- noun an average of share prices on a stock market, where the calculation is made over a period which moves forward regularly. The commonest are 100-day or 200-day averages, or 40-week moving averages. The average is calculated as the average figure for the whole period, and moves forward one day or week at a time. These averages are often used by chartists.
- A way that technical analysts smooth out data on forex charts to make trends easier to discern. Moving averages are computed and plotted over the price action by taking the statistical mean of a series of prices observed over a particular time period, and then successively moving the selected group of data incrementally forward in time.