MarketWatch, Inc. is a leading financial media company best known for the Marketwatch.com web site which focuses on delivering real-time business and financial news and commentary.
Marketwatch was founded by Larry Kramer in 1995 while he worked at Data Broadcasting Corp. It was later re-branded "CBS MarketWatch" after Viacom, owner of CBS, purchased a sizeable stake in the media company. Then, in January 2005, MarketWatch was purchased by Dow Jones & Company and is now is a wholly-owned subsidiary of that Company, joining the likes of The Wall Street Journal, Barrons, and Smart Money.
The Company's flagship web site, MarketWatch.com totals 9 million monthly visitors, according to its parent Company . Beyond the real-time financial news and commentary, the web site is also home to the Hulbert Financial Digest, a leading investment newsletter rating service founded by Mark Hulbert in 1980 and which the Company acquired in April 2002.