| General Dynamics is an aerospace and defense company. Co.'s operating segments include: Aerospace, which consists of Co.'s Gulfstream that designs, develops and manufactures aircraft and Jet Aviation that provides a suite of aircraft services for aircraft owners and operators; Marine Systems, which designs and builds nuclear-powered submarines and provides in surface combatant and auxiliary ship design and construction; Combat Systems, which is a manufacturer and integrator of land combat solutions; and Technologies, which provides a range of services, technologies and products to a market that seeks solutions combining electronic hardware with software.
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).