| W. R. Berkley is an insurance holding company. Co. operates in two segments of the property casualty insurance business: Insurance, which includes commercial insurance business, including excess and surplus lines, admitted lines and specialty personal lines throughout the U.S., as well as insurance business in the U.K., Continental Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico, Scandinavia, Asia and Australia; and Reinsurance, which provides reinsurance business on a facultative and treaty basis, primarily in the U.S., the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and South Africa. |
When researching a stock like Berkley, 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 WRB 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 WRB 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 WRB 200 day moving average ("WRB 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the WRB 50 day moving average ("WRB 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Berkley. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the WRB 200 DMA and the WRB 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("WRB MACD"). The WRB 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).