Settings & Sharing

There are a variety of general chart settings that you can apply to customise how you view and use Stockopedia charts. These are available using the three menu items in the top right of the Top Toolbar.

Full Screen Mode

By default the Charts are embedded within the Stockopedia website template. But chartists love their charts to be big, so we’ve provided a full screen mode which allows the chart to take over the entire breadth and height of the browser. Click the full screen icon provided to enjoy. You can switch back to regular size again at any time by re-clicking the icon.

Saving, Printing and Sharing

Once you’ve created a chart, you can save, print or share it using the menu options on the Export button. here you can also find options to copy, email or post the chart to social media.

Settings

The way you view and the details you see on Stockopedia charts can be customised using the main Settings button. Clicking this provides a menu of tick-box options for you to choose from.

Log Scale

The default chart scale sets each interval of price on the vertical axis at the same distance apart - called ‘linear’ intervals. Logarithmic (Log) scales, on the other hand, set the intervals at exponentially decreasing intervals.

This is particularly useful when looking at the price performance of shares that have grown exponentially. A share that grows every year by 20% compounded will have an exponentially upward curving share price chart. This can make it hard to see the relative price performance from year to year. Here’s a couple of charts from Domino’s Pizza UK that illustrate this.

The linear chart on the left looks spellbinding and it looks as though the share is accelerating in performance. But using a logarithmic axis we can see a truer story of year on year performance. The log chart on the right normalises the growth from year to year - so a 20% compounded growth chart would effectively display a straight line. In the Domino’s case above, the performance has been remarkable, but we can see that the gradient of the chart has lessened in recent years. Between 2008 to 2016 the growth rate slowed compared to its earlier performance from 2001 to 2008.

% Scale

As the name suggests, a % Scale chart changes the price axis to a percentage scale. With this option, over any set period, the price chart will show the increase or decrease in price percentage terms.

Names

The Names tick-box gives you the option to include or completely remove the information box on the left-side of the chart that tells you which stock names are included on the chart.

The circled colour icon next to each Name also allows the changing of the colour of the price line for that comparison chart. Click the circle and choose a new colour from the menu.

Crosshair

By default, when hovering over a chart you’ll only see your mouse cursor. But for extra precision, you can opt to change this to a Crosshair.

The Crosshair allows you to pinpoint any position in a chart to reveal both the date (in the horizontal axis) and the price (in the vertical axis).

Legend

The Legend option shows the detail on the exact open, high, low, close and volume information for the price bar/point being hovered over. It displays in a black box on hover, which can be useful for understanding the underlying data.

Volume

Clicking the Volume tick-box will reveal an underlay showing the relative volume of shares traded each day. The higher the bars in the Volume chart, the higher the amount of shares traded during that period. Red bars represent days when the share price closed below the previous day’s closing price. Green bars represent the days when the share price closed ahead of the previous day’s close.

Please note that these are displayed on the Main Price Chart, and do not receive their own axis to display the volume amount. If you do want to see the volume amount, we also provide the option to add Volume as an Indicator in its own chart. Click the Indicator menu to see this option.

Today’s price line

Today’s price line is a default setting on charts, but it can be switched off using the tick-box. The line is represented by a dashed line across the chart, with today’s price shown on the vertical axis.