| Fortive is a provider of technologies for connected workflow solutions across a range of end-markets. Co.'s segments include: Intelligent Operating Solutions, which provides workflow solutions to accelerate industrial and facility reliability and performance, as well as compliance and safety across a range of vertical end markets; Precision Technologies, which supplies instrumentation and sensing technologies to a set of vertical end markets, enabling its customers to accelerate the development, manufacture and launch of products and solutions; and Advanced Healthcare Solutions, which supplies workflow solutions to hospitals and other healthcare customers.
When researching a stock like Fortive, 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 FTV 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 FTV 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 FTV 200 day moving average ("FTV 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the FTV 50 day moving average ("FTV 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Fortive. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the FTV 200 DMA and the FTV 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("FTV MACD"). The FTV 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).