At first glance google’s new financial portal looks like another catch-up attempt to offer an alternative to a Yahoo! service. However, once you get past the simple front page, the individual stock pages are quite impressive.
Using a mix of Flash and AJAX, Google finance mixes the stock charts with their news service, allowing users to view access news articles and press releases directly from the stock graphs. The Flash interface also gives makes it very easy to select a time window to examine.
Company and management information are also presented as well as a summary of blog posts related to the company and timeframe. Unfortunatly, it seems that they only have hourly from the 14th of this march. Other than that it certainly ranks up there with Fool.com and Yahoo Finance as a great financial reference source. Interestingly Google hasn’t updated their stock search to include Google Finance.