| Duke Energy is a holding company. Through its direct and indirect subsidiaries, Co. is an energy company. Co.'s segments include: Electric Utilities and Infrastructure, which provides retail electric service through the generation, transmission, distribution and sale of electricity to its customers within the Southeast and Midwest regions of the U.S.; Gas Utilities and Infrastructure, which conducts natural gas operations and also owns, operates and has investments in various pipeline transmission and natural gas storage facilities; and Commercial Renewables, which primarily acquires, develops, builds, operates and owns wind and solar renewable generation throughout the continental U.S. |
When researching a stock like Duke 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 DUK 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 DUK 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 DUK 200 day moving average ("DUK 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the DUK 50 day moving average ("DUK 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Duke Energy. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the DUK 200 DMA and the DUK 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("DUK MACD"). The DUK 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).