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From the Weekend Report 11/12/2010: FAST is now in phase two of the oscillation cycle around the 200 session average. The price is 5.00 % above the line, but some convergence has taken place during the week.

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This page looks at the predictive abilities of different methods of averaging applied to FAST stock prices. An infinite selection of moving average techniques is available, including but not limited to moving weighted and exponentional averages and MACD indicators of various flavors.

Unfortunately, some of the most popular indicators of this type can prove to be the worst forcasting indicators. The effectiveness of these methods as applied to FAST stock price trend evaluation is tested on the next page.

Red is the 200 bar SMA and Green is the 20 bar average. The Simple Moving Averages above are un-weighted. While unsophisticated, they frequently yield better results than some of the more highly tuned methods examined in following sections. It is always possible to fine tune an exponential or other weighted average so that it seems to outperform a simple average in a given situation. However, over-tuning can increase false and misleading indicators. Norman G. Fosback has noted that legitimate signals of this sort will normally be evident through a variety of averaging methods.




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MACD analysis would appear perfect for overtuning, since it may use any of an infinite number of averaging methods and coefficients. In addition to crossover signals from various moving averages, analysts frequently add a trigger line based on some average of the first two averages. Here we depict the results of 12 and 26 session Exponential Moving Averages. The exponential coefficient used here is .18. There is nothing magic about these parameters, but these are frequently seen.

