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Simple Moving Average

Introduction To Moving Averages

An indicator used in technical analysis to smooth price data and help confirm market trends. It reduces the effects of sharp, isolated price movements and shows the underlying trend more clearly. It is calculated by adding together closing prices for a particular period and then averaging them. As time passes, the oldest price is dropped and replaced by the latest one.  The two most common types of moving averages are Simple Moving Average (SMA) and Exponential Moving Average (EMA). Moving averages are used as tools to create the Moving Average Convergence Divergence – MACD and Bollinger Bands.       


Calculating Simple Moving Averages (SMA)

A simple moving average or SMA, Is a price line that smooth’s out a investments path to get an indication of the trend. For example, if  a closing prices over the last five days are $37.00, $36.00, $34.00, $32.00. $31.00 then the SMA would be $34.00 derived from adding all the closing prices then dividing by five. This would create a five-day SMA that could be monitored for trends. The most common moving averages are 20, 50, and 200 days.


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 Calculating Exponential Moving Average (EMA)

An exponential moving average, EMA, is very similar to a simple moving average, but it places more weight on the more recent prices than on past one, making it more receptive to changes in the stocks price trend. This means it reacts more quickly to recent price changes than a simple moving average.

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Moving Average Crossover

The point at which two moving averages, one with a short interval and the other a longer one, intersect. Technical analysts interpret moving average crossovers as significant buy or sell signals.

Summary of Moving Averages

Technical analysis claims to be able to forecast future market movements solely through the study of past market price and volume data. It contrasts with market forecasts based on the analysis of the fundamental factors influencing supply and demand for shares, currencies or commodities, so-called fundamental analysis. Technical analysts, also known as technicians or chartists, try to identify price patterns and trends in financial markets and exploit them. They search for chart patterns such as head and shoulders or double top reversal patterns, study indicators such as moving averages and look for chart support and resistance levels. Major investment banks and brokerages normally employ technical as well as fundamental analysts. One of the major technical analysis tools used is the moving average.

Last update: 05/23/2017 12:42:pm EST

Stocks Below 200 DMA


Symbol Company % Below
MTUMitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, -1.58%
USLVCredit Suisse AG -5.82%
BNSBank Nova Scotia Halifax Pfd 3 -1.84%
DSKXDS HEALTHCARE GROU COM USD0.001 -86%
GASSStealthGas, Inc. -14.63%
PGEMPly Gem Holdings, Inc. Common S -1.69%
MIDDThe Middleby Corporation -4.26%
BPTBP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Trust Co -9.79%
THMInternational Tower Hill Mines, -11.8%
NPPNuveen Performance Plus Municip -3.22%
ANIKAnika Therapeutics Inc. -0.28%
BDCVBDCA Venture, Inc. -22.65%
BSTCBioSpecifics Technologies Corp -3.9%
SGASaga Communications, Inc. New C -2.9%
FTRFrontier Communications Corpora -49.26%
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Stocks Up A Minimum
of 60% above 200 DMA


Symbol Company % Above
ADEPAdept Technology, Inc. 63.48%
WGBSWaferGen Bio-systems, Inc. 133.11%
MLPMaui Land & Pineapple Company, 77.39%
AMREN/A 77.39%
IRFN/A 135.29%
RNNRexahn Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Co 564.41%
CCCRChina Commercial Credit, Inc. 69.06%
CATYWCathay General Bancorp 69.06%
CACHCACHE INC COM USD0.01 69.06%
RITTWRIT TECHNOLOGIES C/WTS 01/12/18 69.06%
CLACWCapitol Acquisition Corp. III 69.06%
IRFN/A 135.29%
MPETMagellan Petroleum Corporation 108.36%
JLAN/A 108.36%
RRSTN/A 108.36%
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