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Hello Fellow ChartWatchers!

This week, I'm taking time off from our on-going "Technical Analysis 101" series, to enlist your help.  We are in the process of compiling a list of "Tips" for using StockCharts.com and we need you to review the tips that we've come up with so far.  When this list is complete, we'll make it available to everyone on the website.

Here's our current collection.  How many of these did you not know about?

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  • We offer a number of predefined scans for you to access.
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  • We provide a glossary for different technical analysis terms.
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  • You can create a Ratio SharpChart by separating two ticker symbols with a colon character (i.e., "ibm:$spx")
  • If the previous closing value is less than or equal to the current closing value, we draw the current candlestick in black.
  • If the previous closing value is more than the current closing value, we draw the current candlestick in red.
  • A yellow highlighted bar on the right side of a SharpChart represents delayed price data for the current time period.
  • You can add more horizontal space to the right side of a SharpChart using the "Extra Bars" box.
  • You can overlay one SharpChart on top of another. Click here for details.
  • We track several Market Breadth Indexes which are often viewed cumulatively such as $NYAD. Click here for details.
  • We provide the Record High Percent Index.
  • To add another dataset to your charts use the Price indicator.
  • You can remove the numbers in the upper left corner of a SharpChart by unchecking the "Show Legends" box in the Chart Attributes area.
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  • The blue dashed line on intraday charts represents the closing vale for the previous day.
  • You can learn what the different Candlestick colors represent in this Mailbag article.
  • You can display full quote details for a stock by checking the "Full Quote" box in the Chart Attributes section.
  • Everyone has access to all indicators and ovelays we provide regardless of their subscription level.
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  • Subscribers can select 1,5,10,15,30 and 60 minute SharpChart periods as well as daily, weekly and monthly.
  • Most SharpChart indicator and overlay parameters are based on the chart's "Periods" setting.
  • "Price Labels" are small flags with price data at significant highs and lows of a SharpChart.
  • "Fill-the-Chart" mode will fit as many correctly-sized price bars as it can into the SharpChart's price plot area.
  • Extra members can create StyleButtons that can access important ChartStyles instantly.
  • You can add trendines to any SharpChart. Click here for details.
  • Our ChartNotes Annotation Tool allows you to add trendlines, text, arrows, Fibonacci retracement lines, and much more to any SharpChart.
  • Holding down the CTRL key while drawing Fibonacci Retracement lines will add Fibo extentions to your SharpChart.
  • To add annotations to a SharpChart, click on the "Annotate" link just below the chart.
  • You can use the ChartNotes annotation tool to inspect any data point on a SharpChart with your mouse.
  • You can see price data for any SharpChart by clicking the "Annotate" link and then mousing over the price bars.
  • If you want to save annotated SharpCharts in your online account, you need to be an Extra subscriber.
  • You can add filled rectangles and circles to SharpCharts by holding down the CTRL key while dragging out a circle or rectangle shape in ChartNotes.
  • You can resize a "callout box" by clicking on the callout box and then dragging the yellow handles that appear.
  • SharpChart annotations can be drawn in any of 16 different colors.
  • You can change the width of an annotation line by using the"Line Width" toolbar.
  • You can change the font for text or callout box using the "Style" toolbar.
  • On P&F charts, the numbers 1 - 9 and the letters A, B, and C appear in the first box filled during the corresponding month.
  • On P&F charts, the letters A, B & C correspond to the months October, November, and December.
  • StockCharts provides two different techniques for calculating P&F Price Objectives.
  • You can check for stocks with a P&F Pattern on our Pattern Alert page.
  • We provide graphical, text and dynamic views for P&F charts.
  • P&F Price Objectives are notoriously unreliable.
  • On a P&F chart, "PO" represents the Price Objective marker.
  • Trendlines on P&F charts are always drawn at 45 degree angles.
  • Unlike on bar charts, chart patterns on P&F charts can be reliably detected by computers.
  • We don't currenty support annotations for P&F charts.
  • The widespread use of P&F charts predates the widespread use of Bar and Candlestick charts.
  • A P&F Reversal Marker marks the level that the price would need to reach in order for a reversal to occur.
  • Each column on a P&F chart corresponds to an uptrend or downtrend section on a traditional bar chart.
  • All of our Bullish Percent Indexes have ticker symbols that start with "$BP".
  • Bullish Percent Indexes, calculated from large numbers of P&F
  • You can see all of StockCharts.com's major milestones here.
  • StocCharts has been around for more than 10 years.
  • StockCharts has over 21,000 subscribers.
  • We currently track over 900 different indexes in our database.
  • We track over 33,000 different ticker symbols and we add up to 200 new ones every day.
  • Our ScanEngine contains 800 daily data points for each of the 30,000+ different stocks, indices, and mutual funds that we track.
  • StockCharts provides market commentary from two of the best technical analysis writers, John Murphy and Arthur Hill.
  • John Murphy was the chief technical analyst for CNBC.
  • John Murphy is the author of several best selling books including Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets.
  • John Murphy received a bachelor of arts in economics and a master of business administration from Fordham University.
  • The Market Message provides video and audio tutorials.
  • Some days we publish multiple Market Messages. Occasionally, we will skip a day if the market doesn't do anything worth commenting on.
  • Market Message subscribers get access to Arthur Hill's "Arts Charts" blog which is updated several times a day.
  • Market Message subscribers get access to new market analysis videos about 3 times a week.
  • John Murphy typically talks about inter-market analysis (stocks,bonds,commodities and currency).
  • Our chief technical analyst, John Murphy, has been called the "Father of technical analysis."
  • Arthur Hill wrote much of the content in ChartSchool.
  • John Murphy wrote Ten Laws of Technical Trading.
  • We provide a bundle of John Murphy's books in our bookstore.
  • John Murphy's latest book is an update to The Visual Investor.
  • Market Message subscribers can view archived Market Messages going back to 2003.
  • Market Message subscribers can send questions or comments to John Murphy and Arthur Hill using the comment box at the end of every Market Message post.

See any that are confusing?  Any typos?  Know of any good tips that we left out?  Let me know in the comment area of the ChartWatchers blog.

Happy Holidays!
- Chip

P.S. Don't forget about our Holiday Special going on right now.  It's going to end later this month so don't delay!

Chip Anderson
About the author: is the founder and president of StockCharts.com. He founded the company after working as a Windows developer and corporate consultant at Microsoft from 1987 to 1997. Since 1999, Chip has guided the growth and development of StockCharts.com into a trusted financial enterprise and highly-valued resource in the industry. In this blog, Chip shares his tips and tricks on how to maximize the tools and resources available at StockCharts.com, and provides updates about new features or additions to the site. Learn More
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