Chip Anderson

Mobile Text Alerts Now Available from StockCharts

StockCharts members have had access to custom technical alerts for some time now.  Alerts allow members to receive an email message whenever any technical situation occurs with one or more of their stocks.  They are very similar to our Advanced Scans and can be customized to recognize any set of  indicator-based signals you can imagine.  When a user installs an alert into our system, we automatically run that alert every 60 seconds while the market is open and, if we get any hits from it, we then notify the user via email.

Our Extra and ExtraRT members can create up to 5 different alerts and our PRO users can create up to 50.  For more information on Alerts, please watch this video on the topic.

Again, until now we have only be able to notify you of an alert signal via email however now that has changed.  Today, I'm happy to announce that we now support alerts via Mobile Text messages (SMS)!

As of today you can now select either "Email" or "SMS" from the "via" dropdown on the Alert Workbench page.  If you select SMS, we will send a text message to the phone number that is registered to your account when your alert is triggered.  

Note that it is important to ensure that you have set your correct phone number in your StockCharts.com account area.  You can check to see which phone number we have on file by clicking on the "Your Account" link in the upper right corner of any of our webpages.

There is no additional fees required to take advantage of this new feature.  Just start using it.  It is yet another way we are continuing to improve StockCharts.com.

- Chip

 

A Hearty Welcome to StockCharts.com for All of Martin Pring's Subscribers!

Today I'm thrilled to announce that StockCharts.com and Pring.com are merging!  StockCharts.com is now the new home for Martin Pring's market commentary and his loyal subscribers are becoming members of StockCharts.com as a result.

If you are one of Pring.com's users, welcome!  We are very glad to see you here.

In case you missed it, here is the email message that Martin sent out earlier talking about the merger:


Dear Weekly InfoMovie Subscriber,

After many years, the Pring Infomovie Report is getting a long-needed face-lift and is taking on a new lease on life!  The InfoMovie Report will no longer be published by Pring Research, Inc., instead, we have begun a new partnership with StockCharts.com where the report will continue to be published under the Martin Pring Market Roundup (PMR) banner and offer you a plethora of extra goodies!

As of  this weekend,  the balance of your subscription will be fulfilled by StockCharts.com.  Of course, you do not have to transfer over to StockCharts.com if you do not wish to and are free to cancel at any time. However, we think you will find the benefits of this transition to be a win-win situation!

Here’s what you will receive:

  1. The same downloadable printed report published at least 48-times per year and a bi-monthly InfoMovie at the same cost as a full subscription to the current weekly report.
  2. In addition, you are getting a new StockCharts "Extra" subscription that includes frequent reports and videos by John Murphy, Arthur Hill, Greg Schnell and others.
  3. Your new StockCharts Extra membership also gives you the ability to save ChartLists (electronic chart books) and templates (called ChartStyles) so you can rotate through your favorite chart collections at the click of a mouse!
  4. Intraday data is also included as is the ability to scan pre-selected data lists for specific technical conditions or combinations of conditions and receive custom email alerts for the same conditions.
  5. The ability to plot several of my proprietary indicators you have seen in the InfoMovie Report such as the Bottom Fisher, the Bond, Global and Commodity Net New Highs Indicator and others, as well as StockCharts' huge inventory of internal market and sector indicators! In fact, you will be able to click on the charts in the report for a live updated link at any time!
  6. You will also be able to plot familiar “Pring” indicators such as the KST and Special K.

Prior to this year, I wasn’t familiar with the range of charting tools and data available at StockCharts, nor their vast educational resource library, but I must say, I’ve been very impressed with what I have seen, not only in terms of  technical resources and capabilities, but in particular with the ethics and competency of Chip Anderson and his team.

