StockCharts' original, award-winning financial charting tool

SharpCharts, our award-winning bar/candlestick charting program, is the signature tool of and the most widely used feature of the website.

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A SharpChart is a technical chart that plots price values for a ticker symbol (“dataset”) over time. SharpCharts has a large number of chart settings that can be used to customize the chart, as well as a huge collection of technical indicators and overlays that can be added. A complete description of all of the chart types and technical indicators supported by SharpCharts can be found in the ChartSchool area of our website.

SharpCharts are sent to your web browser as a regular Internet image file (in “png” format), meaning that you can treat a SharpChart exactly the same as you would treat any other Internet-based image. You can copy and paste it into other documents, save it to your hard disk or a photo-organizing program, email it to friends, draw on it with a drawing program, and much more.

Furthermore, you do not have to install any additional browser plug-ins or other software in order to view our charts; they can be viewed on any Internet-connected device that has a web browser.

Creating a SharpChart

SharpCharts can be created using the “Create-a-Chart Bar” found at the top of every page on the website. Simply enter the ticker symbol of the stock you are interested in (or part of its name if you don't know the symbol), select “SharpChart” from the left-side dropdown (if it isn't already selected), and press Enter (or click “Go”).

SharpCharts Format

All SharpCharts have several common visual elements regardless of their settings. The diagram below shows each of these features on a typical SharpChart.

The common elements in SharpCharts are as follows:

1— The Main Ticker symbol

2— The Chart Header area

3— The Price Plot area

4— The Horizontal Time axis

5— The Primary Vertical axis

6— (Optional) A Secondary Vertical axis

7— (Optional) One or more Technical Overlays

8— (Optional) One or more Technical Indicator panels

The information displayed in the Chart Header varies depending on the chart configuration, but, at a minimum, it includes the following:

  • The Ticker Symbol of the dataset that is displayed in the Price Plot area

  • The Date and Time of the latest data point (using the time zone of the exchange)

  • Open, High, Low, and Close (OHLC) values of the latest data point

  • Volume for the latest data point

  • Change in price since the previous close (see our Percent Change FAQ for more information)

The SharpCharts Workbench

The SharpCharts Workbench is our flagship charting tool, where you can create, view, share, modify, annotate, and save all your charts.

StockCharts Mobile App

For accessing SharpCharts on the go, we recommend our StockCharts Mobile App, available for iOS and Android devices.

This app allows you to quickly view your saved charts or create a new chart on the fly.

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