Traffic lights highlighting system (Naked Trader)

Friday, Feb 15 2019 by

I like the traffic light system that Robbie Burns mentions in his Naked Trader book but there doesn't seem to be an option for it on Stockopedia. I seem to remember there was a feature request for it a while back but in the meantime I have set up a script to perform this function.
It needs to be set up manually but you can use it to highlight certain words or phrases in the news reports here. (or any site)

If anyone is interested I will detail the process.


First you will need to install a browser addon.

Tampermonkey for chrome: Tampermonkey


Greasemonkey for Firefox: Greasemonkey

After installing the addon you will need the highlight script.

Text Highlight and Seek

Click "Install this script" and it will be added to Tampermonkey/Greasemonkey.

My screenshots are done on chrome but the steps on firefox should be the similar.

After installing tampermonkey you should see a black square with two white dots at the top right of your browser window. Click this and select dashboard.


Once in the dashboard click the "Edit" icon for the Text Highlight and Seek script. It`s the square with the pencil on the right hand side.


Click on the "Settings" tab

Go to the box "User Includes" and click "Add"


Enter the new rule :*

Click "OK"

Scroll down and click "Save"

Now we are ready to edit the keywords. There is one problem, the options list does not open on Stockopedia so we have to go to :

At the top right of the page (in the red banner) you should see a small "H"


Click the "H" then "Click here to manage keyword/highlight sets"


The set list will open and you can customise to your preference.


Make sure you separate words using | (pipe) and don`t forget to click save changes when you are done.

I use the following colour combinations:

White text - R:255 G:255 B:255 with Red background - R:255 G:0 B:0

Black text - R:0 G:0 B:0 with Yellow background - R:255 G:255 B:0

Black text - R:0 G:0…

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0ctag0n 15th Feb 1 of 11

Something went wrong and it posted my draft instead of the finished post. I will edit it now with complete instruction...

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Johnny2509 15th Feb 2 of 11

Very good! Works well on this site and Investegate.

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0ctag0n 15th Feb 3 of 11

In reply to post #448523

Yes Johnny, I forgot to mention that if you put any site address in the `User Includes` box it will activate on that site.

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brballs 15th Feb 4 of 11

Absolutely brilliant! Thank you for this Octogon. I’d always hoped Stockopedia would bring this in!

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skinner66 15th Feb 5 of 11

that traffic light system robbie burns uses is as he says on AVDFN. it brings up company reports. you type in keywords, ie profit warning, profits etc, i think upto 20 words.. then it highlights them words on company report by colour, so saves about 2 hours reading the boring stuff, its in his book on how to use very easy and worth buying the book just for that.

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gus 1065 16th Feb 6 of 11

Thanks for this 0ctag0n.

I’ll see if my medieval IT skills can get this to work for me. I set up a (free) account on ADVFN a couple of years ago to make use of this feature as per the Naked Teader book reference referred to by Skinner66. I’ve hardly ever used it but benefited (not!) from the tsunami of junk e-mail that comes from signing up to ADVFN. Didn’t realise there was so much dross out there in the world of private investment. Would great if Stocko could build in something similar that could toggled on or off on demand.


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0ctag0n 16th Feb 7 of 11

In reply to post #449013

If you have any trouble setting up let me know and I will try to help.
This can be turned off by clicking on the little "H" and selecting "Options >> No Highlighting"
For some reason the only place the "H" appears on stockopedia is the charts screens.

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mmarkkj777 16th Feb 8 of 11

Great thread and great idea 0ctag0n,

I'm going to have a bash at setting this up over the weekend! Many thanks.


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jared007 16th Feb 9 of 11

Looks very useful!

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StrollingMolby 16th Feb 10 of 11

That looks useful, though it is possible the same result can be achieved on ADVFN where adding this functionality is simpler and which I have made use of for many years.  Simply select the 'News' tab and add the words you wish to monitor through the 'Highlight Phrases' tab:

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0ctag0n 17th Feb 11 of 11

In reply to post #449138

Yes it is detailed in the Naked Trader book for setting up on ADVFN. This was for people who don`t use ADVFN.

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