Divergence

Ever hear of this before? Divergence takes place when the price of a stock and a technical indicator move in opposite directions. This confirms a significant shift in price movements. Divergence can actually be positive or negative. For example, positive divergence occurs when the price of a stock makes new lows, while the indicator makes new highs. Negative divergence occurs when the price of a stock makes new highs, while the indicator makes new lows. A trader can find this situation very useful to see where a trend is likely to reverse. Here is an example to help illustrate negative divergence as a potential trading signal. Take a look at TSO.


Notice as the stock makes new highs, the technical indicator we are using is making lower highs. It basically fails to confirm the stocks uptrend. This confirms weakness in the trend despite the fact that it is moving higher. Once the trendline is violated, one would take a trade in anticipation of a trend reversal.

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That shows some divergence! Now here is my question. Do you know how when you use a five-year chart with one week intervals, if you want to look at the 50,100, or 200 day moving averages, you have to change the moving average settings to 10,20, & 40 (week) intervals in order to show the 50,100 & 200 day moving averages on the 5-year chart; would you also have to change the MACD settings?

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