Weighted Moving Average

Weighted Moving Average

The Weighted Moving Average places more importance on recent price moves; therefore, the Weighted Moving Average reacts more quickly to price changesthan the regular Simple Moving Average (see: Simple Moving Average). A basic example (3-period) of how the Weighted Moving Average is calculated is presented below:

• Prices for the past 3 days have been \$5, \$4, and \$8.
• Since there are 3 periods, the most recent day (\$8) gets a weight of 3, the second recent day (\$4) receives a weight of 2, and the last day of the 3-periods (\$5) receives a weight of just one.
• The calculation is as follows: [(3 x \$8) + (2 x \$4) + (1 x \$5)] / 6 = \$6.17

The Weighted Moving Average value of 6.17 compares to the Simple Moving Average calculation of 5.67. Note how the large price increase of 8 that occured on the most recent day was better reflected in the Weighted Moving Average calculation.

The chart below of Wal-Mart stock illustrates the visual difference between a 10-day Weighted Moving Average and a 10-day Simple Moving Average:

Buy and sell signals for the Weighted Moving Average indicator are discussed in depth with the Simple Moving Average indicator