Free stock info?

So, I am new to stocks and read the book "Neatest Little Guide to Stocks." First does anyone have an opinion on it? It seemed well written, but I have no way of knowing if the info is good. Second, there seems to be a lot of free stock info out there. MSN has a great deal, but are their stock ratings (they use a 1-10 scale) any good or should I ignore them?
Thanks in advance.
Big John
P.S. Andre never body slammed me.

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