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Single Panel

This basic format is often the best way to convey a single idea.

This is a 9Kb Thumbnail of a standard landscape line chart.

A bar chart is the most common way to represent specific stocks and commodities. Daily data can be compressed to weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual bars if desired. Available with or without volume, and with or without open, depending on the data series.

This is a 8Kb Thumbnail of a standard bar chart.
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This variation on the O/H/L/C bar chart fills the body of each bar depending on whether the close is above or below the open. Because of the width of the body, it does not lend itself to many bars per chart. (No sample)

This Edson Gould variation on Point & Figure charts makes an X on up days and an O on down days. It doesn't matter whether the market is up 5% or 0.5%, it's still one X. It is useful for discerning persistent buying or selling pressures. (No sample)

We can overlay any two series on the same time frame. Either scale can be logarithmic or arithmetic (any combination). This provides an excellent way to graphically depict series that are correlated.

Multiple Panel

This format allows you to compare significantly different shapes. In the Landscape example below, the oscillator is drawn in the upper panel on an arithmetic scale, while the price is drawn in the lower panel on a logarithmic scale. Up to a dozen panels can be drawn, but the practical limit is four to six panels per chart. All the panels share the same time scale.


Comparable Log Scale



A Histogram is a chart made up of vertical bars. One example of a histogram would be the volume panel of the bar chart above. This format is excellent for portraying offsetting measures such as New Highs and Lows.

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Last modified: April 06, 2005