Why would I want to pay for a real-time data plan when you offer free real-time charts?
While our free BATS real-time charts can be quite useful for newcomers or casual chart watchers, they have several important restrictions that might make our real-time data plans more suited for your needs:
Most US stock orders are executed on the NYSE or Nasdaq exchanges. Only our real-time data plan shows the “official” data for those exchanges.
There is no reliable volume information associated with our free US real-time data bars.
Free real-time charts are only available for popular US stocks. We do not have free real-time data for thinly-traded US stocks or for non-US markets.
If these limitations prevent you from getting what you need out of BATS real-time charting, we highly recommend considering a subscription to at least one of our official real-time data plans.