Histogram

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Histogram'

1. A graphical representation, similar to a bar chart in structure, that organizes a group of data points into user-specified ranges. The histogram condenses a data series into an easily interpreted visual by taking many data points and grouping them into logical ranges or bins.

Histogram



2. The MACD histogram is a very common technical indicator that illustrates the difference between the MACD line and the trigger line. This difference is then plotted on a chart in the form of a histogram to make it easy for a trader to determine a specific asset's momentum.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Histogram'

1. Histograms are commonly used in statistics to demonstrate how many of a certain type of variable occurs within a specific range. For example, a census focused on the demography of a country may use a histogram of how many people there are between the ages of 0 and 10, 11 and 20, 21 and 30, 31 and 40, 41 and 50 etc. This histogram would look similar to the graph above.

2. MACD histograms are a popular tool used in technical analysis to gauge the strength of an asset's momentum. An increasing MACD histogram signals an increase in upward momentum while a decreasing histogram is used to signal downward momentum.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Technical Analysis

    A method of evaluating securities by analyzing statistics generated ...
  2. Momentum

    The rate of acceleration of a security's price or volume. The ...
  3. Bureau of Census

    A division of the federal government of the United States Bureau ...
  4. Uptrend

    Describes the price movement of a financial asset when the overall ...
  5. Moving Average Convergence Divergence ...

    A trend-following momentum indicator that shows the relationship ...
  6. Altman Z-Score

    The output of a credit-strength test that gauges a publicly traded ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What assumptions are made when conducting a t-test?

    The common assumptions made when doing a t-test include those regarding the scale of measurement, random sampling, normality ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How are double exponential moving averages applied in technical analysis?

    Double exponential moving averages (DEMAS) are commonly used in technical analysis like any other moving average indicator ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How do you know where on the oscillator you should make a purchase or sale?

    Common oscillator readings to consider making a buy or sale are below 20 or above 80, respectively. More aggressive investors ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What are some of the more common types of regressions investors can use?

    The most common types of regression an investor can use are linear regressions and multiple linear regressions. Regressions ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What are the alert zones in a Fibonacci retracement?

    The most commonly used Fibonacci retracement alert levels are at 38.2% and 61.8%. A 50% retracement level is also commonly ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. What types of assets produce negative portfolio variance?

    Assets that have a negative correlation with each other produce negative portfolio variance. Variance is one measure of the ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Forex Education

    Trading The MACD Divergence

    Currency traders can use this method to avoid stop-order triggers before the real reversal.
  2. Forex Education

    Forex: Keep An Eye On Momentum

    Using the simple MACD histogram could change how forex traders analyze currency pairs for good.
  3. Active Trading

    Candle Sheds More Light Than The MACD

    Read the case against this well-established indicator.
  4. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Gauging Support And Resistance With Price By Volume

    This straightforward histogram can help you analyze the buying and selling interest in a stock.
  5. Fundamental Analysis

    Explaining Price Targets

    A price target is what an investment analyst projects a security’s future price to be.
  6. Fundamental Analysis

    Present Value Interest Factor of Annuity (PVIFA)

    PVIFA can be used to calculate the present value of a series of annuities by considering cash flows and depreciation.
  7. Chart Advisor

    ChartAdvisor for July 30 2015

    Weekly technical summary of the major U.S. indexes.
  8. Active Trading Fundamentals

    Five Biggest Obstacles Facing First-Year Traders

    Address these five obstacles and you'll make significant progress as a first-year trader.
  9. Options & Futures

    How To Hedge Put Options Using Binary Options

    Want to hedge your plain vanilla long put option position with binary call options? We show you how.
  10. Options & Futures

    How To Hedge Stock Positions Using Binary Options

    Here’s a step-by-step method to hedge your long (and short) positions in stocks, using binary options.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Bogey

    A buzzword that refers to a benchmark used to evaluate a fund's performance. The benchmark is an index that reflects the ...
  2. Xetra

    An all-electronic trading system based in Frankfurt, Germany. Launched in 1997 and operated by the Deutsche Börse, the Xetra ...
  3. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
  4. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
  5. Investopedia

    One of the best-known sources of financial information on the internet. Investopedia is a resource for investors, consumers ...
  6. Unfair Claims Practice

    The improper avoidance of a claim by an insurer or an attempt to reduce the size of the claim. By engaging in unfair claims ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!