| Entergy is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Co.'s business segments include: Utility, which includes the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric power in portions of Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, and Louisiana, including the City of New Orleans, and operation of a small natural gas distribution business; and Entergy Wholesale Commodities, which includes the ownership, operation, and decommissioning of nuclear power plants located in the northern U.S. and the sale of the electric power produced by its operating plants to wholesale customers. |
When researching a stock like Entergy, 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 ETR 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 ETR 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 ETR 200 day moving average ("ETR 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the ETR 50 day moving average ("ETR 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Entergy. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the ETR 200 DMA and the ETR 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("ETR MACD"). The ETR 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).