Learn How You Can Find High-Confidence Trading Opportunities Using Moving Averages Moving averages are one of the most widely-used methods of technical analysis because they are simple to use, and they work. Learn how to apply them to your trading and investing with this free 10-page eBook from Trader’s Classroom editor Jeffrey Kennedy. Begin to improve your trading and investing with Moving Averages today! Download Your Free eBook Now.
Elliott Wave International’s Jeffrey Kennedy, a 25-year veteran of technical analysis, provides an answer: A moving average is simply the average value of data over a specified time period, and it is used to figure out whether the price of a stock or commodity is trending up or down. One way to think of a moving average is that it’s an automated trend line. Kennedy offers an array of examples and insights about moving averages in the instructive guide, “How to Find High-Confidence Trading Opportunities Using Moving Averages.” Below, you see some of Kennedy’s charts. Let’s begin with the most commonly-used moving averages among market technicians: the 50- and 200-day simple moving averages. These two trend lines often serve as areas of resistance or support, levels the market needs to “respect” in order for the trend to continue. For example, the circled areas in the chart below show you where the 200-period SMA provided resistance in the DJIA’s rally back in April-May (top circle), and the 50-period SMA provided support (lower circle): Let’s look at another widely used simple moving average which “works equally well in commodities, currencies, and stocks,” according to Kennedy: the 13-period SMA. In the sugar chart below, prices first crossed above the red SMA line, which led to a substantial rally. The circled area shows you the first time the price crossed below the SMA, which came to indicate a change in trend from bullish to bearish: Kennedy’s “How to Find High-Confidence Trading Opportunities Using Moving Averages” also informs you about a useful tool to help you avoid “whipsaws.” Indeed, the first two chapters reveal:
- The Dual Moving Average Cross-Over System
- Moving Average Price Channel System
- Combining the Crossover and Price Channel Techniques