To have a clear understanding of MACD, day and swing traders ought to grasp MACD’s
ultimate purpose. At the end of this article, one will discover MACD indicator like never
seen before, and have a better understanding of this powerful tool.
The fundamental purpose of the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) indicator
is to confirm both trending and consolidating assets with the moving average convergence
and divergence. In effect, the moving average divergence reveals the following:
1/ the increase in bullish momentum,
2/ the rush in bearish momentum in a downtrend,
3/ the climb in trading activities,
4/ and the excess of volatility.
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Image = "chart exhibiting the moving average twenty divergence
and convergence in relation to the moving average fifty"
From June 2014 to October 2014, Wal-Mart-Stores Inc stock
(WMT) was consolidating. Consequently, the moving average twenty
converged to the moving average fifty.
Notice the divergence between the moving average twenty and fifty
when the stock was trending betwen November 2014 and January 2015.
That is a clear illustration of a moving average divergence.
In general, during a trending phase, there is an above average trading activities
(trading volume), momentum and volatility. Those surges by and large cause moving averages
divergences. On the contrary, the lack of momentum, volatility and balanced trading activities
will create a moving average convergence.
divergence. However, the moving average divergence only means separated, apart, parallel
or not touching one another.
This divergence has nothing to do with the price divergence that occurs when a financial
low and vice versa.
For the same reason, moving averages convergence refers to:
a/ coming close to one another,
b/ or touching one another,
c/ and grouping in the same zone.
moving averages. Furthermore, a consolidation phase indicates low volatility, momentum
and balanced trading activities.
Purposes Of The Standard MACD
The standard MACD is MACD (12, 26, 9).
zero line. Note that MACD is the moving twelve, and the zero line is the moving average
twenty-six. That divergence often translates into a wider angle between MACD and the
equilibrium line. In this occurrence, there is a divergence (separation) between the two
Nevertheless, it is not sufficient for MACD to reside on top of the zero line if one is screening
for trending financial instrument. There should also be a constant ample angle between
the MACD indicator and the equilibrium line.
Similarly, to scan for bearish stocks, MACD should be subzero, and form a broad angle with
the zero line (equilibrium line).
After an apparent divergence from the zero line, MACD often converges to the zero line during
the low volatility market (when the momentum and trading activities recede). In reality, during
the consolidation market, MACD frequently oscillates around the zero line. Moreover, it also
stays near the zero line. In this case, there is a convergence between the Moving average
twelve (MACD) and twenty-six (equilibrium line).
The convergence of MACD indicator to the zero line depicts a low volatility, momentum, trading activities,
and non-trending phase (consolidation, contra-trend or correction) or a pause before a continuation.
MACD’s divergence to the equilibrium line marks a trending market, plus a rising momentum, volatility
and trading activities.
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Image = "daily chart is depicting the standard MACD convergence
divergence in relation to the zero line (equilibrium line)"
Notice that there is a clear divergence between MACD and the zero line
during the trending phase (June 2014 to July 2014). On the hand, when
Intel stock (INTC) was consolidating from August 2014 to September 2014,
MACD indicator was converging towards the zero line.
Surely, that demonstrates MACD convergence and divergence.
Anytime, one is trading or using the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD); it is vital
to remember its ultimate role that is to detect trending and non-trending financial assets with
the moving average convergence divergence. Though, there are numerous other ways day and
swing traders use MACD indicator; one ought to merge other MACD trading strategies with its primary purpose.
This is about clear understanding MACD.
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