| BlackRock is an investment management firm. Co. provides a range of investment and technology services to institutional and retail clients worldwide. Products are provided directly and through intermediaries in a variety of vehicles, including open-end and closed-end mutual funds, iShares® exchange-traded funds, separate accounts, collective investment trusts and other pooled investment vehicles. Co. also provides technology services, including the investment and risk management technology platform, Aladdin®, Aladdin Wealth, eFront, Cachematrix and FutureAdvisor, as well as advisory services and solutions to a base of institutional and wealth management clients. |
When researching a stock like Blackrock, 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 BLK 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 BLK 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 BLK 200 day moving average ("BLK 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the BLK 50 day moving average ("BLK 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Blackrock. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the BLK 200 DMA and the BLK 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("BLK MACD"). The BLK 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).