| Albemarle is a developer, manufacturer and marketer of chemicals. The end markets Co. serves include energy storage, petroleum refining, consumer electronics, construction, automotive, lubricants, pharmaceuticals and crop protection. Co.'s segments include: Lithium, which develops and manufactures a range of basic lithium compounds, including lithium carbonate, lithium hydroxide, lithium chloride, and other lithium specialties and reagents; Bromine, which includes products used in fire safety solutions and other chemicals applications; and Catalysts, which consist of clean fuels technologies, fluidized catalytic cracking catalysts and additives and performance catalyst solutions. |
When researching a stock like Albemarle, many investors are the most familiar with Fundamental Analysis — looking at a company's balance sheet, earnings, revenues, and what's happening in that company's underlying business. Investors who use Fundamental Analysis to identify good stocks to buy or sell can also benefit from ALB Technical Analysis to help find a good entry or exit point. Technical Analysis is blind to the fundamentals and looks only at the trading data for ALB stock — the real life supply and demand for the stock over time — and examines that data in different ways. One of those ways is to calculate a Simpe Moving Average ("SMA") by looking back a certain number of days. One of the most popular "longer look-backs" is the ALB 200 day moving average ("ALB 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the ALB 50 day moving average ("ALB 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Albemarle. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the ALB 200 DMA and the ALB 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("ALB MACD"). The ALB MACD chart, in conjunction with the chart of the moving averages, basically helps in visualizing how the moving averages are showing convergence (moving closer together), or divergence (moving farther apart).