.
By default we order the results based on the search term used. If there is any confusion (for example if any search items have the same ticker symbol) we’ll list the instrument that’s in your home nation first. You can set your home nation in your site settings.
If you enter the exact ticker symbol or name of a stock or index we’ll redirect you immediately to the relevant page without having to wait. This is very useful for those who know their ticker symbols. Try searching for
Apple Inc and hitting enter.
You can always over-ride the quick ticker redirection by encasing your search term in double quotes … e.g.
If we can’t find what you are looking for or you’ve used double quotes, we’ll send you to the detailed search results page which is up next.
If we can’t redirect you to the right page you’ll end up at the detailed search results page. This allows much more fine grained searching.
The default view lists the best searches across all areas of the site, but in the sidebar you’ll find a range of categories within which you can focus your search. These should be self explanatory but include:
- Different types of instrument (stocks, indices, ETFs etc).
- Glossary and Help articles.
- Blogs, comments and news.
By clicking into these sections you can narrow your search considerably.
You can enforce a full text search by wrapping a phrase in double quotes… e.g. “my search phrase here”. If you still can’t find what you are looking for, you can always use our Advanced Search Options. We make various operators available as follows:
- Match exact phrases with quote marks: e.g "Royal Dutch Shell”
- AND operator: e.g. Shell & BP
- OR operator: e.g. Shell | BP
- NOT operator: e.g. Shell -BP
- Use Brackets to group keywords: e.g. (Royal Dutch Shell)