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You can set a layer of invisible objects representing each point you'd like to have a tooltip for, and add mouse interactions to those objects.

I've updated your jsfiddle with the following -

svg.selectAll("circle")
    .data(data)
  .enter().append("circle")
    .attr("r", 5)
    .style("fill","none")
    .style("stroke","none")
    .style("pointer-events","all")
  .append("title")
    .text(function(d) { return "Date: " + formatDate2(d.date) + " Value: " + d.value; });

This adds a circle element to each data point, and a title element to each of those circles. Note that the "pointer-events","all" allows the mouse interactions even though the elements are invisible

full jsfiddle here: http://jsfiddle.net/xJ3Ke/9/

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Below is a simple Tooltip class I used.

/**
 * Tooltip helper.
 *
 * Copyright © 2014 Maciej Nux Jaros.
 * License: CC-BY or MIT.
 */
function Tooltip() {
    var _tooltip = this;
    var _container = null;

    /**
     * Tootltip class name (use if you want more then one tooltip).
     * @type String
     */
    this.className = 'tooltip';
    /**
     * Width of the rect.
     * @type String
     */
    this.width = "100";
    /**
     * Height of the rect.
     * @type String
     */
    this.height = "20";
    /**
     * Tootltip source attribute.
     * @type String
     */
    this.textSourceAttrName = 'data-title';
    /**
     * Style of background rectangle.
     * @type String
     */
    this.rectStyle = "opacity:0.9;fill:#ffffff;fill-opacity:1;stroke:#ffcc00;stroke-width:3;";

    /**
     * Init tooltip elements and append to container.
     * 
     * @param {D3} container D3 container element - e.g. main group (chart container).
     */
    this.init = function(container) {
        _container = container;

        container.append("g")
            .attr("class", _tooltip.className)
            .attr("style", "display:none")
            .append("rect")
                .attr("style", _tooltip.rectStyle)
                .attr("width", _tooltip.width)
                .attr("height", _tooltip.height)
                .attr("rx", "10")
                .attr("ry", "10")
        ;
        container.selectAll("." + _tooltip.className)
            .append("text")
                .attr("x", 5)
                .attr("y", 10)
                .attr("dy", ".35em")
        ;
    };

    /**
     * Show tooltip (title) for given point
     *
     * run e.g. onmouseover
     *
     * @param {Element} point Circle element.
     */
    this.show = function(point) {
        var text = point.getAttribute(_tooltip.textSourceAttrName);
        var x = parseFloat(point.getAttribute('cx')) + 10;
        var y = parseFloat(point.getAttribute('cy')) + 5;
        _container
            .selectAll("." + _tooltip.className)
            .attr("style", "")
            .attr("transform", function() { return "translate(" + x + "," + y + ")"; })
        ;
        _container
            .selectAll("." + _tooltip.className + " text")
            .text(function() { return text; })
        ;
    };

    /**
     * Hide tooltip.
     *
     * run e.g. onmouseout
     */
    this.hide = function() {
        _container
            .selectAll("." + _tooltip.className)
            .attr("style", "display:none")
        ;
    };
}

Usage (assuming you have countries data series with date on X and share on Y):

// points
for (var i=0; i<countries.length; i++) {
    var points = svg.selectAll(".points" + i)
        .data(countries[i].values)
        .enter()
        .append("g")
            .attr("class", ".points" + i)
    ;
    // visible points
    points
        .append("circle")
            .attr("class", "point")
            .attr("stroke", "none")
            .attr("fill", "black")
            .attr("cx", function(d, i) { return x(d.date) })
            .attr("cy", function(d, i) { return y(d.share) })
            .attr("r", function(d, i) { return 2 })
    ;
    // bigger (almost) invisible points for tooltip
    points
        .append("circle")
            .attr("class", "blank-point")
            .attr("style", "opacity:0.05;fill-opacity:1;")
            .style("fill", function(d) { return color(countries[i].name); })
            .attr("cx", function(d, i) { return x(d.date) })
            .attr("cy", function(d, i) { return y(d.share) })
            .attr("r", function(d, i) { return 6 })
            .attr("data-title", function(d, i) { return formatDate(d.date) +'; '+ d.share })
            .attr("onmouseover", "tooltip.show(this)")
            .attr("onmouseout", "tooltip.hide()")
    ;
}

// prepare tooltip
tooltip.init(svg);

Note make sure you prepare tooltip after other things on the chart or it will not be visible. Also make sure you have enough room on the right of the chart (e.g. set right margin of the chart to 100 or more).


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