| Global Payments is a pure play payment technology company providing payments and software solutions to merchants and financial institutions. Co. has three segments: Merchant Solutions, which includes authorization services, chargeback resolution, and payment security services; Issuer Solutions, which provides solutions that enable financial institutions and other financial service providers to manage their card portfolios and reduces technical difficulty and overhead on a single platform; and Business and Consumer Solutions, which provides general purpose reloadable prepaid debit and payroll cards, demand deposit accounts and other financial service solutions through its Netspend® brand. |
When researching a stock like Global Payments, 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 GPN 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 GPN 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 GPN 200 day moving average ("GPN 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the GPN 50 day moving average ("GPN 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Global Payments. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the GPN 200 DMA and the GPN 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("GPN MACD"). The GPN 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).