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In this series I am going to walk through the Angular components that make up this app and delve into the Kendo UI components that each one uses! We will go through the Angular Stock Chart Component, along with other chart components, inputs, buttons, and of course, our infamous Grid Component to build out a Financial Portfolio application, capable of keeping you up-to-date with the stocks of your choice!

I’ve broken the application into five major Angular Components:

  1. Stock Chart
  2. Stock List
  3. User Profile
  4. Real Time Data
  5. Heatmap

To make the reading experience more bite-sized, in this first post, I will cover the Stock Chart and Stock List components (and the child components they employ)—check out part II for the rest to be covered!

screenshot of our Angular components

Following Along

You can pull down the code and follow along—everything is available on GitHub and GitHub Pages!

  1. Clone the repo
  2. Go into the root of the application cd kendo-angular/examples-standalone/finance-portfolio/
  3. Run npm install and npm start
  4. Go to http://localhost:4200 in your web browser

As you can see in the opening GIF, the app shows you the stock information you are interested in with our Kendo UI Stock Chart component. This component comes ready out-of-the-box with features to choose date ranges and time ranges for the stocks you want to look at. You can also toggle the type of chart you are viewing—Candle, Line, or Area.

Our Financial Portfolio application also shows the stocks in a Stock List, a Heatmap, and Stocks moving in real time as well as a user profile page. This demo is fully loaded with so many features! Let’s dive into this incredible demo by component (Angular component, that is).

Stock Chart & Stock Details Angular Components

Stock Chart with Stock Details and the Stock List are all visible by default on the dashboard (landing page). I’ve given them titles and outlines here, so you can see where those Angular components visually are:

screenshot outlining the stock chart, details, and stock list component boundaries

The User Profile is accessible when the avatar in the top right is selected:

User Profile page on the Kendo UI Financial Portfolio Demo App

Both the Heatmap and the Real Time Data views are available because of the Navigation Component. The Navigation Component is used inside the Stocks List Component:

Toggle Stock List options on the Kendo UI Financial Portfolio Demo App

This navigation is created using the Kendo UI Button Group, Kendo UI Buttons and of course uses Angular routing with the routerLink and routerLinkActive directives. Here is the Heatmap view and the Real Time Data view:

Heatmap of stocks on the Kendo UI Financial Portfolio Demo App real time stock prices on the Kendo UI Financial Portfolio Demo App

Now that we have an overview of the larger Angular Components that make up this application, let’s look deeper into the Angular Components to see what Kendo UI Components are being used to make this Portfolio happen.

The Kendo UI Stock Chart

The first thing a user sees on the landing page is the Stock Chart which primarily implements the Kendo UI Stock Chart Component.

The StockChart is a specialized control for visualizing the price movement of a financial instrument over a certain period of time.

Main Stock Chart that is graphing stocks on the Kendo UI Financial Portfolio Demo App

The Stock Chart Component extends the basic Kendo UI Chart, plus has additional features for viewing financial information over a certain period of time. There is a navigator pane that allows you to select a specific chunk of time:

navigator pane to limit the time you are viewing a stock at on the Kendo UI Financial Portfolio Demo


Creating a Stock Chart with least amount of Flexing 💪

Our Stock Chart Component also has a child Angular Component called Stock Details. This is where our much talked about Kendo UI Stock Chart is actually implemented! If you want to see the full code, expand the block below, or check out the screenshot for the abbreviated version.

the markup for the kendo-stockchart outer wrapper

Setting up Plotbands

Here is the markup and functionality for our Stock Chart's Plot Bands!

The Chart plot bands allow you to highlight a specific range of an axis. To display plot bands, set the axis plotBands option to an array of PlotBand.

the mark up for plot bands plotbands functionality

Giving our Stock Chart Two X Axes

The Chart axes provide a value scale for the plotted data series.

Here we are setting up the axes for our chart. There are two types of axes—category and value.

Category axes are declared through the kendo-chart-category-axis-item configuration components and placed in a kendo-chart-category-axis collection.

Value axes are declared through the kendo-chart-value-axis-item configuration components and placed in a kendo-chart-value-axis collection.

kendo chart value axis

Limiting Displayed Range by Setting Min and Max

We are binding the range.start and range.end to these inputs as well as setting a min and max. Learn more about date range input customizations here in our docs.

Data for our Chart

The Angular Stock Chart component is pulling its stock data from this local file:

screenshot of the stocks.ts file with all the local stock data

It is always easier to control a demo app when you can go wireless, so our team believed this was the best move for this particular demo. You can easily swap out the local data for a live Stock API, though.

