| Autodesk is a design software and services company. Co. is engaged in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software and services. Co.'s product offerings include: AutoCAD Civil 3D, which provides surveying, design, analysis, and documentation solution for civil engineering; AutoCAD, which is a customizable and extensible CAD application for design, drafting, detailing, and visualization; Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) Solutions, which is a CAM software that provides solutions for Computer Numeric Control machining, inspection, and modeling for manufacturing; and Inventor, which provides tools for 3D mechanical design, simulation, analysis, tooling, visualization, and documentation. |
When researching a stock like Autodesk, many investors are the most familiar with Fundamental Analysis — looking at a company's balance sheet, earnings, revenues, and what's happening in that company's underlying business. Investors who use Fundamental Analysis to identify good stocks to buy or sell can also benefit from ADSK Technical Analysis to help find a good entry or exit point. Technical Analysis is blind to the fundamentals and looks only at the trading data for ADSK stock — the real life supply and demand for the stock over time — and examines that data in different ways. One of those ways is to calculate a Simpe Moving Average ("SMA") by looking back a certain number of days. One of the most popular "longer look-backs" is the ADSK 200 day moving average ("ADSK 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the ADSK 50 day moving average ("ADSK 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Autodesk. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the ADSK 200 DMA and the ADSK 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("ADSK MACD"). The ADSK MACD chart, in conjunction with the chart of the moving averages, basically helps in visualizing how the moving averages are showing convergence (moving closer together), or divergence (moving farther apart).