StockChartsACP

StockChartsACP

Overview

StockChartsACP (“ACP” stands for “Advanced Charting Platform”) is our newest full-screen, streaming charting tool, built to serve as a comprehensive, interactive technical charting platform with a wide range of dynamic capabilities. More than just a charting workbench - with StockChartsACP, you can have up to nine interactive chart panels on the screen at once, each displaying a different chart.

StockChartsACP allows you to:

  • Create advanced technical charts, choosing from dozens of indicators, overlays, display settings and color schemes.
  • Display multiple charts on screen at once, using StockChartsACP Layouts.
  • Save your charts and settings in your account for on-the-go access.
  • Take advantage of StockChartsACP Plug-ins, which supercharge your StockChartsACP experience with additional chart indicators.
  • Trade without leaving StockChartsACP, using our new Tradier integration.

Note: For our long-time SharpCharts fans, rest assured that StockChartsACP will be offered alongside our traditional SharpCharts tool. The two are designed to complement each other. The SharpCharts you've always known and loved aren't going anywhere!

Accessing StockChartsACP

The quickest way to access StockChartsACP is by simply creating a StockChartsACP chart. There are a number of ways to do this:

  • Using the “Create a Chart” bar at the top of any of our web pages. First, change the dropdown from “SharpChart” to “ACP”, then enter the ticker symbol you wish to chart and press the “Go” button.
  • Clicking on the “ACP” link at the bottom of the SharpCharts Workbench.
  • Clicking on the “ACP” icon which is located on most of our report pages, including the Market Summary, Sector Summary, and more.
  • Clicking on “Charts & Tools” at the top of any page, then entering a ticker symbol into the “StockChartsACP” section of that page.
  • Clicking on the “StockChartsACP” link in the “Member Tools” area of Your Dashboard.

Any of these actions will load a chart for the ticker symbol in StockChartsACP.

Note: For best results, we recommend using StockChartsACP with Chrome or Firefox.

Parts of StockChartsACP

There are several important areas of the StockChartsACP Platform:

  1. The Chart Area: display one or multiple StockChartsACP charts.
  2. The Basic Chart Settings Menu: change the symbol, period, range, and chart type.
  3. The Save Button: save your charts to StockChartsACP ChartLists for later study.
  4. The Platform Settings Menu: change StockChartsACP settings like full screen, crosshairs, and more.
  5. The Chart Design Menu: configure chart settings, add indicators, change the color scheme or chart style, annotate your chart, or configure multi-chart layouts.
  6. The Chart Actions Menu: share, print, and more.
  7. The Symbol Selection Menu: find additional symbols to chart from a variety of sources, including your own SharpCharts and StockChartsACP ChartLists.
  8. The Platform Integrations Menu: extend the functionality of StockChartsACP with plug-ins and in-line trading functionality.
  9. The Chart Control Buttons: move back and forth in the chart with fine-grained control.
  10. The List Drawer: when expanded, this bottom panel allows you to view and edit your StockChartsACP ChartLists.

The use of each of these sections is described below.

Creating a New Chart in StockChartsACP

We've already mentioned several ways to create a new StockChartsACP chart from other places on the StockCharts site, but you can also create a new chart from within StockChartsACP.

Using the Symbol Box

To change the ticker symbol on the current chart, simply type a new ticker symbol in the “Symbol” box at the top of the page. A dropdown menu will suggest possible symbols. StockChartsACP uses the same data and same ticker symbol conventions as SharpCharts and other StockCharts charting tools. Press Enter to load a chart with your selected ticker symbol.

Using the Symbol Selection Menu

You can also use the Symbol Selection menu on the right side of the screen to find additional ticker symbols to chart. This menu provides access not only to your own ChartLists, Scans, and Alerts, but also to symbols from our standard reports, including the Market Summary, SCTRs, Market Movers lists, Ticker Cloud, and more. Click on a symbol on any of these lists in order to launch a StockChartsACP chart for that symbol.

Adding Multiple Charts with StockChartsACP Layouts

By default, only one chart is displayed in the StockChartsACP tool, but currently, members can display up to 12 charts at once using StockChartsACP Layouts. This section provides a brief overview of this functionality, but please see our StockChartsACP Layouts article in the Support Center for more detailed instructions.

Additional charts can be added one at a time by clicking the “plus” icon at the top of the page. To add multiple charts at once, click the grid icon on the Chart Design menu, choose the total number of charts in the layout, then choose the arrangement of the charts.

