Simple Moving Average Indicator in Excel

You can use this template to build your own Simple Moving Average technical indicator for any stock.

Simple Moving Average Excel Template

In this article, we will be covering the following.

  1. Introduction to Technical Indicators
  2. Simple Moving Average – Concept
  3. Template and its Features


Microsoft has introduced a new feature in Excel called Data types. One of the data types is ‘Stocks’. That’s what we will be using for these templates. This feature is available in Microsoft 365 Subscription Plans for PC and Web

For all the templates in this ‘Excel for Stock Market’ series, please visit


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Technical Indicators

Technical Analysis is the study of market action, primarily through the use of charts, for the purpose of forecasting future price trends. ‘Market action’ includes the three principal sources of information available to the technician – Price, Volume and open Interest.

Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets – John J. Murphy

Technical indicators are calculations that are performed on the history of the stock, primarily the price and trading volume of the stock, in order to determine when to buy or sell.

There is a lot of technical indicators, commonly used by traders. There is also no limit to what calculation you use to identify trading signals – when to buy, when to sell, when not to buy or sell.

We will see how we can use Excel to calculate some of the most used technical indicators.

How to calculate Moving Averages?

Moving Averages is one of the most used technical indicators. It is a simple concept, easy to understand and interpret. It is basically a smoothing device.

Let’s take a simple example where we have closing price of a stock for each trading day.

To calculate the moving average of 5 periods, for March 26th, we average the price of 5 days (Mar 22nd to 26th).

To calculate the moving average of 5 periods, for March 25th, we average the price of 5 days (Mar 19th  to 25th).

A couple of parameters in this calculation are

1) Length of the moving average – how many periods to use for calculating average. In the example above, we used 5.

Common moving average lengths are 10, 20, 50, 100 and 200.

If the length is greater, the smoothing effect is greater and the indicator is less impacted by sudden price fluctuations.

2) Source – what value are we averaging. In the example we used the closing price of the stock.

Though Closing price is the most used for calculating simple moving average, you can also use High, Low, Open, and Volume as well.


Commonly used trading signals using the Moving average method are listed below.

Once again there is no golden rule or a rule that works all the time. Otherwise, everyone will use that rule and make a lot of money easily.

  1. If the closing price moves from below the Moving Average line to above the Moving average line, then a Buy signal is generated.
  2. If the closing price moves from above the Moving Average line to below the Moving average line, then a Sell signal is generated.

Simple Moving Average Template

The template will help you create the Moving Average line and also calculate the trading signals instantly for any stock.

Simple Moving Average Technical Indicator in Excel

How to calculate Moving Averages in Excel?

Type in a stock sticker symbol. If Excel does not recognize your stock symbol, it will pop up this data selector box.

Choose the Stock

You can select the stock you are interested in.


The template can pull up to 5 years of price history by default. You can choose how much history to display on the chart easily using the slicer buttons.

History Period to choose for chart display

The options are 5 Days, Month Till Date, 1 Month, 3 Months, 6 Months, Year Till Date, 1 Year, 5 Years.


The template allows price history at 3 different intervals.

Interval of Stock History Data

Daily/Weekly/Monthly are the options.

Simple Moving Average Inputs – Length and Source

Length: You can type in a length in periods. For example, in the above screenshot, we have entered 5 periods.

Source: Choose from the drop down list of the 5 options for source values.

The chart will update automatically based on all the above inputs.

Trading Signals

The template shows the buy and sell signals on the chart.

Buy and Sell Trading Signals
  1. If the closing price moves from below the Moving Average line to above the Moving average line, then a Buy signal is generated.
  2. If the closing price moves from above the Moving Average line to below the Moving average line, then a Sell signal is generated.
  3. If neither is true, no signal will be generated.

In addition, if the latest day has a Buy or Sell signal, it is displayed on the top next to the current price.

Current Trading Signal – Buy Signal
Sell Signal


On the top right you can see the maximum of the last trade time of these currencies.

The default time that Microsoft provides is UTC.  The offset is set to -7 hrs, to convert to pacific time zone.

You can modify this if you need the time in a different time zone.

Visit to view offset


The foundation of this template is the Stocks Data type and StockHistory function.

Please read more on Stocks Data Type.
Please read more on StockHistory function and how we use to extract the price history of a stock or currency.

Here is the link to the article from Microsoft which shows which exchanges are available and the delay in data refresh for each.

How to refresh?

To refresh the price and other information, just use the regular Excel refresh in the Data ribbon.

Refresh stocks data


Please share your experience. I expect this to be different with different exchanges and countries. Is it working for you? Is it working differently? I would love to hear from you.

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  • i wan to use in nepali market plz help how use in nepali market i dont know plz help

    • Thank you for showing interest in our template.

      You can enter the ticker symbol cell B2 to get the chart for the entered ticker symbol. Note: you will require Excel 365 subscription to use the template.

      Best wishes.

  • Hi
    I am using trying to use this template. I have downloaded and refreshed the data. I can see the latest price and last traded dates are updated properly in SMA sheet. However no graph ploted, dates in the grpah represents 00/01/1900 date. I tried to debug in HELP sheet but seems to have formuala issues lot of items are #NA (C_CHART_ST_ROW, C_CHART_MIN_DT) and more of the tables are empty. Seems like data not extracted properly.

    Note: I am using laptop which is having UK date format.

    • Thank you for showing interest in our template.

      I have checked our sheet and I am unable to replicate the highlighted issue. The template requires Excel 365 subscription and if you have Excel 365 version installed and still you are unable to refresh the data in the sheet, requesting to share your sheet with the highlighted concern to to check further.

      Best wishes.


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