Investors are watching Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) ahead of the market open as shares are gapping down -1.49% with the stock currently sitting at $2.02.
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A gap is a space between prices that occurs when the price of a stock makes a move down or up when there is no trading happening in between. Gaps are created by numerous factors. Poor earnings, bad news, organizational changes and/or market influences can cause a stock’s price to decrease suddenly.
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Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA)’s performance this year to date is -14.04%. The stock has performed 10.99% over the last seven days, -3.35% over the last thirty, and 0.50% over the last three months. Over the last six months, Ascena Retail Group, Inc.’s stock has been -4.72% and -60.47% 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. Ascena Retail Group, Inc.’s 20-Day Simple Moving Average is -2.74%. Extending back, their 50-Day Simple Moving Average is -5.74%, looking even further back, their 200-Day Simple Moving Average stands at -8.03%.