The Richmond Times-Dispatch has updated, improved and added features to its Money & Markets stock page.

At the top of the page is an analytical look at the markets. It starts with an overview of what to expect, based on the previous day’s trading and short-term market trends. It also discusses economic reports; expected corporate news, such as earnings; and other events that could affect the markets that day.

In the center of the page is a story-and-graphics module that could describe market trends or explore a broad investor theme of interest. It may include price performance, financial statements and other key ratios.

The stock performances of the Richmond area’s biggest companies also have been expanded and now include the 52-week range, the dollar and percentage change for the day, the year-to-date percentage change, the price-earnings ratio and the dividend.

We also added two stocks to the Richmond list: Henrico County-based Synalloy Corp. and Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc., which is based in Toano but is moving its headquarters to Henrico this year.

At the bottom of the page is the Story Stocks section, which identifies companies that made news the previous day. Each one has one to two sentences that explain the news. The graphics and data help put the news in context by assessing the stock’s performance in a three-month chart, by showing where the price falls within the 52-week range, and by providing volume and market capitalization data.

We list the stocks of 220 companies on Standard & Poor’s 500 index based on market capitalization. The list excludes foreign stocks and excludes companies on the S&P 500 or Dow Jones indexes if those shares are found on one of the newspaper’s other stock lists.

The graphic showing a snapshot of the daily market performance remains at the top of the page. It has some additional data points, including 10-year Treasury notes, gold prices and what the euro is trading at.

In the spirit of full disclosure, some stocks or features have been eliminated. Foreign and over-the-counter stocks are not available from our vendor. The data are compiled by The Associated Press.

For instance, Chesterfield County-based pharmaceutical firm Indivior PLC, which trades on the London Stock Exchange, is not on the Richmond-area stock list. Also gone on companies of local interest or selected Virginia companies lists are Admiral Group PLC, Ahold Delhaize, Allianz, Alstom and Ferguson PLC. Some of the smaller Virginia community banks, which trade as over-the-counter stocks, also are not available, including Bay Banks of Virginia, Benchmark Bankshares, Chesapeake Financial Shares and Touchstone Bank.

We also are moving the mutual fund list from the daily report to Sunday’s Business section, as financial planners say mutual fund changes aren’t as dramatic on a daily basis.

The news article of what happened on Wall Street the previous day also is being eliminated from the page. But if big news does happen there, we’ll have a story on the Business page.

We’re excited about our improvements and hope you are, too. We welcome your feedback. Contact me using the information below.

Business Editor Gregory J. Gilligan can be reached at (804) 649-6379 or email him at ggilligan@timesdispatch.com.

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