Bar Charts

Technical analysis charts

How to read stock charts - Bar Graphs and Charts

Bar charts or Bar graphs,  show the changes in price for each
time segmentfor the setting you are viewing but give a reader a bit more information than a simple line chart. 

Click in the box at the bottom right of our interactive AVAFX chart below, and select Bar to see an example of a bar chart.

This chart is set on Hourly  so for a bar-chart that means that every 1 hour a price will register on the chart and the bar will show opening, high, low and closing prices that the stock has been traded at for that particular hour. The value of the next bar will then fluctuate as the price move until the end of the next hour at which point the next bar is sealed, and so on.

The following charts are examples of an up bar and a down bar and each show the price range that market has traded at for that particular time segment.

  • Up bar   -  where the market has risen and the closing price is higher than the opening price
  • Down bar  -  Where the market has fallen and the closing price is below the opening price
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So these charts are very useful for short, and long term technical analysis stock trading, or to back up another form of stock picking. As you can see, just as with Japanese candlestick charts,  these charts give us far more information than the basic line charts.

You can see the exact values for each bar on the chart below, by hovering your cursor above any of the bars that you want to see the details for.



Technical Analysis Charts - Bar Charts Explained

This particular chart show live prices courtesy of Avafx and can be changed to show various different trading instruments such as stock indexes, commodities and various foreign currency trading pairs. All you need to do to change it is select from the range of instruments programmed in to the instrument box.

Time settings can be adjusted by selecting from the period box and the charts can be viewed in the different formats by selecting from the view box on the bottom right.

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