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It's a little after 1pm here in California. The market closed a few minutes ago. We see some post market activity in this window. But there is no activity in my high/low ticker. That's because this window is configured to show events in real time, and the official highs and lows for the day mostly change when the market is open.
Let's create a new window with the same settings. There is only one alert, a new low for NewMarket Corporation, NEU. By default we show the most recent historical alert in the window, then we add new alerts in real time. New windows always start in this real-time mode. Let me add the time column so you can see when this alert occurred.
This is a common problem. Traders see data in the alert window, and they want to save that data to review it later. That's easy to do. Go to our history menu, and select "Save Contents..." You can save the alerts as a CSV file. You can view them later with Microsoft Excel or many other programs.
There is another option. What if the alerts were never visible in your window? You can request historical alerts from our server. Go to our history menu and choose a time frame. "Start" describes the most recent alerts you want to see. By default these appear at the top of the alert window. "End" shows the oldest alerts that you want to see. Let’s look data from the last three days. I'm going to make the time column wider, so you can also see the date of each alert.
As you can see the Trade-Ideas alert server provided us with historical market data. It did not go back 3 days. This window only shows 1,000 alerts at a time. If you want to see more alerts, select "More..." from from our history menu.
Now we see the next batch of alerts. This page starts where the last one left off. And, again, we can see 1,000 alerts in the window.
By the way, you can configure the time column in different ways. Just make the column wider or narrower.
Now let's look at a more interesting example. Let's switch to "Chart Pattern Recognition." When we reconfigure the window, it always goes back to real-time mode. The software remembers the settings from our last historical request, so it's easy to make a similar request.
You can see that I have more than a day's worth of data. That's why I added the date to this column. In fact, this window shows all three days worth of data that I requested. The "More..." menu item is disabled. If you want to see more, you will have to select a different time frame.
I showed you how to save your real-time data. You can do the same thing with historical data. Let's take a look at the BackTesting folder to see what the data looks like. You can see the same columns which were visible in the alert window. We save the time and date in local time, just like in the alert window. We also save this in a different format, which is easy for computer programs to understand. The order of the columns in this file is the same as the order of the columns in your alert windows. The most recent alerts are always at the top, even if you change this order in the alert window. These are ordinary CSV files, which you can load into other programs, too.