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Moving Avg. 20/200 DivergenceSignaled Appreciation minus non-signaled AppreciationAnnualized %
Buy Signals - 21 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 1.16 % minus 1.57 % = -0.41 %-3.50 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.81 % minus 0.32 % = 0.49 %24.97 %
Future2SesAvgClose 0.62 % minus 0.16 % = 0.46 %58.16 %
Sell Signals - 21 instances
Future30SesAvgClose -1.36 % minus 1.57 % = -2.93 %-24.84 %
Future5SesAvgClose -0.36 % minus 0.32 % = -0.68 %-34.40 %
Future2SesAvgClose -0.02 % minus 0.16 % = -0.18 %-22.57 %
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Moving Avg. 5/20 DivergenceSignaled Appreciation minus non-signaled AppreciationAnnualized %
Buy Signals - 149 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 0.78 % minus 1.57 % = -0.79 %-6.70 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.02 % minus 0.32 % = -0.30 %-15.10 %
Future2SesAvgClose -0.24 % minus 0.16 % = -0.40 %-50.30 %
Sell Signals - 149 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 0.86 % minus 1.57 % = -0.72 %-6.08 %
Future5SesAvgClose -0.31 % minus 0.32 % = -0.62 %-31.65 %
Future2SesAvgClose -0.39 % minus 0.16 % = -0.55 %-70.08 %
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Moving Avg. 5/200 DivergenceSignaled Appreciation minus non-signaled AppreciationAnnualized %
Buy Signals - 34 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 1.90 % minus 1.57 % = 0.33 %2.77 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.26 % minus 0.32 % = -0.06 %-3.15 %
Future2SesAvgClose -0.13 % minus 0.16 % = -0.29 %-36.37 %
Sell Signals - 34 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 0.56 % minus 1.57 % = -1.02 %-8.61 %
Future5SesAvgClose -0.64 % minus 0.32 % = -0.95 %-48.37 %
Future2SesAvgClose -0.09 % minus 0.16 % = -0.25 %-31.69 %
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MACD 12/26 DivergenceSignaled Appreciation minus non-signaled AppreciationAnnualized %
Buy Signals - 454 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 1.75 % minus 1.57 % = 0.18 %1.52 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.31 % minus 0.32 % = -0.01 %-0.55 %
Future2SesAvgClose 0.15 % minus 0.16 % = -0.01 %-1.27 %
Sell Signals - 454 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 1.95 % minus 1.57 % = 0.38 %3.21 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.54 % minus 0.32 % = 0.22 %11.20 %
Future2SesAvgClose 0.22 % minus 0.16 % = 0.06 %7.44 %
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MACD 12/26 SignalSignaled Appreciation minus non-signaled AppreciationAnnualized %
Buy Signals - 626 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 1.42 % minus 1.57 % = -0.15 %-1.31 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.19 % minus 0.32 % = -0.13 %-6.57 %
Future2SesAvgClose -0.03 % minus 0.16 % = -0.18 %-23.46 %
Sell Signals - 626 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 1.38 % minus 1.57 % = -0.20 %-1.67 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.29 % minus 0.32 % = -0.03 %-1.58 %
Future2SesAvgClose 0.14 % minus 0.16 % = -0.01 %-1.87 %
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Calibrated M by Q Half Cycle Moving Avg.Signaled Appreciation minus non-signaled AppreciationAnnualized %
Buy Signals - 240 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 1.49 % minus 1.57 % = -0.09 %-0.75 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.64 % minus 0.32 % = 0.32 %16.45 %
Future2SesAvgClose 0.56 % minus 0.16 % = 0.40 %51.30 %
Sell Signals - 240 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 1.00 % minus 1.57 % = -0.57 %-4.86 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.07 % minus 0.32 % = -0.25 %-12.59 %
Future2SesAvgClose -0.05 % minus 0.16 % = -0.21 %-26.31 %
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Calibrated M by Q Full Cycle Moving Avg.Signaled Appreciation minus non-signaled AppreciationAnnualized %
Buy Signals - 175 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 1.86 % minus 1.57 % = 0.29 %2.45 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.06 % minus 0.32 % = -0.26 %-13.14 %
Future2SesAvgClose 0.09 % minus 0.16 % = -0.07 %-9.14 %
Sell Signals - 175 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 1.54 % minus 1.57 % = -0.04 %-0.33 %
Future5SesAvgClose -0.30 % minus 0.32 % = -0.61 %-31.19 %
Future2SesAvgClose -0.33 % minus 0.16 % = -0.49 %-62.65 %
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Projected Crossing of SMA 20/200.Signaled Appreciation minus non-signaled AppreciationAnnualized %
Buy Signals - 23 instances
Future30SesAvgClose -0.59 % minus 1.57 % = -2.17 %-18.34 %
Future5SesAvgClose -0.30 % minus 0.32 % = -0.62 %-31.34 %
Future2SesAvgClose -0.75 % minus 0.16 % = -0.91 %-115.49 %
Sell Signals - 23 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 1.07 % minus 1.57 % = -0.50 %-4.24 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.44 % minus 0.32 % = 0.12 %6.23 %
Future2SesAvgClose 0.00 % minus 0.16 % = -0.16 %-19.96 %
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Projected Crossing of SMA 5/20.Signaled Appreciation minus non-signaled AppreciationAnnualized %
Buy Signals - 171 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 0.73 % minus 1.57 % = -0.84 %-7.13 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.21 % minus 0.32 % = -0.10 %-5.22 %
Future2SesAvgClose 0.13 % minus 0.16 % = -0.03 %-3.30 %
Sell Signals - 155 instances
Future30SesAvgClose 2.10 % minus 1.57 % = 0.52 %4.41 %
Future5SesAvgClose 0.25 % minus 0.32 % = -0.07 %-3.50 %
Future2SesAvgClose 0.32 % minus 0.16 % = 0.16 %20.57 %
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The best buy signal for 30 future sessions was 0.33 % from the Moving Avg. 5/200 Divergence,and the best sell signal for was -2.93 % from the Moving Avg. 20/200 Divergence.
For 5 future sessions the best buy signal was 0.49 % from the Moving Avg. 20/200 Divergence,and the best sell signal was -0.95 % from the Moving Avg. 5/200 Divergence.
The best buy signal for 2 future sessions was 0.46 % from the Moving Avg. 20/200 Divergence,and the best sell signal was -0.55 % from the Moving Avg. 5/20 Divergence.



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