| Fortive designs, develops, services, manufactures and markets professional and engineered products, software and services. Co.'s segments are: Professional Instrumentation, which provides products, software and services, used to create actionable intelligence by measuring and monitoring physical parameters in industrial applications, including electrical current, radio frequency signals, distance, pressure, temperature, turbidity, radiation, and hazardous gases, and used to provide critical sterilization and disinfection solutions; and Industrial Technologies, which provides critical technical equipment, components, software and services for manufacturing, repair and transportation markets. |
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).