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E*Trade Mobile Pro Android app lets you carry Wall Street in your pocket

by Ian Black

The stock market can be rather volatile. You never know when your fortunes will turn. Probably best for you to carry your portfolio with you on your Android. For all the latest financial and stock info, E*Trade Mobile Pro delivers.

The app does a great job of presenting useful information, simply and quickly. Search on any stock symbol, for example, and you're presented with a chart of that stock's price over time. One tap lets you adjust the view to a day, week, month, year or other time period. Switch to a table for tracking the ranges over a day, 52 week high and low, Market Cap and other financial stats. The app tracks your most recent requests, and keeps them in a table on the home screen for later review.

At the top of the home screen, you'll find the usual suspects of Wall Street — the Dow, NASDAQ, S&P 500 and 10 Year Note. Dive into these for details, or tap the "Briefing" link for a text description of the latest happenings in the financial markets.

Need more? With an E*Trade account, you get the full package, which includes customizing your own stock portfolio, watch lists, alerts and the ability to make trades and then track their status, right from your phone.

It's truly amazing how far things have come. A few years back, mobile trading required expensive and dedicated gear. Now, you can get it from a free app download.

If you have an E*Trade account, downloading this app is a no-brainer. If not, you'll still find value here, and it might convince you to sign up for the E*Trade service. I'm sure that's what E*Trade intended.