ChartDirector 6.0 (C++ Edition)

Finance Chart Custom Symbols

This example demonstrates adding custom symbols to a finance chart.

The custom symbols are achieved by using XYChart.addScatterLayer to add a scatter layer to the main price chart. The data for the scatter layer is an array of the same length as the timestamps array, which are used to specify the position of the symbols. For trading sessions that do not require symbols, NoValue can be used as the data value.

The scatter symbols in this example are arrows created with Chart::ArrowShape. Different types of symbols are created using different scatter layers. The arrows are positioned at the high or low values, and shifted upwards or downwards with DataSet.setSymbolOffset to avoid overlapping with the candlesticks.

Source Code Listing

[The following code is available in "cppdemo/financesymbols". A MFC version of the code is available in "mfcdemo/mfcdemo" (Windows edition only). A QT version of the code is available in "qtdemo/qtdemo".]
#include "FinanceChart.h"

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
    // Create a finance chart demo containing 100 days of data
    int noOfDays = 100;

    // To compute moving averages starting from the first day, we need to get extra data points
    // before the first day
    int extraDays = 30;

    // In this exammple, we use a random number generator utility to simulate the data. We set up
    // the random table to create 6 cols x (noOfDays + extraDays) rows, using 9 as the seed.
    RanTable *rantable = new RanTable(9, 6, noOfDays + extraDays);

    // Set the 1st col to be the timeStamp, starting from Sep 4, 2014, with each row representing
    // one day, and counting week days only (jump over Sat and Sun)
    rantable->setDateCol(0, Chart::chartTime(2014, 9, 4), 86400, true);

    // Set the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th columns to be high, low, open and close data. The open value
    // starts from 100, and the daily change is random from -5 to 5.
    rantable->setHLOCCols(1, 100, -5, 5);

    // Set the 6th column as the vol data from 5 to 25 million
    rantable->setCol(5, 50000000, 250000000);

    // Now we read the data from the table into arrays
    DoubleArray timeStamps = rantable->getCol(0);
    DoubleArray highData = rantable->getCol(1);
    DoubleArray lowData = rantable->getCol(2);
    DoubleArray openData = rantable->getCol(3);
    DoubleArray closeData = rantable->getCol(4);
    DoubleArray volData = rantable->getCol(5);

    // Custom data series should be of the same length as the OHLC data series
    double *buySignal = new double[closeData.len];
    double *sellSignal = new double[closeData.len];

    // The following is just an arbitrary algorithm to create some meaningless buySignal and
    // sellSignal. They are just for demonstrating the charting engine. Please do not use them for
    // actual trading.
    ArrayMath sma5Calculator(closeData);
    DoubleArray sma5 = sma5Calculator.movAvg(5).result();
    ArrayMath sma20Calculator(closeData);
    DoubleArray sma20 = sma20Calculator.movAvg(20).result();
    for(int i = 0; i < sma5.len; ++i) {
        buySignal[i] = Chart::NoValue;
        sellSignal[i] = Chart::NoValue;
        if (i > 0) {
            if ((sma5[i - 1] <= sma20[i - 1]) && (sma5[i] > sma20[i])) {
                buySignal[i] = lowData[i];
            if ((sma5[i - 1] >= sma20[i - 1]) && (sma5[i] < sma20[i])) {
                sellSignal[i] = highData[i];

    // Create a FinanceChart object of width 640 pixels
    FinanceChart *c = new FinanceChart(640);

    // Add a title to the chart
    c->addTitle("Finance Chart with Custom Symbols");

    // Set the data into the finance chart object
    c->setData(timeStamps, highData, lowData, openData, closeData, volData, extraDays);

    // Add the main chart with 240 pixels in height
    XYChart *mainChart = c->addMainChart(240);

    // Add buy signal symbols to the main chart, using cyan (0x00ffff) upward pointing arrows as
    // symbols
    ScatterLayer *buyLayer = mainChart->addScatterLayer(DoubleArray(), DoubleArray(buySignal,
        closeData.len), "Buy", Chart::ArrowShape(0, 1, 0.4, 0.4), 11, 0x00ffff);
    // Shift the symbol lower by 20 pixels
    buyLayer->getDataSet(0)->setSymbolOffset(0, 20);

    // Add sell signal symbols to the main chart, using purple (0x9900cc) downward pointing arrows
    // as symbols
    ScatterLayer *sellLayer = mainChart->addScatterLayer(DoubleArray(), DoubleArray(sellSignal,
        closeData.len), "Sell", Chart::ArrowShape(180, 1, 0.4, 0.4), 11, 0x9900cc);
    // Shift the symbol higher by 20 pixels
    sellLayer->getDataSet(0)->setSymbolOffset(0, -20);

    // Add a 5 period simple moving average to the main chart, using brown color
    c->addSimpleMovingAvg(5, 0x663300);

    // Add a 20 period simple moving average to the main chart, using purple color
    c->addSimpleMovingAvg(20, 0x9900ff);

    // Add candlestick symbols to the main chart, using green/red for up/down days
    c->addCandleStick(0x66ff66, 0xff6666);

    // Add a volume indicator chart (75 pixels high) after the main chart, using green/red/grey for
    // up/down/flat days
    c->addVolIndicator(75, 0x99ff99, 0xff9999, 0x808080);

    // Append a 14-days RSI indicator chart (75 pixels high) after the main chart. The main RSI line
    // is purple (800080). Set threshold region to +/- 20 (that is, RSI = 50 +/- 25). The
    // upper/lower threshold regions will be filled with red (ff0000)/blue (0000ff).
    c->addRSI(75, 14, 0x800080, 20, 0xff0000, 0x0000ff);

    // Output the chart

    //free up resources
    delete rantable;
    delete[] buySignal;
    delete[] sellSignal;
    delete c;
    return 0;