How to Get Stock News Alerts

Thu Jun 4, 2020, 01:26 pm | by Delaney | No comments

Stock news alerts are a great way to level up your trading game. They can help make your trading strategy easier, filter out the noise, and help part-time and on-the-go traders. This blog will breakdown why you should enable alerts, the types of alerts, and the alerts available in Benzinga Pro.

Why Get Stock News Alerts

There are many reasons to enable stock news alerts. First, they alert you to the news you need to know, based on the filters you select. If you’re on the go or work a full-time job outside of trading, stock news alerts will alert you to the news if you can’t keep your eyes on your screen all day long. 

Additionally, if you have limited screens, multiple tabs or workspaces, stock news alerts help you filter out the noise. 

Or, if you’re someone who likes to limit their filters, stock news alerts can help you get alerted to the news you care about most, while still allowing you to see everything coming through your Newsfeed. 

Types of Stock News Alerts 

Audio Alerts 

Audio alerts are just that, audible alerts. Whether they come in the form of a sound, synthesized voice, or even an audio squawk, they provide an audible alert per the filters you selected. This is one of the faster types of alerts. 

Email Alerts 

Email alerts are as the name suggests, alerts sent to your inbox. Depending on the alert system, these can be a slower form of an alert, as it has to go through an email processor. Additionally, if you don’t have push or desktop notifications setup, you might not see the email alert right away. However, if you don’t need to know the news right away, or just want to see a summary of news at the end of the day, email alerts can be a beneficial alert to set up. 

Desktop Alerts

Desktop alerts send a visual notification to the top or bottom of your screen, depending on if you are using Mac or PC. These alerts can be faster than email alerts, but if you step away from your computer, you may miss the alert. A benefit of this type of alert is that you can usually click on the notification to get more information, news and data on the stock/news item. 

How to Get Stock News Alerts in Benzinga Pro 

The types of alerts available in Benzinga Pro include:

  • General news category alerts
  • Newsfeed
  • Signals
  • Squawk

General News Category Alerts 

If you are looking to get news alerts on different categories, you can set up sound and email alerts. Here’s how: 

  • Click the bell icon in the top right of the screen 
  • Go through the categories, selecting sound and/or email alerts for the categories you would like to be notified about. 
Category alerts in Benzinga Pro
Screenshot of a few of the category news alerts in Benzinga Pro. There are over 25 categories to choose from.

Newsfeed

Once you have your Newsfeed set up with as many (or as few) filters as you would like, you can enable desktop notifications by pressing the “Desktop Notifications” button at the top of the tool. When enabled, you will receive desktop notifications at the bottom or top of your screen, depending on if your laptop is a Mac or PC. 

typical desktop notification in Benzinga Pro

Signals 

Signals offer three types of alerts: sound, desktop, and synthesized voice. Here’s how to set it up: 

  • Set up your Signals tool—choose all Signals and filters you would like. These can be changed at a later time, too. 
  • At the top, click on the notifications tab 
  • Choose your notification type—you can choose as many or as little as you’d like. 

From there, you will receive the type of notification you selected. 

Signals tool in Benzinga Pro

Squawk

Squawk isn’t your usual stock news alert system. It’s an audio broadcast of key market-moving news. Benzinga Pro’s audio squawk broadcasts from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. eastern time. To set it up, hover over the Squawk icon on the left side of the screen. From there, all you have to do is it the play button. It’s important to note, that there will be silent periods, as this does not go off every minute—it only broadcasts key news. 

You can try out Benzinga Pro’s stock news alerts with a free, two-week trial when you click here (no credit card required!).

Final Thoughts 

Stock news alerts are a helpful tool to have—they filter out the noise, help you out when you have many tabs/screens, and can help you out if you can’t be glued to your computer all day. They also come in convenient forms, such as desktop, audio and email.

Benzinga Pro’s specialty is news, and you can get customizable stock news alerts when you start your free trial.

Disclaimer: Benzinga is a news organization and does not provide financial advice and does not issue stock recommendations or offers to buy stock or sell any security. Benzinga Pro is for informational purposes and should not be viewed as recommendations. Benzinga Pro will never tell you whether to buy or sell a stock. It will only inform your trading decisions. You can find our full disclaimer located here.