| Ecolab is a provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies and services. Co.'s segments include: Global Industrial, which provides water treatment and process applications, and cleaning and sanitizing solutions in the manufacturing, food and beverage processing, chemical, power generation, pharmaceutical and commercial laundry industries; Global Institutional, which provides cleaning and sanitizing products to the foodservice, hospitality, lodging, healthcare, government, education and retail industries; and Global Energy, which serves the process chemicals and water treatment needs of the global petroleum and petrochemical industries in both upstream and downstream applications. |
When researching a stock like Ecolab, 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 ECL 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 ECL 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 ECL 200 day moving average ("ECL 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the ECL 50 day moving average ("ECL 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Ecolab. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the ECL 200 DMA and the ECL 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("ECL MACD"). The ECL 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).