# MACD Stock Indices Indicator Oscillator Stock Indices Technical Analysis Fast Line and Signal Line

MACD Indices indicator is used in various ways to give technical analysis information.

- MACD center line crosses indicate bullish or bearish markets; below zero is bearish, above zero is bullish.
- MACD Crossovers indicate a buy or sell stock indices signal.
- Oscillations can be used to indicate oversold and overbought regions
- Used to look for divergence between stock index price and indicator.

## Construction of MACD Stock Indices Indicator

The MACD stock indices indicator is constructed using two exponential moving averages and this stock index technical indicator plots two lines. The two default exponential moving averages used are 12 and 26. Then a smoothing factor of 9 is also applied when drawing the MACD stock indices indicator.

**Summary of how MACD stock indices indicator is drawn**

MACD uses 2 EMAs + a smoothing factor (12, 26 Exponential Moving Averages and 9 smoothing periods)

MACD stock index technical indicator only plots two lines - the **MACD fast line** and the **MACD signal line**

**MACD Lines - MACD Fast Line and MACD Signal Lines Stock Indices Signals**

**The Fast Line is the difference between the 26 EMA and 12 EMA****The Signal line is the 9 period moving average of the MACD fast line.**

**Implementation of MACD Stock Indices Indicator**

**MACD stock indices indicator implements the MACD line as a continuous line while the signal line is implemented as a histogram. These two MACD LINES are then used to generate stock indices signals using the crossover trading strategy method.**

**There is also the MACD center-line which is also known as the zero mark and it is a neutral point between buyers and sellers trading the stock index market.**

**Values above the center-mark are considered bullish stock indices signals while those below are bearish stock indices signals.**

**The MACD stock indices indicator being an oscillator indicator, oscillates above and below this center line.**