| Baxter International, through its subsidiaries, provides a portfolio of healthcare products, including acute and chronic dialysis therapies; sterile intravenous solutions; infusion systems and devices; parenteral nutrition therapies; inhaled anesthetics; generic injectable pharmaceuticals; and surgical hemostat and sealant products. These products are used by hospitals, kidney dialysis centers, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, doctors' offices and by patients at home under physician supervision. Co. manages its business based on three geographic segments: Americas (North and South America), Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific. |
When researching a stock like Baxter International, 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 BAX 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 BAX 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 BAX 200 day moving average ("BAX 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the BAX 50 day moving average ("BAX 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Baxter International. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the BAX 200 DMA and the BAX 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("BAX MACD"). The BAX 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).