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January 6, 2018

Hello Fellow ChartWatchers!

First and foremost, I want to wish you all a very happy new year from the team here at! We have big plans in store for 2018 (including the return of ChartCon this August!) and we simply can't wait to share it with you.

Now, here are a few important announcements:

XABCD Annotation Tool Now In ChartNotes!

Late last month, we introduced a brand new tool to ChartNotes: the XABCD annotation tool! By allowing you to identify and pin a series of significant high and low price points, this unique harmonic pattern tool helps you visualize 5-point chart patterns, both bullish and bearish, as they form. In addition to the XABCD, we're excited to welcome Scott Carney (president and founder of to our TAC blog. Scott will be sharing his expertise about harmonic patterns, and will also appear as a guest on our MarketWatchers LIVE web show on January 24th. Be sure to tune in!

To check out the new XABCD tool, pull up a chart of any symbol, then look for the "Annotate" button below. Click that to launch ChartNotes, then click the 5th button down on the sidebar. Under that menu, you'll find the new XABCD tool.

Psst! Don't forget, StockCharts Members can save their annotated charts!

Hey, StockCharts Members, Did You Know...

As a StockCharts Member, you unlock the complete online archives of Technical Analysis of Stocks & Commodities Magazine (also known as TASC). We've partnered with the good folks over at TASC to bring you full access to their digital content online as part of your StockCharts subscription. That even includes the latest edition of the magazine - for free!

In fact, the January edition of Stocks & Commodities Magazine featured an in-depth interview with two of our own: Gatis Roze (author of Tensile Trading and The Traders Journal blog here at StockCharts) and me, Grayson Roze (Business Manager at StockCharts and author of Trading for Dummies). If you're a StockCharts Member, we encourage you to check out the latest edition of Stocks & Commodities Magazine online and browse the TASC archives by clicking here. Not a member yet? Start your FREE 1-month trial!

Until next time,

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This Week's Articles

The Market Message

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The Canadian Technician

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by Greg Schnell

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Trading Places

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by Tom Bowley

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Market Still Overvalued, or Maybe Not

by Carl Swenlin

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Earnings for 2017 Q3 will be finalized soon, but on a preliminary basis the S&P 500 has a P/E of 25, which is extremely overvalued. The chart below shows the S&P 500 Index (black line) in relation to where it would be if it were undervalued (P/E 10 - green line), fair value (P/E 15 - blue line), or overvalued (P/E 20 - red line). Price moved well above that range over two years ago,

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InvestEd Central

Here's A Trading Strategy That Works In Any Market

by John Hopkins

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Ultimately, the U.S. stock market lives and dies by the performance of its economy and how that translates into earnings growth of U.S. companies. Nearly every economic report that we've seen of late has been strong or strengthening. The number of companies that are performing well on their top and bottom lines has been growing. It's evidenced by the number of stocks that we...

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The Traders Journal

The #1 Lesson Learned From All My 2017 Trades

by Gatis Roze

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Over 25 years of full-time trading, it's been my experience that, as an investor, one moves ahead by looking back. In other words, reviewing my 2017 Trading Journal will improve my 2018 results. Indeed, the tenth and final stage of Stock Market Mastery is to Revisit, Retune and Refine. It's a proven discipline that keeps on giving year after year. Having just reviewed my 2017 journal over the...

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