To change the symbol on one of the charts in your StockChartsACP Layout, click on the chart and ensure that there is a green border around the edge of the chart. Then change the symbol as usual. In the example below, the CSCO chart on the right is the currently-selected one.

If you have more than one chart in your layout that has the same ticker symbol, Sync Mode allows you to change the symbol for all those charts at once. By default, Sync Mode is disabled and each chart's symbol is updated independently. To turn on Sync Mode, click the Checkerboard icon at the top of the screen or check the Symbol checkbox on the Layouts tab.

Note: Only StockCharts members can add chart panels in StockChartsACP. Free users will be limited to a single-chart layout.

Learn More: StockChartsACP Layouts

Anatomy of a StockChartsACP Chart

All StockChartsACP charts have several common visual elements regardless of their settings. These common elements include:

  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 diagram below shows each of these features on a typical StockChartsACP chart:

The information displayed in the Chart Header varies depending on the chart configuration but, at a minimum (with the “Slim” chart header configuration), it includes:

  • Ticker symbol of the dataset displayed in the Price Plot area
  • Date and time of the latest data point (using the time zone of the exchange)
  • Closing value of the latest data point
  • Change in price since the previous close (see our Percent Change article for more information)

The Standard and Full Quote chart header settings show more detailed information about the symbol. Note that if the chart is very narrow, the Slim header will be shown, regardless of the Chart Header setting chosen.

Viewing Charts in StockChartsACP

There are a number of platform features available to customize your chart-viewing experience on StockChartsACP.

Auto-Refresh

Charts are automatically refreshed during market hours. Charts for logged-in members can refresh every 5 seconds; non-members' charts can refresh every 10 seconds.

Note: Viewing a large number of charts simultaneously may slow down the refresh rate slightly.

Scrolling and Chart Control Buttons

To move backward or forward inside the chart, click and hold the left mouse button while dragging the chart to left or right.

When you mouse over the bottom of the chart panel, you'll see three buttons (the Chart Control buttons) that allow you to move backward and forward on the chart. Use the left and right arrow buttons to scroll forward or backward one bar at a time. Clicking the icon with an arrow and a line will take you back to today's date.

Note: The left and right arrow keys on your keyboard can also be used to scroll forward or backward one bar at a time.

Zooming In/Out

To zoom in on the chart for a more close-up view, use the scroll wheel of your mouse or the standard scrolling gestures on your trackpad/touchscreen. This removes bars from the left side of the chart, allowing the remaining bars to be larger. Scroll in the opposite direction to zoom back out again.

Note: If Fit-to-Window mode is disabled on your chart, you will need to press and hold the Ctrl key while scrolling in order to zoom in or out.

Crosshairs Mode

Similar to SharpCharts Inspector, the crosshairs functionality allows you to see price and indicator values for each bar on the chart. Click the target icon in the Platform Settings menu at the top of the screen to turn on crosshairs mode; then mouse over the date in question. The OHLC values at the top of the screen will change as you mouse over different dates, as will the overlay and indicator values in the chart legend.

To revert to today's price and indicator values in the legend, simply click the target icon again to turn off Crosshairs Mode.

Fit-to-Window Mode

Fit-to-Window mode ensures that your entire chart is visible on the screen at one time, without the need for scrolling. When this mode is disabled, the height of your chart can extend beyond the browser window to give your indicators more vertical space; you can scroll to move the chart up or down in the browser window.

By default, Fit-to-Window mode is enabled. Click the Fit-to-Window icon (the one with two arrows pointing to each other) located in the Platform Settings menu at the top of the screen to disable or enable this mode.

Fullscreen Mode

Clicking the Fullscreen Mode icon in the Platform Settings menu at the top of the screen will expand the StockChartsACP platform to take up the entire screen. Click the icon again to return to the previous browser window size.

Enlarging a Chart in a Multi-Chart Layout

When you have multiple charts in your layout, you can expand one of the charts to cover the entire layout area, in order to see that chart in more detail. Mouse over the chart you want to enlarge and click the Maximize button (the one with two arrows pointing in opposite directions) next to the Chart Control Buttons at the bottom of the chart.

To reduce the chart back down to its normal size in the layout, mouse over the chart again to display the Chart Control Buttons, and click the Shrink button (the one with two arrows pointing towards each other).

Sharing StockChartsACP Charts

Much like SharpCharts, your carefully-crafted StockChartsACP charts can be shared with others. Use Permalinks to send a chart to others electronically, Download to save the chart as an image file, or use our Print functionality to create a paper copy of the chart.

To create a permanent link (“permalink”) to one of your charts, simply load the chart in StockChartsACP and then click the Share button in the Chart Actions menu at the bottom left.

