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Market Analyst FAQ

Market Analyst versions 3 and above has the ability to read data from Premium Data and Data Tools and Premium Forex natively using its inbuilt support of the MetaStock data format. This FAQ has a number of items:

Setting up Market Analyst version 5 and above to read data from Premium Data
Setting up Market Analyst versions 2 through 4.5 to read data from Premium Data
Some securities appear to have limited data history/data missing
New folders/contracts/markets appear to be missing within Market Analyst
Charts showing incorrect data after reinstalling data
Copying Workbooks from one PC to another
Reinstalling data and workbook corruption
Single folder versus alphabetical folders
Dow Jones Industrial Average not showing data correctly

Setting up Market Analyst version 5 and above to read data from Premium Data

The following steps will show you how to set up Market Analyst to read the data from Premium Data, DataTools or Premium Forex.

Click on the File -> Import Data button Files (circled in as shown below):


Market Analyst now wants to know which folder tree to search. By default, all of Norgate's data is stored in C:\Trading Data. Set the name as Premium Data, Files Folder as C:\Trading Data, Timeframe as End of Day files and File format as MetaStock. Then click the Import button. This is shown below:


When creating a new chart, you will now see Premium Data provided as an exchange. You can click on this icon to show all of the folder subtrees and navigate to each chart on the right hand side, as shown below:


Setting up Market Analyst versions 2 through 4.5 to read data from Premium Data

The following steps will show you how to set up Market Analyst to read the data from Premium Data, DataTools or Premium Forex.

Click on the Add Folder button (circled in as shown below):

Market Analyst add data folder

Market Analyst now wants to know which folder tree to search. By default, all of Norgate's data is stored in C:\Trading Data. Highlight that folder and then click OK.

Market Analayst select data folder tree

Market Analyst will now scan the entire Trading Data folder tree and remember which folders contain MetaStock data.

Now click the + symbol next to Metastock files as shown below and open:

Market Analyst open Metastock files

Now select the folder you want to view charts within:

Market Analyst select folder

You can now select the securities you want to chart:

Market Analyst select security

 

Some securities appear to have limited data history/data missing

When Market Analyst is installed, there is a small amount of demo data provided by Market Analyst. This data is used in preference to the "MetaStock" format data provided by us, so you may see full history for some securities and limited data history (provided by Market Analyst) for other securities. To prevent confusion over which data source is being used, it is recommended that you remove the Market Analyst data folders from being shown using the "Remove Folder" button (this is located next to the Add Folder button as shown above).

New folders/contracts/markets appear to be missing within Market Analyst

When a new data folder is created (such as when a new market is added to the futures data, or when you subscribe to additional data), it is not shown within the navigation folder tree within Market Analyst. Market Analyst needs to be told to re-scan the Trading Data folder so it can add any new folders that it finds to its folder navigation tree.

For Market Analyst version 5 and above you can perform a rescan by Right Clicking on the Premium Data tree, then click the Rescan Exchange item as shown below:


For Market Analyst versions 2 through 4.5, Follow the Add Folder steps as detailed above to complete this process.

Charts showing incorrect data after reinstalling data

Market Analyst has a bug/limitation when data is reinstalled or when some types of data maintenance occurs. It doesn't automatically rescan any MetaStock format folders to determine the constituents. Market Analyst needs to be told to re-scan the Trading Data folder so it can re-index any folders.

For Market Analyst version 5 and above you can perform a rescan by Right Clicking on the Premium Data tree, then click the Rescan Exchange item as shown below:


For Market Analyst versions 2 through 4.5, Follow the Add Folder steps as detailed above to complete this process.

Copying Workbooks from one PC to another

If you copy a workbook from one PC to another and notice that the charts now point at different stocks, this is due to a limitation in Market Analyst. Market Analyst stores the reference to the stocks by the filename of the data files and not by the symbol. So, for example, on one computer file number 385 might be CBA but on another computer file number 385 is CAZ. The only way to resolve this is to make sure that the data on each computer is identical - so you need to copy both the Market Analyst workbook and the data.

 

Reinstalling data and workbook corruption

Some users have reported that if they reinstall the historical data that their workbooks are corrupted (showing the wrong securities etc.). This is due to a limitation within Market Analyst. Market Analyst stores the reference to the stocks by the filename of the data files and not by the symbol. So, for example, on one computer file number 385 might be CBA but on another computer file number 385 is CAZ.

The only way to resolve this issue is to restore a known good backup of the data and update it from there, or recreate your workbooks.

If you do need to reinstall the data, please rescan the the folder tree as shown above.

 

Single folders versus alphabetical folders in Premium Data

Premium Data allows stock data to be stored in a single folder Metastock format (6000 securities per folder). Although Market Analyst can support the 6000-securities-per-folder MetaStock format, its performance in a large folder is poor. For example, it can take up to 15 seconds to show the securities available in a large folder versus around half a second for an alphabetical folder. Therefore it is recommended that you use alphabetical folders for your stock data.

 

Dow Jones Industrial Average not showing data correctly

Our historical data for the Dow Jones Industrial Average extends back to 1896. There is a bug with Market Analyst's handling of "Metastock" format data files which contain dates prior to 1900. For instance, data from 1896 is shown as belonging to 2006 and therefore the Dow appears to be at around a value of 90 instead of around 11000. To work around this problem, use the utility in the Premium Data application to "Remove Records Prior to 1920". This utility can be accessed from under the Maintenance tab.

 

 





























































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