| CMS Energy is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is an energy company. Co.'s subsidiaries include Consumers Energy Company, which is an electric and gas utility; and CMS Enterprises Company, which is a power producer and marketer. Co.'s segments are: electric utility, which includes the generation, purchase, distribution, and sale of electricity; gas utility, which includes the purchase, transmission, storage, distribution, and sale of natural gas; and enterprises, its non-utility operations and investments, which engages in domestic independent power production, including the development and operation of renewable generation, and the marketing of independent power production. |
When researching a stock like CMS Energy, 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 CMS 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 CMS 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 CMS 200 day moving average ("CMS 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the CMS 50 day moving average ("CMS 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for CMS Energy. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the CMS 200 DMA and the CMS 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("CMS MACD"). The CMS 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).