User Name: Password:      Register - Lost password?
Search In...
 
 

Categories
  Topics
         A Live Learning/Help Forum
             VIDEOS - TradingClinic.com
                 Mov Avgs (6)
         Currency Futures
         Market Terminology
         Options
         Posting a Forum Chart
         Trade Execution
         Trade Management
         Trading Fundamentals
             Economic Indicators
             Flows/Central Banks
             Risk Aversion
         Trading Psychology
         Trading Technicals
             Charting
         Trading Techniques

  VIDEOS: FOREX TRADING
         Module 1: The Basics of Forex Trading
         Module 2: The Logistics of Forex Trading
         Module 3: The Logistics of Forex Trading Part 2
         Module 4: What Moves the Forex Market
         Module 5: Trading the US Dollar
         Module 6: Trading the Euro
         Module 7: Trading the Japanese Yen

  VIDEOS: Trading Basics
         Module 1: Technical Analysis Basics
         Module 2: Chart Patterns
         Module 3: Technical Indicators
         Module 4: Candlestick Chart Formations
         Module 5: The Psychology of Trading
         Module 6: Money Management
         Module 7: Position Sizing
         Module 8: Intro to Fundamental Analysis
         Module 9: Economic Releases that Move the Markets
         Module 9a: Pulling It All Together


  Help/Learning Forum Topics
 
 

Found In....
 
Category Name: VIDEOS: Trading Basics
 
» Sub-Category Name: Module 1: Technical Analysis Basics
 
 
Lesson 4: Forex, Futures, and Stock Price Charts
By: Informedtrades.com

Lesson 4:  Forex, Futures, and Stock Price Charts

In our last lesson we wrapped up our discussion on Dow Theory. Today we are going to talk about the basics of charts.

The tool of the technician when analyzing the forex, futures, or stock markets is the price chart. Very simply a price chart is a chart showing the movement of the price of a financial instrument over a chosen time. As you can see on the chart below of GOOGLE the bottom or x axis shows the time period which was chosen to display (in this case daily), and the vertical or y axis shows the price of the instrument (in this case the stock price of GOOGLE)

Chart of GOOGLE



Most charts will allow a wide variety of time frames to be displayed and the time frame that technicians choose to use varies widely and depends on each traders trading style. In general, longer term traders will focus on daily time frames and above, and shorter term traders will focus on intraday charts such as hourly or 15 minute charts. Many traders will also use a combination of time frames in order to get a full picture of what price has been doing by, for instance, looking first at a longer term daily chart, then moving to an hourly chart, and then finally to a 15 minute chart.

Types of Charts

Although there are many different types of charts which stock, traders of the stock, futures and forex markets use, the most common, which we will review below, are the line chart, the bar chart, and the candle stick chart.

Line Charts

A line chart is the most basic type of chart as it displays the least amount of data. Very simply, line charts display only the closing price of an instrument and are used by traders who do not care about viewing the open, high, and low prices or when only the close price is available.

Example of a Line Chart:


Bar Charts

In addition to the close price, bar charts also show the open, high, and low prices for the time period selected. The name of the chart comes from the fact that the high and low of the instrument for the time period selected is displayed as a two points connected by a vertical line or bar. The open and close are then displayed as short horizontal lines placed across the vertical lines.

As you can see from the chart below bar charts display a much more detailed picture of the price movement of a particular security than do line charts.

Example of a Bar Chart



Candlestick Charts

Candlestick charts (which are also sometimes referred to as Japanese candlesticks because they originated in Japan) display the most detail for the price movement of a security of the three chart types listed here. A candlestick chart is similar to a bar chart with one significant difference – in addition to displaying the open, high, low and close prices, candlestick charts use different colors to represent when the open is higher than the close and vice versa.

In general when the open price for the time period selected is lower than the close, white or unshaded candle form and when the open is higher than the close a black or shaded candle forms. I say in general here in reference to the colors of the candles as sometimes instead of shaded and un shaded different colors such as red for down days and green for up days are used.

On a candlestick chart the thick or colored part of the data points is referred to as the body of the candle and the thin lines at the top and bottom (which represent the space between the open/close and the high/low for the time period selected are referred to as the wick.

Example of a Candlestick Chart and Candles:




Source: tradetrek.com


You should now have a good understanding of price charts and the main types of charts available to you as a trader. In future lessons we will go into more detail of how to utilize a chart to analyze and place trades. In our next lesson we are going to go over the basics of support and resistance and how we can use these levels to spot potential trading opportunities.

As always if you have any questions please feel free to leave them in the comments section below, and have a great day!

 
 

 



Actionable trading levels delivered LIVE to YOUR charts

GVI Trading. Potential Price Risk Scale
AA: Major, A: High, B: Medium

Mon 27 May 2019
AAGB/US- Holiday
Tue 28 May 2019
A 14:00 US- Consumer Confidence
C 13:00 US- Case-Shiller
Wed 29 May 2019
A 08:55 DE- Employment
AA 18:00 US- BOC Decision
A 18:30 US- EIA Crude
Thu 30 Mar 2019
AAEZ/CH- Holiday
A 12:30 US- Weekly Jobless
Fri 31 Mar 2019
AA 10:00 EZ- Flash HICP
A 12:30 US- Personal Income, Spending, Deflator
AA 14:00 US- Final Univ of Michigan


Global-View Affiliate Program

We are starting an affiliate program to market some of our products.

Send me an email if you would be interested or if you know someone who would like to be an affiliate. Generous commissions payout for those accepted.

Put the word "affiliate" in the email subject line.

Contact us

Start trading with forex broker Markets Cube




pic

Retail Forex Brokerage Changing!

Are you looking for your first broker or do you need of a new one? There are more critical things to consider than you might have thought.

We were trading long before there were online brokers. Global-View has been directly involved with the industry since its infancy. We've seen everything and are up-to-data with recent regulatory changes.

Our Best Brokers listing section includes:Forex Broker Reviews, Forex Broker Directory, Forex Broker Comparisons and advice on How to Choose a Forex Broker

If would like guidance, advice, or have any concerns at all ASK US. We are here to help you.

SEE Our Best Brokers List

Currency Trading Tools

  • Live rates, currency news, fx charts. 

  • Research reports and currency forecasts.

  • Foreign Exchange database and history.

  • Weekly economic calendar.

Directory of  Forex trading tools

 
Terms of Use    Disclaimer    Privacy Policy    Contact    Site Map


Forex Forum
Forex Trading Forum
Forex Forum + forex rates
Forex Forum Archives
Forex Forum RSS
Free Registration

Trading Forums
Currency Forum Guide
Forum Directory
Political Forum
Forex Brokers
Compare Forex Brokers
Forex Broker News
Forex Broker Hotline

Forex Trading Tools
Currency Trading Tools
Forex Database
FX Chart Points
Risk/Carry Trade Chart Points
Economic Calendar
Quicklinks to Economic Data
Currency Futures Swaps
Fibonacci Calculator
Currency Futures Calculator

Forex Education
Forex Learning Center
FX Trading Basics Course
Forex Trading Course
Forex Trading Handbook

Forex Analysis
Forex Forecasts
Interest Rate Forecasts
Central Bank Forecasts

FX Charts and Quotes
Live FX Rates
Live Global Market Quotes
Live Forex Charts
US Dollar Index Chart
Global Chart Gallery
Daily Market Tracker
Forex News
Forex Blog
Forex News
Forex Blog Archives
Forex News RSS
Forex Services
The Amazing Trader
Forex Opportunities
Forex Affiliates
Forex CopyTrading
GVI Forex