I like stock charts! They are neat and they display a LOT of data in an easy to read little space. A chart allows humans to visualize enormous amounts of data quickly and easily and lets the computer do all the thinking!
A LONG time ago I saw some great charting from quote.com when they use to have free livecharts with lots of little gizmos that you can put on it. They would update as the stock market moves. I thought it was awesome - but now livecharts is pretty weak and the only way to get those old charts is with Qcharts ($80/m !!!!) and they don't even have some great features like equivolume!! Whats that?!?!
Anyway - I decided to write my own charting program so that I could learn flash and have fun doing it! I wanted to see a nice equivolume
) chart that I could read and didn't cost me anything
or subscriptions and crap. The data is collected by downloading a csv table from yahoo.com (historical data once a day) and a simple webservice to grab the latest quote.
The chart actually grabs ENORMOUS data (about 5 - 6Kb) so that it can accurately calculate moving averages and unusual volume. The data is then passed through at least 4 loops (price scale calculations, candle drawing, moving average calculations, moving average drawing)
The benefits of it all is that the charts can be HUGE! I mean - nothing like you have ever seen gigantic (2000+ pixels wide and infinity high). It'll still have data and candles to display.
They also update in real-time like the old quote.com charts..
Great news is that the file size is small. The actual swf file is nothing more than a label component, some functions, and a movieclip of a dotted line.
Click here to check it out and tell me what you think!
Its a chart of AMAT (Applied Materials).. The highlighted candle means unusual volume (the highest volume candle of the data). The two averages are 26 day (red?) and 12 day (blue?). Together these averages make up MACD.. for those who know anything about stock charts and tech junk