| General Dynamics is an aerospace and defense company. Co. has five operating segments: Aerospace, which provides a family of Gulfstream aircraft and services for business aircraft produced by Gulfstream and other original equipment manufacturers; Combat Systems, which provides combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; Information Technology, which provides information technology (IT) services, IT infrastructure modernization and professional services; Mission Systems, which provides mission-critical products and systems; and Marine Systems, which designs and builds nuclear-powered submarines, surface combatants, and auxiliary and combat-logistics ships. |
When researching a stock like General Dynamics, 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 GD 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 GD 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 GD 200 day moving average ("GD 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the GD 50 day moving average ("GD 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for General Dynamics. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the GD 200 DMA and the GD 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("GD MACD"). The GD 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).