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Moving average (finance)

Moving average (finance) Definition

In technical analysis, a moving average is one of a family of similar statistical techniques used to analyse financial time series data.

A moving average series can be calculated for any time series, but is most often applied to time series of stock prices, returns or trading volumes. Moving averages are used to eliminate short-term fluctuations in time series and highlight long-term trends and cycles. The threshold between short-term and long-term depends on the application, and the parameters of the moving average will be set accordingly.




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