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Moving Averages & MACD Oscillators

Moving Average Types

  • Moving Average
    The Moving Average smooths price data to create a powerful measure of trend direction. Simple, weighted and exponential moving averages are most popular.
  • Simple Moving Average
    Simple moving averages are easy to construct, but prone to distortion: they tend to "bark twice".
  • Exponential Moving Average
    Exponential moving averages are more sophisticated than simple moving averages and do not suffer from the same distortions.
  • Weighted Moving Average
    Weighted moving averages eliminate the distortion common to simple moving averages, but are more difficult to construct than exponential moving averages.
  • Wilder Moving Average
    Wilder moving averages are used mainly in indicators developed by J. Welles Wilder. Essentially the same as an exponential moving average, they use different weightings, for which users need to make allowance.
  • Hull Moving Average
    Alan Hull developed Hull Moving Average in 2005 in his quest to create a moving average that is "responsive to current price activity while maintaining curve smoothness". Hull claims that his moving average "almost eliminates lag altogether and manages to improve smoothing at the same time".
  • Displaced Moving Average
    Displaced Moving Averages are useful for trend-following purposes, reducing the number of whipsaws compared to an equivalent Exponential or Simple Moving Average.
  • Moving Average Filters
    Filters are employed to reduce the number of whipsaws when using moving average systems.
  • Moving Average High/Low/Open
    Calculates moving averages using daily, weekly or monthly Highs/Lows/Opens.
  • How To Select A Long-Term MA
    How to select a long-term moving average to track the primary trend.

Moving Average Systems

  • Two Moving Averages
    Fast and slow moving averages provide a powerful measure of trend strength and direction.
  • Three Moving Averages
    A more sophisticated MA system that uses a third moving average to identify ranging markets.
  • Multiple Moving Averages
    Daryl Guppy introduced multiple moving averages to measure trends and identify likely reversals. The indicator compares multiple short-term and long-term exponential moving averages.
  • Rainbow 3D Moving Averages
    Ivan Ballin's colorful variation of Daryl Guppy's Multiple Moving Averages.
  • Price Envelope
    Sometimes referred to as Percentage Bands, Price Envelopes are plotted at a set percentage above and below a moving average.
  • Keltner Channels
    Linda Bradford Raschke popularized Keltner bands, plotted at an ATR multiple around an exponential MA, to filter trend entries.
  • Ichimoku Cloud
    Ichimoku Cloud (or Ichimoku Kinko Hyo) combines leading and lagging averages with traditional candlestick charts to offer a complete trading system.

MACD

  • MACD
    MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence) is a powerful refinement of the two moving averages system, providing reliable signals of trend changes.
  • MACD Histogram
    The MACD Histogram (Moving Average Convergence Divergence Histogram) provides far earlier and more responsive signals than the original MACD, but is also more volatile.
  • Weekly MACD Histogram
    The MACD Histogram (Moving Average Convergence Divergence Histogram) provides a highly responsive measure of market direction but is more suited to traders than investors.

Moving Average Oscillators

  • Commodity Channel Index
    Donald Lambert's Commodity Channel Index (CCI) highlights overbought and oversold markets and likely turning points.
  • Detrended Price Oscillator
    The Detrended Price Oscillator isolates the short cycle, providing powerful trend signals on divergences.
  • MA Oscillator
    The Moving Average Oscillator simply compares closing price to the moving average.
  • MACD
    MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence) is a powerful refinement of the two moving averages system, providing reliable signals of trend changes.
  • MACD Histogram
    The MACD Histogram (Moving Average Convergence Divergence Histogram) provides far earlier and more responsive signals than the original MACD, but is also more volatile.
  • MACD Percentage
    MACD Percentage Price Oscillator is a variation of theMACD indicator. The major difference is the percentage scale which enables comparison between stocks.




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