If you’re already a StockCharts Extra, Extra RT or Pro subscriber, StockCharts will extend your account for you automatically and you will no longer need to subscribe to the Infomovie Report because it will be included in your subscription.  If you are not already a subscriber, StockCharts will soon send you a customized email with instructions for accessing your new account.  When your new subscription expires, StockCharts will send you instructions for renewing because we will not be giving them your credit card information.  If your email security settings  are set to exclude spam be sure to allow email from "StockCharts.com", otherwise you will not receive email notifications of  my weekly reports.

Please note that the Intermarket Review will continued to be published by Pring Research, Inc. and is unaffected by this arrangement.

I want to personally thank you for subscribing to the Infomovie Report and guarantee you will receive more than your current benefits under the new arrangement. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 941-926-9664.

In the meantime,

Good Luck and Good Charting!

Martin J. Pring


Again, we'll be sending you your new StockCharts.com credentials very soon via email.  Once you have your account information, you can log in by clicking the "Login" link in the top right corner of any page.  And, once you are logged in, you can access Martin's commentary by clicking on the "Pring's Market Roundup" link in the Commentary box on the right side of our homepage - or just click here.

As I said before, I am thrilled to welcome you to our website.  We are working hard to increase Martin's ability to communicate his market insight and educational ideas out to as many people as possible.  And if you have time to kill between Martin's updates, why not try reading some of our other award-winning authors as well?

Welcome aboard!
- Chip

28 Things to Remember About Creating and Saving Charts and ChartStyles

Recently, one of our support engineers was working with a user that had become confused about how our system of SharpCharts, ChartLists and ChartStyles worked.  They had watched all of the videos, but something hadn't clicked for some reason.  To help determine where the confusion was coming from, Cole sent the user a long list of simple "rules" to remember about how those parts of our website work.  I thought I'd share that list with everyone.  It starts off with some really basic stuff just to make sure of the terminology, but hang in there, somewhere in this list could be the "key" you need to make everything fall into place.

(Note, the list was written for a Basic member so there isn't a lot of discussion about using different ChartLists.  Maybe we'll do an "Extra" version of this list at some point in the future if people respond positively.)

