BigCharts.com has been a long-time stalwart among technical analysis and charting sites, consistently ranking among the most popular online charting services. This free site blends together free charting, a library of key technical indicators, market and company news, historical quotes, and industry analysis.
BigCharts.com offers users several charting options: quick charts, advanced charts and interactive Java charts.
With quick charts, you enter a ticker symbol and specify the timeframe to generate a chart. Quick charts do not support the plotting of multiple securities simultaneously, and the indicators and studies automatically drawn with the chart are those saved in the chart settings.
The advanced charts provide additional features. You have the option of selecting a predefined time period or specifying a custom time period. Intraday data is available in one-, five-, 15- and 60-minute increments; daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly frequencies are also offered. With each chart, you can select from a library of over 30 technical indicators and studies—including stochastics, relative strength index RSI, Bollinger bands, and the MACD (moving average convergence/divergence). Perhaps the only negative attribute of the entire site is the inability to modify the parameters of technical indicators. Users can only alter the time periods of moving averages displayed on their charts.
There are also seven options for chart type, including open, high, low, close; high, low, close; candlesticks; and bar charts. Depending on the security or index you choose, data is available going back to 1976. Once you have made your setting choices, you can save them for future use.
With the site’s interactive Java charts, you can plot a variety of time frames, although you do not have the ability to plot a custom time frame as you do with the advanced charts. You have the same collection of indicators from which to choose and, again, you are only able to modify the moving averages. The most useful feature of the Java charts is the ability to draw custom trendlines.
For historical quotes, you specify a ticker and date and BigCharts.com provides the open, high, low and closing prices, as well as the volume for that date. However, you cannot view data for a range of dates or export historical data.
BigCharts.com has the ability to deliver custom charts to users via e-mail on a daily or weekly basis, or when viewing a chart through your browser. Both options require that the recipient of the charts have HTML-enabled e-mail software.
The site also offers 12 BigReport “scans” that identify U.S. and Canadian stocks with the largest percentage changes in price or volume, as well as the most active stocks and those reaching 52-week highs or lows.
BigChart.com’s solid collection of free charting capabilities makes it an excellent choice for beginner and intermediate technicians.
This review is the subjective opinion of an Investimonials member and not of Investimonials LLC
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