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Follow up on yesterday’s post, making the charts even easier

After playing around a little more with Firefox and Yahoo Charts as I talked about yesterday, I found that the easiest way to keep from having to go through setting up the three tools for each stock was to copy the url of an existing chart after it was set up. Then click File – New Tab and paste the url into the address bar. Before you hit the go or Enter button, change the part of the url that has the stock symbol.

For example, if I was looking at Fastenal’s chart I would see this in the url: …#chart1:symbol=fast;…

Simply replace ‘fast’ with ‘chs’ if you want to see the Chicos chart. It would look like this: …#chart1:symbol=chs;…. Be sure not to remove any of the other punctuation from the url. After you have entered the new stock symbol, click the green Go button and it will show the new chart.

Keep track of your Big Moat investments in less than 15 minutes a week

If you have invested in Big Moat stocks or have a few that you’re watching for the three tools to show a buy then its a good idea to stay on top of these stocks on a daily basis. Below is a method that will allow you to do this automatically without having to even think about it. Follow the steps below to set up your browser to automatically load the charts and tools for all of the stocks you’re tracking.

  1. Download and install Firefox as your browser if you don’t already have it installed because this technique works best with a tabbed browser.
  2. Browse to the new Yahoo! Finance Charts
  3. Type the symbol of the stock to chart in the upper left corner and click Get Chart.
  4. Hover your mouse over the Technical Indicators button and a menu will expand. Click Simple Moving Average and the box to configure the MA will be shown.
  5. Enter 30 for the Line 1 Period and 50 for the Line 2 period and click the Draw button. This will allow you to track the stock’s price movement against both the 30 and 50 period moving average.
  6. Hover over the Technical Indicators button again and select MACD.
  7. Change the MACD values to 8, 17, 9 as suggested in the book and click Draw.
  8. Hover over the Technical Indicators button one more time and select Slow Stochastics.
  9. Change the slow stochastics values to 14, 5 and click Draw.
  10. In the bottom right hand code select the time frame for the stock history that you prefer to view. I find the 3 month or 6 month view to be best to give a better picture of the overall trend while also allowing the ability to see if the indicator has crossed the line more clearly.
  11. Next, in the Firefox menu bar, select File and click New Tab. Repeat the steps above for each stock you want to track so that each are shown in its own tab.
  12. Once you have the charts for each stock set up, click Tools and then Options in the Firefox menu to display the browser options box.
  13. Click the General button in the options window if it isn’t already selected.
  14. Finally, in the Home Page section, click the Use Current Pages button.
  15. Click OK to close the Options window.

The next time you start Firefox, the browser will automatically load the chart for each of the stocks you’re tracking. It may take a little extra time to setup the charts because there’s not yet a way to save your Yahoo! Charts setup but once you have it done then you’ll automatically load the charts each time you start your browser. By doing this, it will probably take you less than 15 minutes a week to check on the state of your Big Moat investments.

Move over MSN, Yahoo Charts are here

The new version of Yahoo Finance Charts are available and they sure are pretty!

With this version you can set up the Moving Average, MACD, and Slow Stochastics exactly as defined in the Big Moat book. Best of all is that all three can be available on one screen which was not the case with MSN charts. Another big reason to switch is because the charts work in Firefox so you aren’t limited to Internet Explorer as with the MSN charts. If you aren’t using Firefox, well you should be using Firefox.