1.) We have two main charting tools - SharpCharts and P&F Charts.
2.) SharpCharts are what we call our main bar/candlestick charts.
3.) P&F Charts are the charts with Xs and Os on them.
4.) You create and modify a SharpChart using the settings on the page we call the "SharpCharts Workbench"
5.) We have a completely different workbench page for creating P&F charts (which aren't covered in this list)
6.) There are several ways to create a SharpChart from scratch:
     a.) Type a ticker symbol into the "Create a Chart" box at the top of any page and click "Go"
     b.) Click on the "SharpCharts Workbench" link on the "Members" page 
     c.) Click on any of the big symbols in the middle of our homepage, etc.
7.) When a brand new SharpChart is created, we use a collection of settings called the "Default ChartStyle" to create the chart. You can change your "Default ChartStyle" to have any settings that you like, but again, remember that those settings are only used when a brand new chart is created.  (More on this below.)
8.) After changing the settings for a SharpChart, click the "Update" button to refresh the workbench with your new settings.
9.) A SharpChart consists of a ticker symbol plus all the other settings you see on the workbench. When a SharpCharts is saved into your account, _both_ the ticker symbol and all the other settings are saved together (along with any annotations that you have added). 
10.) To save a new SharpChart into your account, click on the "Save As" link located above the right corner of the chart.
11.) You can save up to 500 SharpCharts in your Basic account. (You can upgrade to Extra if you want to save more or if you want to save your charts into different groups.)
12.) There are several different ways to view your saved SharpCharts. Here are the two main ways:
     a.) Click on the "Your Saved Charts" link on the "Members" page to see your charts in a special "10-per-page" view. Note that "10-per-page" view is different from the SharpCharts Workbench. You cannot modify your charts in 10-per-page view. If you click on any of the charts while looking at them in 10-per-page view, you will then see that chart by itself on the SharpCharts workbench and you can then modify it.
     b.) Go to the SharpCharts Workbench and then select your saved chart from the dropdown located above the chart.
13.) Saved charts are always shown in alphabetic order. To rearrange them, change their name (see below). We suggest using a 4-digit number in front of each chart's name.
14.) To change a chart's name from the SharpCharts Workbench, click on the "Save As..." link and change the name before clicking the "Save" button.
15.) To change a chart's name from 10-per-page view, click on the chart's current name and then it will become editable.
16.) If you modify the settings for a SharpChart that you have previously saved, you can click on the "Save" link to overwrite the old version of your chart with the new settings.
17.) When you are on the SharpCharts Workbench, you can use the "View All" link above the chart to switch back to 10-per-page mode.
18.) All of the settings on the workbench _except_ the main ticker symbol box can be saved separately as a "chart template" that we call a "ChartStyle."
19.) ChartStyles are used for creating new charts from a ticker symbol. The settings from the ChartStyle are combined with the ticker symbol from the existing chart to create a brand new, independent chart. If you want to keep that new chart, you'd need to save it into your account using the "Save As" link.
20.) There is no continuing link between a ChartStyle and any charts that have been created from it. If the ChartStyle is changed later, the saved charts are unaffected.
21.) In general, you should not have a lot of ChartStyles saved into your account. You should create ChartStyles for any specific type of chart that you find yourself creating again and again.
22.) To create a ChartStyle, create a chart with the setting you use frequently, then click on the "+" symbol on the left side of the chart. Give your style a name and press "Add New".
23.) The thin grey boxes located the left of your chart on the SharpCharts Workbench are called "StyleButtons." They allow you to apply a ChartStyle to a ticker symbol with one click.
24.) When you create a new ChartStyle, it is automatically assigned to a new StyleButton.
25.) There are two ways to apply a ChartStyle to a ticker symbol:
     a.) Select the style from the "ChartStyles" dropdown below the chart.
     b.) Click on the StyleButton for that style. Note: Clicking on a StyleButton immediately replaces your current chart settings with the settings for the ChartStyle.
26.) Applying a ChartStyle creates a _new_ chart that is unrelated to any other chart in your account. If you want to keep the new chart, you need to save it by clicking on the "Save As..." link.
27.) To change the "Default" ChartStyle for your account (i.e., the style that is used to create a chart from just a ticker symbol), create a chart that looks like what you always want to see, then click the "Set as Default" link located below the chart.
28.) To change your StyleButtons, click on the ">" symbol located to the left of your chart. Click and drag the "horizontal bars" icon up or down to rearrange the order of your ChartStyles. Styles positioned above the "Buttons" line will have corresponding StyleButtons.

Was there anything in that list that was an "A-ha!" moment for you?  (#19 and #20 are common sources of confusion.)  If so, please let us know in the comments.

- Chip  (& Cole)

Martin Pring is Joining StockCharts.com!

Today I am thrilled to annouce that Martin Pring will be joining StockCharts.com as an official market analyst starting next month.  In case you don't know (how could you not know?), Martin is the author of numerous books on Technical Analysis including "Technical Analysis Explained" and "Introduction to Technical Analysis."  He has been speaking to audiences about technical analysis for decades.  He is also the creator of the popular "Know Sure Thing (KST)" indicator.  Martin's market insights compliment those of our existing analysts - John Murphy, Arthur Hill, Greg Schnell, Carl Swenlin and Erin Heim - perfectly.  His wisdom and decades of experience means that StockCharts will continue to be the place on the Internet for high-quality, educational, useful market analysis based on technicals.

Once things are fully up-to-speed, Martin will be posting in-depth market commentary and videos regularly for StockCharts members to read.  He will also be contributing to our free, twice-monthly newsletter.  For now, I wanted to give you a taste of the kind of commentary Martin will be providing to members.  Enjoy!

