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Moving average

Often shortened to MA is a common indicator in technical analysis, used to examine price movements of assets while lessening the impact of random price spikes.

Market order

An order entry that fills at current ask prices.


An indicator that is calculated by subtracting the 26-period exponential moving average of a given security from its 12-period exponential moving average. By comparing moving averages, MACD displays trend following characteristics, and by plotting the difference of the moving averages as an oscillator, MACD displays momentum characteristics.


A volume-weighted momentum indicator that measures the strength of money flowing in and out of a security.


A leading indicator measuring a security’s rate-of-change.

McCellan indicator

As a momentum indicator, the McClellan Oscillator attempts to anticipate positive and negative changes in the AD statistics for market timing.

Margin call

Term for when a broker requests an increase maintenance margin from a trader, in order to keep a leveraged trade open.


Merger and Acquisition of a company.

Market cap

It is the total market value of a company (number of shares outstanding multiplied by the price of the stock).

Morning star

A candlestick pattern at the bottom of a chart signaling a reversal.

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