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Now let's look at the Stocks App, and like the name implies this app keeps track of stocks. Stocks tracks a couple of default stocks when you open it, including Apple, Google, and Yahoo. Here you can see the current share price and how much the price has gone up or down that day. A green box indicates the price went up, and a red box indicates the price went down. Tap a stock to display its info at the bottom of the screen. Here you will find info like the open and close prices, the 52-week highs and lows, and the average volume.
You can flick over to see a graph of the stock's performance. The buttons above the graph let you adjust the time scale. So for instance, you can see how the stock has performed over the past year, the past six months, the past week, and so on. If you flip your iPhone or iPod touch into landscape mode, the graph fills out your entire screen. Here in landscape you can flick through to see the graphs for each of the stocks you are following. The landscape graph also gives you a larger time scale, for instance I could see how stock has performed for the past two years.
Tapping and holding on this graph will show you that stock's price on a specific day. And placing a second finger on the graph shows the difference in price for those two days you have selected. If you switch back to portrait orientation, flicking again shows you another page with links to various news stories, if any, on the company whose stock you are following.
Now of course you probably want to edit the stocks being tracked unless by some coincidence these are the exact stocks you have an interest in. To change the stocks being followed, or to add that hot new stock you just bought, click the "i" button in the lower right-hand corner. Now if you want to delete a stock just hit the red Delete icon and then tap the Delete button. To add a stock, press the Plus button then type in either the company, market, or index name or, if you know it, the symbol and hit Search.
So for instance, maybe I just bought some of SanDisk, so I'll type SanDisk. Once you find your stock, select it and it will be added to the list. You can use the handles to change the position in the list if you like. Also on this list screen, you can choose the information you want displayed on the main stock page. You can choose the percent change in the stock, the current price, or the Mkt Cap.
I'll leave Price selected. Once you have your stocks and info set, tap Done. And now on the stock page you can keep track of all of your stocks. If you find you need even more stock information, you can tap the Y symbol in the bottom left-hand corner to open the Yahoo finance page in Safari. And that's how you work with the Stocks App in iOS 6.
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