Our Interactive Seasonality Chart lets you interactively determine how frequently a stock rises during each month of the year.
The idea is that certain stocks perform better during particular months of the year. This tool will allow you to confirm whether or not these kinds of “seasonal” effects happen for any ticker symbol in our database.
In the example above, each histogram bar represents a different month of the year. The height of each bar is determined by the percentage of years that the stock ($SPX in this case) has risen during that month. The number at the bottom of each column is the average gain/loss for that month. The slider at the bottom of the chart lets you change the chart's timeframe. In addition to “Histogram” mode, there are two other modes for viewing the underlying data - “Separate Scale” and “Same Scale.” Here's what they look like:
The Separate Scale mode shows a line chart for each year, one below the other, so that you can compare the performance from year to year at a glance.
The Same Scale mode is similar to an Interactive PerfChart, plotting percentage change over time, rather than price. The Same Scale mode shows one line for each year, all plotted on the same chart for easy comparison.
There are several ways to create an Interactive Seasonality Chart on StockCharts.com including:
There are several important sections of the Interactive Seasonality Chart page:
The use of each of these sections is described below.
You can use the slider at the bottom of the chart (#3 in the image above) to change the chart's starting and/or ending years.
You can use your mouse to adjust the slider in the following ways:
There are several keyboard equivalents that you can also use to adjust the chart's start and end dates:
Note: You may need to click once on the Seasonality Chart before the keyboard controls will work.
Click any of the year buttons above the chart (#2 in the image above) to hide that year's line and remove that year's data from the calculations. Click on the button again to return it to the chart.
Enter a ticker symbol into the optional “Compare” box and press “Go” to show how frequently the chart's main symbol outperforms the Comparison symbol.
Three buttons in the lower left corner of the chart (#4 in the image above) allow you to switch between “Separate Mode,” “Same Scale Mode” and “Histogram Mode” (the default).
You can click and drag the lower right corner of the chart to resize the chart inside your browser window.
Members can click the “Permalink” link located below the chart to get a link to their chart that can be bookmarked and/or used in web links.
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