How to pick stocks using a stock screener

How to pick stocks you love using a stock screener

If you feel like picking stocks is quite daunting, you're not alone. A lot of investors find themselves overwhelmed with the amount of choice they have, and it's hardly surprising when we have over 1,500 stocks available on the Shares app.  

That's why we are thrilled to introduce our newest feature: the stock screener! Our stock screener is an amazing tool that allows you to filter through thousands of stocks on the Shares app using three main metrics:

💡A stock screener is an amazing tool that allows you to filter through thousands of stocks on the Shares app using three main metrics:
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  • 📈 Performance

  • 💼 Sector

  • 💰 Market cap

Let's dive into each of these metrics to learn more about how they can help you find the right stocks for your investment portfolio.


Performance stock screener

One of the most critical metrics when it comes to stocks is performance.

Our stock screener lets you search for stocks that have gone up or down a certain percentage in the last day, week, month or even year. This might benefit you because:

  • You can identify companies that are doing well in the current market conditions

  • You're able to track performance over time, instead of just looking at a snapshot price movement

  • It can also help you to avoid companies that are underperforming, which can be a good way to minimise risk in your portfolio

  • You can identify trends in high-performing stocks

💡 Now, it's not to say a stock that is up 20% is necessarily a good buy, or that a stock which has fallen 10% is a bad buy. These recent price movements could over/under value the stock's true value, but filtering by performance should help you identify trends when conducting your research.

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Performance stock screener

Our sector filter is another powerful metric that can help you find the right stocks for your investment strategy.

By selecting a particular industry or sector, such as technology, finance, energy, or healthcare, you can easily narrow down the stocks that match your investment goals.

Searching by sector may benefit you in the following ways:

  • You can learn more about the overall trends that are impacting companies within a particular industry

  • It makes assessing risk and return across different sectors more straightforward, as naturally, some industries are riskier than others

  • It's easier to compare different companies within the same industry when you search for stocks by sector

  • It helps you diversify your portfolio

Market Cap

Searching via market cap using the Shares stock screener

The market cap (short for market capitalisation) filter allows you to search for stocks based on their size.

You can choose between small, medium, or large-cap stocks, depending on your risk tolerance and investment strategy. Here are some ways of how market cap might feed into your strategy:

  • Searching for small-cap stocks ($2 billion market cap or lower) - these have potential for higher returns as they have more room to grow. They are considered riskier, as often, they aren't established in the market.

  • Searching for medium-cap stocks ($2 billion to $10 billion market cap) - these have less room to grow, but have established themselves into the market

  • Searching for large-cap stocks (a $10 billion or higher market cap) - these often make for a more stable investment, as typically, they're market leaders. Of course, their room to grow is much smaller.

  • Filtering by market cap can help you focus your search on companies that are already established and have a proven track record

  • It can also help you to avoid companies that may be more risky or speculative, as smaller companies with lower market caps may be more volatile

💡 Remember, the stock screener is there to support your research, not replace it

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Want to check out the stock screener in action? Download the Shares app and give it a go!

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Meet the authors

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James Ashoo

Senior Content Writer

James has been investing for over five years. His aim is to explain the hard stuff, easily! When he's not chewing your ear off about stocks and crypto, he'll most likely be telling bad jokes.

Harjas Singh

Harjas Singh

Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder

With a wealth of experience in fintech, Harjas is the man in the know when it comes to all things product. Investing features, chatting capabilities and thriving communities – he oversees all development on the Shares app!

Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison

Finance Writer

Harry is an experienced business writer, with a love for all things tech. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing sport and winning at chess. He also loves posting inside the Shares app!