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A trend following indicator. It also known as arithmetic moving average. It is calculated by adding the closing (other prices may also be used like open, high low, typical, median etc.) price of a number of candlesticks (equal to the time period of the moving average) and then dividing this number by the total number of prices. The result is known as the average. The oldest price is then dropped (i.e. discarded from the calculation) and the same formula is applied to the next prices. Therefore, it becomes the moving average.
Simple Moving Average = [Price(n) + Price(n-1) + Price(n-2) + … + Price(1)] / n
Where n is the period of the moving average.
Category: Technical Indicators