05 Jul '11, 11pm

Er, what is a 200-day moving average? Where do you see this? What does it mean? Why is it important? #investment #finance

Traders look at the 200-day moving averages of stocks to gauge the overall health of the securities and the market. It is the average price a stock achieves over 200 days. Other periods applied are 20, 30, 50 and 100 days. Such indicators are used to spot pricing trends. Why is it important? In terms of the overall market, the proportion of stocks above their 200-day moving averages indicates how healthy the market is. When the figure dips below 20 per cent, traders expect a sharp reversal in the market; they also look for a reversal when it rises past 85 per cent or 90 per cent. In the case of individual securities, a stock is deemed healthy if it is trading above its 200-day moving average as that suggests it is on a long-term uptrend. Conversely, a stock trading below its 200-day moving average is thought to be in a long-term downtrend. A stock is generally considered u...

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