Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) is moving lower ahead of the market open as the stock is gapping down -1.42%. A recent bid puts the equity at $169.05.
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Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST)’s performance this year to date is 11.40%. The stock has performed 3.10% over the last seven days, 7.95% over the last thirty, and 7.31% over the last three months. Over the last six months, Costco Wholesale Corporation’s stock has been 1.35% and 17.35% for the year.
SIMPLE MOVING AVERAGE
The simple moving average is the most common method used to calculate the moving average of prices. It takes the sum of all of the past closing prices over a specific time period and divides the result by the number of prices used in the calculation. Costco Wholesale Corporation’s 20-Day Simple Moving Average is 2.85%. Extending back, their 50-Day Simple Moving Average is 4.11%, looking even further back, their 200-Day Simple Moving Average stands at 3.51%.