A popup will be launched that contains a short URL. Click the green Copy Link button to put the URL in your clipboard, then paste it into emails, social media, and more, to share the chart with others.

Note: If you're using a multi-chart layout, be sure to click on the chart you want to link to before clicking the Share button. The currently-selected chart will have a light blue border around the edge of the chart.

Downloading StockChartsACP Charts

To save the chart as a PNG image file, click the camera icon in the Chart Actions menu at the bottom left. Select “Download as PNG” to download the image file.

If you are using a multi-chart layout, all charts in the layout will be included in the image file.

Printing StockChartsACP Charts

To print out your chart, click the camera icon in the Chart Actions menu at the bottom left, and select “Print Chart”. In the standard print window that opens, adjust your printer settings and print as usual.

If you are using a multi-chart layout, all charts in the layout will be printed when you use this feature.

Note: In order to see the print window, make sure that your browser is configured to allow pop-up windows.

Modifying Charts in StockChartsACP

With StockChartsACP, you can customize your charts to meet your particular investing needs. StockCharts offers three main types of customization: editing individual chart settings, using a ChartStyle for quickly configuring a chart, and adding custom annotations to the chart.

Editing StockChartsACP Chart Settings

This section will give you a brief overview of the kinds of customizations you can make to your StockChartsACP charts. Please see our Editing StockChartsACP Charts article in the Support Center for more detailed instructions.

From the Basic Chart Settings menu at the top of the screen, you can change the symbol for the chart, as well as setting the period, range, and chart type.

Clicking the Chart Settings icon in the Chart Design menu on the left (as shown above) gives you access to a wealth of other chart settings. In the panel that slides out, you can add and configure indicators and overlays for your chart.

The top of the Chart Settings panel has an outline of the chart, showing the position of all indicators and overlays that are currently in use on the chart.

Click on the symbol name or gear icon at the top of the chart outline in order to change the chart scale, legend, price and event labels, and more. Mouse over an indicator in the chart outline and click the indicator name or gear icon to change settings for that indicator. You can also click on the symbol name or the indicator name in the legend of the chart itself to access these settings.

Indicator panels can be moved above or below the chart (or added to the main price plot as an overlay) by clicking and dragging on the legend for that indicator panel. Panels can also be moved by clicking the “equals sign” icon next to the indicator name in the chart outline and dragging the indicator to the desired position in the outline.

The color scheme of your chart can be changed with a click of a button by accessing the Color Schemes menu. Click the Paint Can icon in the Chart Design menu, then select from dozens of stylish color schemes.

Learn More: Editing StockChartsACP Charts

Using StockChartsACP ChartStyles

If you find yourself using the same chart settings over and over again, then StockChartsACP ChartStyles can help streamline your chart-creation process. A brief overview of ChartStyles is provided here; please see our StockChartsACP ChartStyles article in the Support Center for more detailed instructions.

ChartStyles are collections of chart settings that can be used as “templates” for creating new charts or updating existing charts. A ChartStyle specifies the chart's period, date range, chart type, color scheme, overlays, indicators - basically everything except the chart's symbol. Applying a ChartStyle to a chart allows you to quickly configure all those settings with one click.

StockCharts offers several predefined ChartStyles for your use. These styles are useful for different trading strategies, chart timeframes, and trading styles. We also offer the ChartStyles of some of your favorite charting experts.

To apply one of these ChartStyles to your StockChartsACP chart, simply click the Paintbrush icon in the Chart Design menu on the left. Choose your desired ChartStyle from the panel that pops out, and it will be applied to the currently-selected chart.

These predefined styles can be used as-is or serve as a starting point for creating your own custom ChartStyles.

To create your own, simply configure a chart with all the desired chart settings, indicators, color schemes, etc., then click the green “Save ChartStyle” button at the bottom of the ChartStyles panel. Your custom ChartStyles will be listed at the top of the panel.

Learn More: StockChartsACP ChartStyles

Annotating StockChartsACP Charts

StockChartsACP offers annotation capabilities for your charts, including trendlines, shapes, text, and popular line studies. You can access this functionality from the “pencil and ruler” icon on the Chart Design menu:

From this menu, you can choose the annotation you want to draw and change settings specific to that annotation (e.g. line color and width for trendlines, font color and size for text annotations, etc.). For most annotations, once the annotation has been selected, you simply click and drag on the chart to draw the annotation.

When you annotate a chart and then save that chart to a ChartList, all your annotations are saved along with the chart.

