The images below are Log-Log plots of individual stocks against the Dow Jones industrial average over the course of each stocks lifespan. The log value of the Dow Jones is on the bottom axis and the value of the stock is on the log value of the stock is the on the vertical axis. The red dot is the current value of the stock.
Stocks do well if the line trends to the top of the chart. The market in general is doing well if it trends to the right. Over time all these graphs trend to the right and the top since I've selected for successful companies.
Maybe the most interesting stocks to look at this way are the older ones.
Microsoft pretty clearly shows the flower pattern, but it not clear that it is leaving the flower region at the top of the stalk.
Compare that to Amazon though. The leaves in its flower are completely horizontal. The changes in the Dow Jones don't seem to affect its value and it climbs up slowly despite them.
So what do these visualizations mean?
Nothing. They're just another stupid stock visualization.