1. Analyzing Chart Patterns: Introduction
  2. Analyzing Chart Patterns: Why Charts?
  3. Analyzing Chart Patterns: Head And Shoulders
  4. Analyzing Chart Patterns: Cup And Handle
  5. Analyzing Chart Patterns: Double Top And Double Bottom
  6. Analyzing Chart Patterns: Triangles
  7. Analyzing Chart Patterns: Flags And Pennants
  8. Analyzing Chart Patterns: The Wedge
  9. Analyzing Chart Patterns: Gaps
  10. Analyzing Chart Patterns: Triple Tops And Bottoms
  11. Analyzing Chart Patterns: Round Bottoms
  12. Analyzing Chart Patterns: Conclusion

Ever looked at the chart of a stock or commodity? Most likely, you have. Just about everyone who has ever analyzed a security takes a look at the price movements of the past month, quarter, year, etc.

For many analysts, the chart of a security is the starting point for all future analysis. Even staunch critics of technical analysis use charts to some extent. And for good reason: charts can provide a lot of information in a small amount of time.

[ Investopedia Academy offers an in-depth video course that teaches identification of chart patterns.  Watch the trailer now for the Technical Analysis course. ]

Taking a look at the five-year chart of a company, you can quickly determine how well shareholders have done over the period. Based on the movements represented on the chart, one can tell if a company's share value has grown over the period or lagged.

The chart reader also can determine the volatility of the company's shares by looking at the movements on the chart. A company whose stock exhibits very jagged up-and-down movements is clearly more volatile than a company whose stock moves relatively smoothly across time.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of how charts are used by market participants. In this tutorial, we'll introduce you to some of the more advanced uses of charts.


Analyzing Chart Patterns: Why Charts?
Related Articles
  1. Trading

    Beginner's Guide To Stockcharts.com

    Stockcharts.com is one of the most relied-upon websites for technical traders and chartists. Learn how to navigate the charting tools.
  2. Financial Advisor

    Moving Average

    Learn about this basic technical indicator and how you can use it to chart the value of a security's price over a set period.
Frequently Asked Questions
  1. How is direct cost margin calculated?

    Find out how to calculate the direct cost margin, including how it is used in corporate finance as an indicator of operational ...
  2. What role does a correspondent bank play in an international transaction?

    Understand what a correspondent bank is and how it operates to facilitate currency exchange and financial transactions between ...
  3. What is the difference between consumer surplus and economic surplus?

    Learn the difference between consumer surplus and economic surplus, how the concepts are related and the important theoretical ...
  4. How much impact does government regulation have on the automotive sector?

    Learn about how government regulation affects the automotive industry in terms of design, safety features, fuel-economy and ...
Trading Center