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How is EMA50 and EMA200 being calculated on the charts as it looks non-standard?


mgwuk

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I downloaded historical data from the US 500 via the API. I verified that the 320 data points I downloaded match the UI on the graph. When I calculate the EMA50 and EMA200 on my dataset correctly I get a different result to what is shown on the IG charts. I thought it may a precision difference that could cause the small difference I'm seeing but I checked that and that looks okay to me. I checked my dataset and it's clean without missing data.

I'm doing my calculation in Python as follows:

# Apply the exponential moving averages
df_ta["ema50"] = df_ta["close"].ewm(span=50, adjust=False).mean()
df_ta["ema200"] = df_ta["close"].ewm(span=200, adjust=False).mean()


Just for interest sake I checked the SMA50 and SMA200 and they are an exact match.

There is something strange about the EMA calculation on the charts. Does anyone know what it is?
 

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