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To generate a chart, enter a stock symbol or company name in the upper left text field box and select a time period. Your options include Daily, Weekly, Monthly or Intraday Interval.
When active, BATS Exchange Real-Time Price Data will display with a green box to the right of the Intraday periodicity.
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You can use the Change Date function to view chart activity for a particular date in a stock’s history or to compare two stocks within a specific time frame.
- There are two methods for changing the date: a Calendar view or a Timeline view. In the Calendar view, you can select an “end” date as you would in any other Calendar-type function. To select dates in the Timeline view, use your mouse to scroll forward (right mouse click) and back (left mouse click).
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Once a chart has been created, there are a variety of ways you can view, save, mark-up, and share the data. These tasks are available in a series of icons and pulldown menus located in the upper right of the tool view.
- Comparison Chart icon: Selecting this option will launch your chart in a new window. There you can compare its performance against other stocks and indexes. To visually compare the price performance of multiple instruments, add entire user created or pre-set lists.
- The Print button launches your computer’s print function.
- The Tool Icon reveals a pulldown menu of options for chart annotation: Show Annotations, launch of the Markups Tool, Stochastics data display, and show/hide options for Data Boxes, Events, Moving Averages, and Volume or Price Scale annotations. Note: Available Tool menu options will differ depending on instrument type.
- In order to view chart annotations, you must enable “Markups” in the Chart Tools pulldown menu. This is a global command; you only have to enable it once to view annotations on any marked-up chart.
- To draw custom annotations on the chart, select “Markup Tool” in the pulldown menu. Doing so will launch the Markups Tool task panel.
- To view your entire history of annotated charts, select the “View Markups” button on the Markups Tool task panel. The list will appear in the list panel under “Chart Markups’. Double-click a symbol to generate that chart.
Recently Viewed Charts
You can quickly refer back to charts you recently viewed by selecting the chart symbol in the Symbol dropdown menu in the chart view. The dropdown menu will list the five most recently generated charts; to search further back, select the View Recent Symbols List link. This will populate the Recent Symbols list in the List Panel below the Chart.
To quickly access charts of frequently-referenced Market Indices, you can select the Index symbol from the Symbol dropdown menu. The dropdown menu will list the seven most popular indices; to see a complete list of available indices, select the View Market Indices List link. This will populate the Market Indices list in the Markets/197 Industry Groups folder in the List Panel below the Chart.
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Customized Moving Averages
The 50-day moving average (red line) and 200-day moving average (black line) are shown by default on the daily chart. The 10-week moving average (red line) and 40-week moving average (black line) are shown by default on the weekly chart.
Two additional custom moving averages may be added to Daily, Weekly and Monthly charts. Both simple and exponential custom moving averages are available as options.
To add a customized moving average:
- Click on the Chart Tools icon and select the “Custom Moving Averages”
- Select the desired time span from the dropdown menu(s). By default, all moving average lines are simple moving averages.
- Select the checkbox(es) to activate exponential moving averages.
- Click “Apply Changes” when complete.
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To access bar by bar price and volume action, use Track Price. Select a price bar in the chart and click and hold down the button on your mouse; Track Price will appear as long as the mouse button is held down. Releasing the mouse button deactivates Track Price. Move the cursor to a particular price bar, and Track Price dynamically displays the following information for the given point on the chart:
- High Price
- Low Price
- Last price
- Price percent change
- Volume percent change relative to the 50 day moving average volume
- Pre-set & Custom Moving Average Price and Percent change above or below
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