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The chart screens load, and I can see the interpretation, but the chart itself doesn't show up. What is wrong?
This will happen if you do not have have your web browser software (Netscape, MSIE, etc.) set to display images. Most web browsers can be set to display graphic images, or to ignore them. Since the charts are graphical images, your browser software must be set to display them. With Netscape Navigator, enable images by selecting "Auto Load Images" under the "Options" menu. If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, you can enable images in the "Options" which you will find under the "View" menu.
The charts don't seem to be up-to-date. Why is that?
There are a number of reasons why this might be true:
  • The dates on the charts will always be at least one day old. The date on the chart is the market closing date of the information included, which is collected after the close of markets. We can't create charts for the present day until after the markets close.
  • The charts are not updated immediately at the close of markets. They will be updated at some time between closing and 9:00 a.m. C.S.T. of the following market day.
  • The chart you are seeing might be "cached". Some dial-up Internet providers, and most web browsers store images and web pages which have been viewed recently in order that they can be retrieved more quickly. For this reason, it is possible that when you load a chart page, it might not actually be coming from our server, but instead might be an old chart coming from your computer's hard drive, or from your Internet provider's hard drives. Most web browsers (Netscape and Microsoft Internet Explorer included) had a "reload" button which will force a chart to be loaded directly from our server. Click on your "reload" button when you suspect the chart might be out of date because of caching.
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I am interested in a security that you don't follow in your charts. Can I have it added?
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