(i) If you need to use moving averages to determine whether or not there’s a clear trend within any specified time-frame, then there probably isn’t;
(ii) Don’t think of a trend as absolute and objective: a trend is something that exists only [I]within the context of and with reference to a specific time-frame[/I];
(iii) It’s so common as to be fairly [U]normal[/U] for an instrument to be trending in one direction on a specified time-frame while not at all or even in the other direction on a different time-frame.
[U]A moving-average-based method to determine the existence of a trend within any specified time-frame[/U]:
Draw 15-period and 50-period simple moving averages on the chart.
If the SMA-15 is above the SMA-50 [U]and[/U] if both are ascending [U]and[/U] if the two are diverging, then there’s an uptrend within that time-frame.
If the SMA-15 is below the SMA-50 [U]and[/U] if both are declining [U]and[/U] if the two are diverging, then there’s a downtrend within that time-frame.
If neither of the above sets of conditions is fulfilled, then there probably isn’t a clear trend within that time-frame.