When I saw pictures of A.J.'s graphs I decided to go back into my charting application to see how difficult it would be to do something similar in addition to the simple line plots I had. It wasn’t too difficult to add even though I ran into other issues that slowed me down some. So, I added a price plot that shows the high, low and close for each month. At that point it was very simple to do monthly OHLC (open-high-low-close) and candlestick plots as well. Before there were two options for chart style, daily line with a PE range and quarterly price and earnings line plots. Now there are six price plot options that can be mixed with earnings line or PE range plots.
I didn’t want to put that many options on the main screen so I added an Options item to the menu strip that will bring up an options panel that allows for plot color changes, a choice of the six price plot types and the two earnings/PE plot types.
Saul mentioned that one nice thing about his paper plots was that it was easy to compare two (or more?) companies by just pulling out another chart. It’s also simple enough to do that with this application by simply starting another copy of the program.
This picture shows four copies running at once on my screen just to show the ability to compare and to show some of the plot type combinations. Also shown is an Options panel.
The new version of the application is on Google Drive in the same folder as before. Here’s the link again.
Hopefully this is the last version for a while (or ever). I started this project because I thought it was something I might use and I wanted to improve my Windows/c# coding skills. While I have been coding for a long time, I’ve only recently tried to do Windows applications. So, this was a good exercise. I’m enjoying using it so far and believe I will continue to get use out of it. I hope a few others find it useful as well. I’m pretty sure I won’t convert Saul, and that was never my goal. While I think this program can give a similar visual picture of what price and earnings are doing, what it can’t do it get the relevant numbers and relationships into the brain as deeply as doing manual charts. That forces you to actually think about the numbers as you plot them…or at least I believe that it would.
One last note…I don’t remember if I mentioned this earlier, but if anyone does use this application it’s simple to share earnings values with someone. A list of date and EPS values (separtated by a comma, space or tab) can be pasted into the panel used to add earnings/companies. To capture them from the application just drag the mouse pointer across the Date and EPS columns and rows, the press CTRL+C to copy. Then paste them into a post, e-mail, etc. to share. To add shared values into the application just click in the box on the Add panel and use CTRL+V to paste.
For example, the numbers for BOFI would look like this…
04/30/2015 1.35 01/29/2015 1.26 11/04/2014 1.20 08/07/2014 1.09 05/06/2014 1.00 02/05/2014 0.91 11/05/2013 0.85 08/07/2013 0.78 05/07/2013 0.74 02/06/2013 0.70 11/08/2012 0.67 08/09/2012 0.64 05/03/2012 0.58 02/02/2012 0.54 11/08/2011 0.58
Comments, criticisms or questions are welcome.