Here is the problem - I trade multiple various stocks throughout the day. I have a few favorites, but if I see another that I want to track during the day, I add it to the list of favorites in an MA. I link the MA to a couple of charts amd check all the stocks on the MA throughout the day.
Setting up an alert using NT's current setup is pointless - if the stock is not displayed on the chart the chart based alert will not trigger. Setting a price alert in an MA means setting one price alert for all the stocks.
Right now I open up a new chart for every alert and keep it open (the alerts don't trigger if the chart is minimized).
Day Trading Fool - I've done the paper logic for a Strategy that monitors 5-6 Instruments and has individually configurable Alerts ... but haven't had time to code it yet as I've been coding some other things. If there is a small basket of things you look at that might be a way to do it ie create it as a Strategy where the inputs are Instrument Names, Indicator to monitor, Level to Alert or something like that. You might even get creative and do, say, a NYSESentiment strat that looks at TICK/TRIN/AD lines or whatever and gives you audio and visual alerts.
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My trading strategy involves trading anything that looks promising. About the only time I set alerts is when I find a stock that has had some big moves and is consolidating; I set a price alert to monitor for a breakout.
Opening up a new chart and leaving it hang in the background works for now. I imagine it is fairly resource intensive, but I haven't had a problem yet, and have had perhaps 15 charts or so open. Clutters the screen real estate somewhat because I have to leave them all 'up' for the alerts to trigger.
Nearly every brokerage platform that I have used includes an alert feature that efficiently handles this type of situation. Somewhat surprising NT doesn't have something built in.
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Why not have all your alert charts in a different workspace?
That way they are open but not seen. I run 5 workspaces. 4 for charts ES,CL, 6E, YM and one for GOM recorders. If PK2 or Trendline Alert Custom has a line cross or the MA window has a price level hit, I get an sound alert & it written to the output window or the alerts window. Depending on the code used.