These are the most important things to check on a stock’s quote page before deciding whether to buy or sell

There’s a lot more investors can glean from a MarketWatch stock quote page than just the price and the change from the previous session. In fact, price may be one of the least useful research data available.

Of course, you may want to know what is driving a big change in the stock price. Type a company’s ticker symbol or name into the search field on MarketWatch.com to get the stock page (also called a ticker page) and look under the “overview” tab for reports from MarketWatch and other Dow Jones publication as well as company news releases and reports from some other contributors.