Our Scan Engine searches our entire database for symbols that meet whatever technical criteria you specify. This process is called “scanning,” “searching” or “screening.”
The Predefined Scan Results page contains the results from roughly 80 technical scans designed by StockCharts.com. The scan results are updated every few minutes during the trading day.
The scan results are broken out into three sections in the report: Technical Indicators, Candlestick Patterns and Point and Figure Patterns. Each section is further split into bullish and bearish patterns.
In general, the Predefined Scans are relatively simple examples of what our Scan Engine can do. StockCharts Members can use the Scan Engine to create custom scans with much more complexity.
In the table above, the left column contains the total number of results for that scan. The colored bar shows how that number has changed from the previous day - green means there are more results than yesterday, red means there are fewer results. If you hover the mouse cursor over the colored bar, it will display how many more or fewer results there are today vs. the previous day:
The columns on the right side of the table show the results broken down by exchange and mutual funds. Clicking on the number of results will take you to a page showing the specific results of that scan.
You can view results from the previous 5 trading days by selecting a different timeframe from the “Select a Different Scan Report” dropdown list in the upper right corner of the page.
Once you choose your report timeframe and click on the number of results for a specific predefined scan, you'll be taken to a scan results page that is similar to the custom scan results page.
In the top right corner, click on the “Click here to edit this scan” link to load the scan clauses in the Advanced Scan Workbench. From there, you can customize the scan to suit your own needs, and save it to your account as a custom scan.
Note: you can also load predefined scan clauses directly from the Advanced Scan Workbench. To do this, choose the predefined scan you want from the Predefined Scans dropdown menu in the Scan Components section of the workbench.
Step-By-Step Instructions: Customizing Predefined Scans
Learn More: Advanced Scan Workbench
The Symbol Search feature also searches the Predefined Scan Results for any scans that contain a particular symbol.