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This function is part of XTRADE functions group which is a collection of several technical indicators for creating technical trading rules. XTRADE.MACD produces the popular moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) indicator developed by Gerald Appel. This indicator compares a fast-moving average (MA) of a series with a slow MA of the same series.


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AXCEL.XTRADE.MACD(stockprice, [nFast], [nSlow], [nSignal], [dateFormat], [plot])

The AXCEL.XTRADE.MACD function syntax has the following arguments:

stockprice Required. This is a table of stock price or any other values such as volume. The format must be a table of two columns, the first column for time/date index and the second column is the values. Here is an example:


AXCEL.XTRADE.MACD function uses the second column for calculating MACD indicator.

nFast Optional. Number of periods for fast moving average. Default value is 12.

nSlow Optional. Number of periods for slow moving average. Default is 26.

nSignal Optional. Number of periods for signal moving average. Default is 9.

dateFormat Optional. If the date in Date columns is Excel standard date format, you do not need to provide any format, and Axcel will automatically identify the date format and applies the conversion. However, if the date is provided in TEXT format, you should define the dateFormat for appropriate conversion. Here are the elements of the date format:

/ or - : Separators
%d: day
%m: month
%y: 2-digit year (for example 98 or 07)
%Y: 4-digit year (for example 1998 or 2007)

Here are some examples of date format:

for "08/22/2019" : "%m/%d/%Y"
for "19/08/22" : "%y/%m/%d"
for "2019-08-22" : "%Y-%m-%d"

plot Optional. The default is FALSE. If you set it TRUE, Axcel provides you an advanced interactive visualization showing security price and MACD indicators.

Here is an example:

when you type =AXCEL.XTRADE.MACD the Intellisense guides you through required and optional (shows in brackets []) entries as shown below:

In this example, we have:

=AXCEL.XTRADE.MACD(A1:B300, 12, 26, 9,, TRUE)

which means that our data is located at cells from A1 to B300, we set the number of periods for the fast-moving average at 12, the number of periods for slow-moving average at 26, and for the signal moving average at 9 days. Also, since we use Excel standard date format, we skipped the date format entry and we would like to have visualization by setting the plot to TRUE. Here is the outcome:

As presented above, Axcel generates MACD indicators and reports them in columns macd (MACD indicator), and signal (the moving average of the oscillator) Also, the outcome is visualized in the task pane and ready to be expanded in your browser. In this example, since this function needs a minimum of 26 days of historical records for calculation (we set nSlow to 26), the first 25 and 34 records of the reported columns show NA after execution.

See also: All other AXCEL.XTRADE functions.