Passing in Configurable Items to the Stock Details Component

The Kendo UI Stock Chart is being controlled by multiple UI components which pass in things like the chart type and interval:

screenshot of the app-stock-details component inside the stock chart component file gif of the stock chart toggling between chart types

These Kendo UI components—Date Range, Date Input & Drop Down List—are allowing us to customize the stock chart to see the stocks during an exact time frame. If you want to see the full code, expand the block below.


Modifying the Timeframe Displayed in Our Stock Chart 📅

Kendo Date Range & Date Input

The DateRange Component holds the start and end date inputs and has a fancy date range popup for selecting these.

The date range picker in action in the financial portfolio demo app

You can see in the markup that our kendo-daterange has two kendo-dateinputs. One is for the kendoDateRangeStartInput directive and the other is for the kendoDateRangeEndInput directive.

There are quite a few things you can customize and control on these directives. One thing, for instance, is autoCorrectOn that we are utilizing on change.

autoCorrectOn: Specifies the auto-correction behavior. If the start date is greater than the end date, the directive fixes the date range to a single date either on input change or on blur (see example). By default, the component does not perform any auto-correction.

Setting up the Navigator

Out-of-the-box, the stock chart has a navigator pane for scaling the span of time displayed and the whole chart looks something like this:

gif of scrubbing the timespan with the navigator pane on a default stock chart

For more details on the Stock Chart, check out our docs:

You can check out the exact line of code on GitHub: stock-details.component.html

the mark up for the navigator time scrubber of fun

Toggling Chart Types Within the Kendo UI Stock Chart 🔥

Kendo Drop Down List

As we mentioned before, we have a dropdown that is allowing us to toggle the chart type. But how are we toggling between the graph types within the Stock Chart? Well, the chart type drop down, is setting the variable chartType to either ‘candle,’ ‘line’ or ‘area.’

gif of the two drop down lists in action in the financial demo app

You can check out the exact line of code on GitHub: stock-chart.component.html

dropdownlist mark up

We are also using the Angular element ng-template (Angular templates not our own templates) to customize the content of our drop downs.

To customize the content of the suggestion list items, use the item template. To define an item template, nest an <ng-template> tag with the kendoDropDownListItemTemplate directive inside a <kendo-dropdownlist> tag.

If Chart Type Candlestick

If the chartType is set to ‘candle’ then this is the markup the Stock Chart will use:

You can check out the exact line of code on GitHub: stock-details.component.html

markdown for candlestick chart type in kendo ui

Creating the Tooltip for the Candlestick Chart

We are also using ng-template again to customize the tooltip’s template for the candlestick chart:

You can check out the exact line of code on GitHub: stock-details.component.html

markdown for tooltip for the candlestick chart

If Chart Type Line

If the chartType is set to ‘line’ the Stock Chart will use this markup:

You can check out the exact line of code on GitHub: stock-details.component.html

markdown for the Kendo UI line chart

If Chart Type Area

Otherwise, if the chartType is set to ‘area’, the Stock Chart will use this Area Chart.

You can check out the exact line of code on GitHub: stock-details.component.html

markdown for Kendo UI area chart

Displaying Two Charts at Once with Kendo UI

→ Always display the Columns, no matter the Chart type

You might have noticed in the Stock Chart demo, there are always two different types of charts displaying at one time. Here you can see the Area Chart as well as columns.

image of the stock chart showing two graphs at once, column and area

This is because we are giving the chart this column series set to display at all times, along with one of the other three mentioned above.

You can check out the exact line of code on GitHub: stock-details.component.html

column chart mark down


So we’ve covered the Stock Chart in all its glory, including the ability to toggle between chart types and how to display multiple charts at the same time! I will be covering the rest of the Financial Portfolio in a future post, including the User Profile page, Real Time Data and Heatmap Components! For now, you can clone the demo app and check out the source code here:

Financial Stocks Portfolio on GitHub Pages
Financial Stocks Portfolio Repo on GitHub kendoka asking for feedback

As always, we love love love feedback here on the Kendo UI team! Please let us know if this demo app was useful to you and what kind of other demo apps you’d like to see!

Kendo UI for Angular Feedback Portal

Alyssa is the Angular Developer Advocate for Kendo UI. If you're into Angular, React, Vue or jQuery and also happen to love beautiful and highly detailed components, check out Kendo UI. You can find the Kendo UI for Angular library here or just jump into a free 30 day trial today. Happy Coding!

About the Author

Alyssa Nicoll

Alyssa is an Angular Developer Advocate & GDE. Her two degrees (Web Design & Development and Psychology) feed her speaking career. She has spoken at over 30 conferences internationally, specializing in motivational soft talks, enjoys gaming on Xbox and scuba diving in her spare time. Her DM is always open, come talk sometime.

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