# đź“ŠMoving Average(MA): Use Cases

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đź“Ť What Is a Moving Average (MA)?
A Moving Average (MA) is a popular technical analysis tool used in finance to indicate the stock's average price over a certain time frame. Its purpose is to reduce price volatility by creating a continually updated average price based on the stock's historical data.
The computation of a moving average helps to minimize the influence of unpredictable and short-term price fluctuations on a stock over a designated period. Two types of moving averages are commonly used: simple moving averages (SMAs) that employ a straightforward arithmetic mean of prices over a particular timeframe, and exponential moving averages (EMAs) that prioritize recent prices over older ones by assigning them greater weight.

đź“Ť Simple Moving Average(SMA)
A simple moving average (SMA) is a technical indicator that calculates the average of a range of prices over a specific number of time periods. It can help determine if an asset price will continue or reverse a bull or bear trend. It is an arithmetic moving average, calculated by adding recent prices and dividing by the number of time periods in the calculation. SMAs can be short-term or long-term, with short-term averages responding quickly to price changes and long-term averages being slower. Other types of moving averages include exponential moving averages (EMAs) and weighted moving averages (WMAs).

đź“Ť What Is an Exponential Moving Average (EMA)?
The exponential moving average (EMA) is a moving average (MA) technique that assigns more weight to the most recent data points. It is also known as the exponentially weighted moving average. Compared to a simple moving average (SMA) that gives equal weight to all data points in the period, an EMA reacts more strongly to recent price changes.

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