The MACD is a momentum and trend-following indicator that is based on the information of moving averages and, thus, ideal to act as an additional momentum tool and momentum filter for your trading. In this article, we will explain what the MACD does, how it helps you analyze price and how to use it in your own trading.
First, let’s take a look at the individual components of the MACD indicator:
MACD Line: The MACD line is the heart of the indicator and it’s the difference between the 12-period EMA and the 26 period EMA. This means that the MACD line is basically a complete moving average crossover system in just one line.
Signal Line: The Signal line is the 9-period EMA of MACD Line
MACD Histogram: MACD Line – Signal Line
In this article, we focus on the MACD and the signal line in particular. The histogram is derived from the other two components of the MACD and, thus, don’t add as much explanatory value to overall MACD trading.