5.1 - Watch Lists

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Watch Lists allow you to track your symbols in a spreadsheet format, and also display any additional information about a given symbol at a quick glance, such as current Bid and Ask values, Volume, Open, High, Low, Close, ExDividend, News Headlines, and much more. eSignal's Watch lists are equivalent to eSignal 10.6's Quote Windows, and QCharts' Quote Sheets. To open a watch list:

  1. In the main Toolbar at the top of eSignal, click "New".
  2. In the drop-down menu that appears, click "Watch List".
  3. You should now see a Watch List window appear within eSignal.

To Edit the Symbols listed in the Watch List, the following options are available:

  • To add a new symbol to your Watch List, click in an empty cell under the first column, and begin typing the symbol you are looking for.
  • If you double-click an empty cell a box will appear with a flashing cursor that also lets you enter a symbol, or you can click the "v" to select from a list of favorite symbols, or you can click the menu button in that box (looks like three horizontal lines) to insert a:
    • Continuous Contract,
    • Spread Expression,
    • Spread/Basket,
    • Simulated Symbol,
    • or to convert the existing symbol to a Composite Symbol.
  • You can replace a symbol in your Watch List with a different one by clicking on the symbol, and begin typing the new one, or by double-clicking the symbol to bring up a box that allows you to clear or edit the symbol in the cell.
  • To delete symbols, click on the symbol you wish to delete, and hit the "Delete" key on your Keyboard, or right-click the symbol and select "Clear" from the menu that appears. This will leave an empty cell behind.
    • If you don't want to have an Empty Cell, then you will need to right-click on the empty cell and in the menu that appears, and select "Delete Row". You can also completely remove that row from the beginning by right-clicking on the symbol and choosing "Delete Row" instead of pressing "Delete" on your Keyboard, or choosing "Clear" from the right-click context menu.
  • You can create Sections/Headers in a Watch List by clicking in an Empty Cell and typing "#" followed by the name of the Section you wish to insert, like #Stocks, #Indicies, #Tech Stocks. These Sections will also have an arrow next to them allowing you to expand or hide that section of symbols. Keep in mind that a Section will expand/hide all symbols between that Section and the next, so if there is a list of symbols you do not want hidden upon clicking the arrow next to the Section, then you need to insert another section above those symbols.

Some other notable things about Watch Lists:

  • In the top left-hand corner of the Watch List window, are two ovals: one is for Symbol Linking, and the other is for Interval Linking.
    • Symbol Linking allows you to link two Windows together, and upon selecting a symbol in one window, it will bring it up in the other. For example, if you have a Watch List and a Chart, then clicking on a symbol like "ICE" in the Watch List, will also pull a chart of the symbol up in the Chart window.
    • For Interval Linking, this works similarly, where some column types you can have in Watch Lists can be tied to a specific interval. This interval can change if, for example, you decide to change a Chart's interval from 60 Minute bars to Daily bars.
  • Also in the top left-hand corner of the Watch List window, you will see two drop down menus:
    • The first drop-down menu allows you to choose between different Symbol Lists, so you can choose to compile different lists for different reasons, like a Stock List for Large Cap stocks, and one for Small Cap, or a list for Stocks, a list for Futures, and a list for Forex. There is also a menu icon next to this that allows you to:
      • Create a New List,
      • Open List,
      • Save List,
      • Save List As,
      • Rename List,
      • Duplicate List, and
      • Remove List.
    • The second drop-down menu allows you to change which set of Headings you want to display. eSignal does provide you with some default headings, including ones for Futures, Stocks, Forex, Dividends, and Portfolio. You can also click the menu icon next to this drop-down menu to do the following:
      • Create a New Heading,
      • Save Heading,
      • Save Heading As,
      • Rename Heading,
      • Duplicate Heading, and
      • Remove Heading.
  • You can enable Summary Mode by clicking the box with lines in it next to the Headings Menu, which wraps the list of stocks around to fit the list within the window, without having to scroll up and down. Instead, the list wraps around to the top of the window in a separate set of columns, so instead of scrolling up and down, you scroll left to right.
  • You can enable Portfolio Mode by clicking the Briefcase icon next to the Headings Menu, to enable you to see your current portfolio, which shows you your current positions and your profit or loss per position. Keep in mind you also need to ensure that the Headings Menu is set to the "Portfolio" option for this to work, and you must have open positions, even if they are fake Paper Trading positions.
  • You can view the Sorting Menu by clicking the two triangles pointing up and down to the right of the Headings Menu, which opens the sorting panel. This allows you to sort by multiple column headings. Simply select your primary sort criteria (Sort by), and then optionally followed by two additional criteria (then by and finally by). There is also an option to Auto-Sort every number of seconds of your choosing, and an option to Include Empty Rows in the sort.
  • To add additional Columns to your Watch List:
    • Right-click on one of the Column headers, and select the "Add Columns..." option from the menu that appears, keeping in mind that whatever Column header you right click on, new Columns will be added to the right of it.
    • After clicking "Add Columns..." the Insert Study/Column/Field window will appear.
    • Search for the name of the column type you wish to add, and select it.
    • Click "Apply" to add the column to your Watch List.
    • Keep in mind you can then add additional column types from this menu, but when you are finished, click "Close" to close the Insert Study/Column/Field window.
    • While hovering over the column type, you will also see a star icon appear. Clicking the star will set it as a Favorite and appear in the Favorites section of the Insert Study/Column/Field window for your quick selection.
  • You can also add columns for EFS Studies in eSignal, including custom ones you have imported. This option will add a column or columns showing the calculated values for your study as the price of the symbol changes in your watchlist.
  • Alerts can be added to a Symbol or to a Study within a Watchlist.
    • To add an Alert to a Symbol, right-click on the symbol and choose "Add Alert..." from the menu that appears.
    • To add an Alert to a Study within a Watch List, right-click in the Watch List window and in the menu that appears, select "Edit Columns..." Then locate and select the study in the Watch List's Edit Columns window, and click on the "Alert" tab to configure an Alert for this study.
  • You can automatically list Regionals, Options, and Futures for a given symbol by right-clicking on a Symbol and selecting "List <symbol> Options", "List <symbol> Regionals", or if it is a future "List <symbol> Futures". This will automatically list all the regional quotes or option chains for a specific security, or view all the monthly contracts for a specific future.
  • You can insert a list of symbols by right-clicking in an empty cell under the symbol column, and selecting "Insert List..." The Insert List window will then appear, giving you three main tabs, plus a fourth tab for importing from a file.
    • Hot List - These are powerful pre-built scans that look through the markets to identify the best trading opportunities and update them automatically every 30 seconds. In addition to viewing Hot Lists in the Watch List, they are also available in a separate Hot List window.
    • Sector List - Provides a list of popular symbols within each Industry and Sector.
    • Index Constituents - Allows you to automatically list the symbol components that make up a particular index, and gives you the option to choose from over 1200+ indices.

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