Learn More: StockChartsACP Annotations

Saving Charts in StockChartsACP

StockChartsACP charts can be saved into ChartLists - online “folders” that allow members to store up to 500 charts in a single list. ChartLists allow you to group and organize your collections of saved charts for easy access. The basics of saving charts are covered here; please see our StockChartsACP ChartLists article in the Support Center for more detailed instructions on saving charts and using ChartLists.

Note: Only StockCharts members can use ChartLists. Basic members can have just 1 ChartList, while Extra members can have up to 250 different ChartLists and Pro members can have 350.

The current chart can be saved to your ChartList by clicking the Save icon (cloud with an up arrow) at the top of your screen. You will be prompted to choose a ChartList and provide a name for the saved chart. Notes about the chart can also be added here.

Viewing Saved Charts

To view a StockChartsACP chart that you have saved to a ChartList, click on the ChartLists icon at the top of the Symbol Selection menu on the right. This will open a panel showing your saved charts. Sort the list by clicking on one of the headers at the top of the list. Click on a symbol to launch that saved chart. To see a different ChartList, click the up/down arrow icon next to the ChartList name and select the desired ChartList.

At the bottom of this panel are buttons allowing you to add symbols to the current list, edit the current list, delete the current list, or create a new list. The blue button opens the List Drawer at the bottom of the screen. From this drawer, you can view more detailed information about the symbols in your ChartList on the Summary tab, view and edit notes about your ChartList on the Notes tab, and edit the symbols on your ChartList on the Edit tab.

Learn More: StockChartsACP ChartLists

Creating Price Alerts from StockChartsACP

Members can set price alerts for the symbols they're watching without leaving ACP. These alerts will notify you when a symbol crosses above or below a specified price. Learn more about alerts in our Technical Alerts documentation in the Support Center.

Creating a price alert from ACP is simple. Start by clicking on the Bell icon in the Chart Actions Menu at the bottom left of the screen. This opens the Create Alert panel on the left side of ACP.

There are just a few fields to fill in when setting up your price alert:

  • Symbol: The price alert automatically uses the symbol of the currently-selected chart.
  • Trigger: Choose whether you want to be alerted when the price crosses above or below the specified price.
  • Price: There are two ways to fill the Price field. You can simply type in the deired price, or you can select a price by clicking with your mouse at that price level on the chart itself. The crosshairs are automatically turned on when you open the Create Alert panel; this can help you determine the exact price level to click on.
  • Notification Type: You can choose to be alerted via email, text message, or website notification when the specified price level is reached. Click the Update Phone Number link if you need to change the mobile number where you will receive text alerts.

Click the green Save Alert button at the bottom of the panel to save your alert. Once created, your price alerts can be managed in the Alert Center. To access the Alert Center, click the grey View Your Alerts button at the bottom of the panel.

Note: If you have chosen Website for your alert's notification type, you can see these notifications in ACP. Click the Double Bell icon in the Symbol Selection menu on the right. In the Alerts panel that opens, any alert notifications will be displayed in the Your Alerts section on this panel.

Learn More: Technical Alerts

StockChartsACP Plug-Ins

Our plug-ins allow you to extend the functionality of StockChartsACP, adding specialized indicators to the platform. Both free and paid plug-ins are available, and more are being added all the time.

To add a StockChartsACP plug-in to your account, click the Plug-In Icon on the Platform Integrations menu at the bottom right. A panel will open up showing many of our plug-ins. Click the “Get the Plug-In” button for more information on a specific plug-in, or click the “See All Plug-Ins” button at the bottom for a complete list.

Once you've found the plug-in you want to try, click the “Install Now” button (for free plug-ins) or “Buy Now” button (for paid plug-ins). Provide payment information for the paid plug-ins when prompted.

Note: When purchasing plug-ins, be sure to use the same email address that you use for your StockCharts account, so we know which account to install the plug-in on.

A popup window will let you know the plug-in has been successfully installed on your account. It will be available for immediate use when you re-launch StockChartsACP.

Learn More: StockChartsACP Plug-Ins

Trading from StockChartsACP

StockCharts now offers convenient trading from StockChartsACP through an extension from Tradier. To get started, click the Tradier icon on the Platform Integrations menu at the bottom right. Log in to your Tradier broker account or set up a new account and link it to your StockCharts account.

Then you'll be able to view your portfolio and make trades from within StockChartsACP. Click on the Tradier icon to see a summary of accounts in the panel on the right. For details, click the “Open Trading Drawer” button at the bottom of the panel.

For assistance with setting up a Tradier brokerage account or making trades, please contact Tradier support directly.

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