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Use the mouse to create a price channel

    Click your mouse anywhere in the chart. Notice that the tiny white lines above & below the chart, the "cursor", moved to the mouse click. The date, price & volume data now describe the action for the date you selected. Click your mouse at a new point. Again, the cursor and price action describe the new date.

    A new price channel was drawn on the chart, between the 2 mouse clicks.  In addition, the gain or loss rate was indicated. If it is a gain, the channel is climbing, and buy opportunities occur when the stock price is near the channel bottom. Profit taking opportunities occur when the stock price is near the channel top.

Use the arrow keys to move around on the chart

   Click the left arrow key. The previous date price data was indicated. Try out the up key. A date 20 weeks (or days) earlier is now indicated. The down key or right arrow key move in the opposite direction, to a later date. Click the Home key for the earliest date. Click the End key for the most recent date.

Select a stock chart

   Type a stock ticker in the upper left entry box, for example "a" or "A", then click the Enter key (or click the Next button using the mouse). A mis-spelled ticker will still bring up a chart.
If you are fairly close to the ticker you are looking for, you can back up or go forward any number of times until you locate the chart you want. To back up, click the Back button, or enter "-" (minus) or "`" (key to left of "1"). To go forward, click the Next button or Enter key.

   In addition to date, price, volume and company name, the industry sector number and industry name are displayed for each stock. Our source for the Industry Sectors   is Investor's Business Daily. They list 197 Industry Sectors, starting with #1 AEROSPACE / DEFENSE and ending with #197 UTILITY - WATER SUPPLY.

   You may find it easier to use the alphabetical list of company names.  Click the Sector List  link, then click the drop-down list at the top of the page. Search for and select any company name using the mouse. Your new chart will be drawn when you close the drop-down list.

Select an industry sector chart

  Clicking the Sector List  link brings up the list of available sectors. Mouse click any sector name to draw the sector chart. Listed beyond #197 are an assortment of stock groups that you may find useful. For example, #201, #202 and #203 are the DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS, TRANSPORTS and UTILITIES.

  Type "a" in the upper left entry box, then click the Enter key. Notice that stock ticker "A", namely Agilent Technologies, is in Sector #126. One way to view the chart for Sector #126 is to enter "126" in the upper left entry box, then click Enter. However, since the Agilent chart is now showing, you can type "?" in the entry box, or just enter "/", which is the "?" key without shifting.

    The chart for MEDICAL  INSTRUMENTS sector, #126, has been drawn, and the number of stocks is displayed. If a sector chart shows a promising future, you may want to look through the sector's member stocks for the best looking price and volume action.

View the series of member stocks in a sector

   If a sector chart is not showing, enter "126" in the upper left entry box and click enter. To begin viewing the member stocks in this sector, type "/" or "?" in the entry box and click enter. The first MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS chart, ABIOMED INC, is drawn. For the next chart in the sector, just click Next or the enter key. For the previous chart, click the Back button. Even with 90 or so members in a sector, it takes surprisingly little time to view the series.

Weekly vs. Daily history

  Switching from Weekly to Daily chart history is easy: just click the Daily history radio button. For Weekly history, click the Weekly history radio button. A "hot key" is available. To switch between Weekly and Daily history, click the F2 key.

View more or less data

  The Max # points entry box can be set to any number. To view all possible data, enter "0". From now on, charts will show all available data. To repeat the same chart you are on, but viewing the new Max # points, enter "=" in the upper left entry box and click enter or Next. You could click Back or Next without entering "=", but the chart ticker would go back or go to the next. That would be ok also; just reverse by clicking Next or Back, getting you to the original chart.

  Maybe you want fewer data points, so that each weeks (or day's) price action is drawn larger, making the chart "less crowded". Enter a smaller number in the Max # points entry box. For example, reduce from 175 to 100. From now on, charts will show (at most) 100 points. Please note that for this entry box, 100 points means 100 weeks or 100 days, depending on whether you are viewing weekly or daily charts.

Ignore recent data

  If you want to view past action "close up", you can ignore, i.e. exclude, any amount of recent data points. To ignore the most recent 100 days, for example, enter "100" in the # days to ignore entry box. From now on, charts will exclude the 100 most recent days. Weekly charts will exclude 20 weeks. Always enter the # of days in this entry box. To restore to viewing all recent data, enter "0" in the # days to ignore entry box.

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