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7 Most Dramatic Market Charts of 2011

This group of bars and lines is worth a thousand words

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Best of 2011 20122011 was a quite an exciting year for the stock market, with gut-wrenching moves up and down with disturbing frequency. If you’re a chart-watcher or a fan of technical analysis, it was perhaps the most memorable year for charts in a long time.

A host of year-end stories are being cranked out these days, including takeover targets for 2012, the top financial news stories of 2011, the best and worst Dow performers of the past year and so on.

But if you believe pictures are worth a thousand words, you might want to take a gander at some of the most compelling charts of 2011 as compiled by some of’s very best journalists and technical analysts. Not only will this show you some jaw-dropping facts about the year that has passed, but this group of charts also should help you make sense of the market as we forge ahead into 2012.

Here are the seven most compelling charts of the year:

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