- Chip


Martin Pring's Market Roundup

April 23rd, 2014 Headlines:

  • Stocks break down big time against commodities
  • IGE/XLP (Inflation/deflation ratio) breaks in favor of IGE
  • Brent Crude close to a major breakout
  • Industrial metals with the exception of copper break to the upside.
  • Spider Metals and Mining (XME) close to major upside breakout
  • Energy Relative Strength starting to improve
  • Coal has been a laggard but that is likely to change

Read on for details.
- Martin

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Facebook isn't Free

Yesterday, we held a StockCharts Hat giveaway on our Facebook page as part of our 15 year anniversary celebration.  It was a ton of fun seeing our Facebook friends quickly snap up the 15 hats we offered on the page.  We then started to contact the winners asking for their shipping information.

Facebook decided that was a no-no.

Why?  We have no idea.  Shouldn't Facebook know that we are a legit company by this point?  Probably - we've been using them for 5+ years now to promote our site AND we've paid them lots of money to advertise on their site.

Regardless, Facebook suddenly locked our account and demanded that we send them a photo of a valid "government issued photo ID" in order to have our account unlocked.  Now, I don't know about you - but that raised all kinds of issues with me.

  1. We're a business.  Businesses don't have government issued photo IDs.
  2. Facebook should know who we are by now.
  3. Contacting people that "Like" us and commented on our page is not strange or unusual.
  4. It is a HUGE invasion of privacy to require someone to send a photo of their driver's license over the Internet, ever.
  5. Photos of ID cards can easily be faked.
  6. I'm trying to have a business relationship with Facebook - our social page is important to us and our users - yet they treat me, literally, like a criminal.  "License and registration please."

But here's the kicker - what can we do?  Our Facebook page is important and currently, we can't do anything to it.  We can't even delete it(!).  So I sent Facebook a "redacted" version of my ID in protest.  We'll see what happens.  For now we have no choice but to wait until the "powers that be" decide our fate.

The real losers are our Facebook followers because until this is resolved, we can't do any more of the fun 15-year giveaways we were planning.  We're looking into doing those giveaways in some other manner.  Stay tuned.

Facebook isn't free.

- Chip

 

It's Our Birthday and You'll Save If You Want To!

Happy 15th Birthday StockCharts!

15 years ago we started this crazy journey and to celebrate, starting today - April 15th - and for the next 15 days - we are celebrating with our biggest special ever!

For starters, if you subscribe for one year during the special, you'll get 15 months for the price of 12.  Click here for more.

Or, if you are already a member and you renew for one year during the special, you'll get 15 months for the price of 12 as well. Click here for more.

But wait... there's more!

Are you a member and are you thinking about upgrading your account to a higher service level?  Upgrade during the special, and we'll knock 15% off the cost of the upgrade.  Click here for more.

Oh yeah, our books are on sale too!  Just use the discount code "SCC15" when checking out of our online store during the the special and we'll take 15% off your total order.  Click here for more.

So that's all for our 15th year celebration... Oh wait.  Hang on.  We forgot about our Facebook page.  We have to do something for our Facebook Friends...

So we'll be giving out free StockCharts hats everyday for the next 15 days - just Like/watch our Facebook page for details.

AND FINALLY... Are you on the fence about coming to ChartCon 2014?  Well, the next 15 people to register for ChartCon will also receive a free copy of John Murphy's master work "Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets" signed by John himself!  Click here for conference details.

So, welcome to the party!  We're thrilled and honored to have earned and kept your business so far.  At age 15, we're the oldest startup you'll ever encounter.  Here's to the next 15!

- Chip

No Bleeding Hearts Here at StockCharts.com

Much is being made of the "Heartbleed" vulnerability that is in the news right now.  It is a flaw in recent versions of widely used library called "OpenSSL" that many websites use to protect sensitive data.  Something that the mainstream press is not reporting accurately is that not all websites use OpenSSL for their encryption and, additionally, not all versions of OpenSSL have the problem.  Finally, some website use additional security measures that block data from leaking out via that exploit.

Here at StockCharts, we have had additional measures from F5 Networks in place for years that actively prevent problems like "Heartbleed" from causing secure data to be lost.  If you are into technology, you can read more about our protection measures here.

In addition, we have never installed the version of OpenSSL that has the problem.  We rely on an alternative SSL solution for encrypting our data.

But don't take my word for it, click here to run an independent "Heartbleed" test against our website.

Note: There are some other "Heartbleed Checkers" that don't actually test for the problem.  The most popular one appears to be the one at Lastpass.com.  Instead actually testing for the problem, those "checkers" simply check to see when the site last updated its security certificates and then they assume that if the certificates haven't been updated recently, the site is at risk.  In our case, that is an incorrect assumption for all the reasons stated above.

Bottom Line: The SSL encryption we use to protect our data was never vulnerable to the Heartbleed issue.

- Chip

"Top Advisors Corner" Comes to StockCharts.com

Today I'm pleased to announce the addition of a very popular feature from the original DecisionPoint.com website - an area called "Top Advisors Corner" (nicknamed "TAC").  Top Advisors Corner is a place were we collect and publish free articles from a variety of diffent sources including Tom McClellan, Tim Ord, Gene Inger, Alan Newman, Mark Young, Sy Harding, and our old friend Richard Rhodes.  Over the years, each of those authors has developed a relationship with Carl Swenlin at DecisionPoint where Carl would publish a (typically) weekly article from each author in exchange for publicity.  The articles are very high quality and typically include a bit of a sales pitch at the end for the author's paid commentary service.  We - StockCharts - are glad to be able to continue these relationships here now that we've merged with DecisionPoint especially since statistics have shown that "TAC" was one of the most visited areas of the DecisionPoint website.

You'll find a link to the "Top Advisors Corner" now on our Homepage as well as the Members page.  In addition, the most recent TAC articles are now listed on theright side of the "Blogs" page.

Or you can just click here to get started.

Enjoy!
- Chip

Google Changes Its Ticker Symbol in a Very Confusing Way

Google has divided its stock into two different symbols: GOOG and GOOGL.  GOOG is now a new dataset for Class C shares.  GOOGL now contains all of the price information that used to be displayed as GOOG.  GOOGL has also been adjusted for the associated distribution.  Use "_GOOGL" for unadjusted data.

Lots of New SCTRs are Coming to StockCharts


ScooterssWe're happy to announce that today we have greatly increased the number of stocks that are ranked by our StockCharts Technical Ranking system (SCTRs - pronounced "Scooters").

Scooters are our very popular system for ranking stocks based on their technical strength.  Prior to today, we were only able to rank the 1500 US stocks that were part of the S&P 500 (Large-caps), the S&P 400 (Mid-caps) and the S&P 600 (Small-caps).   Now we have expanded the Small-cap universe to include all stocks in the Russell 2000 and we have expanded the Mid-cap universe to include 200 additional stocks that the S&P 400 did not include.  This has more than doubled the number of stocks in our ranking system.

So now, for example, we have SCTR values for Avis Car Rental (CAR), Freddy Mac (FMCC),   Fanny Mae (FNMA), and even World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc (WWE).

To see the complete list of stocks listed by their SCTR value, go to our homepage and click on the "SCTR Rankings" link located just below the yellow chart.  Or just click here.

For more details on how SCTR values are calculated, please see this article.

Notes:

  • The Advanced Scan keywords for the different US SCTRs has changed from SCTR.sp5, SCTR.sp4, and SCTR.sp6 to the more descriptive SCTR.large, SCTR.mid, and SCTR.small.  (The old wording still works but is not preferred.)
  • No changes have been made to the ETF or TSX SCTR universes
  • Unfortunately, it is not possible to back-calculate historical SCTR values for the newly ranked stocks so their "SCTR Line" indicators are currently only one dot long.  It will increase in time however.
  • We have chosen to exclude foreign stocks that trade in the US from our SCTR system.

Enjoy these additional SCTR values!  Hopefully they will help you find even more interesting stocks to analyze.

- Chip

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