| International Flavors & Fragrances is a creator and manufacturer of taste, scent and complementary adjacent products, including cosmetic active and natural health ingredients. Co.'s operating segments are Taste and Scent. The Taste segment develops a range of different flavors and taste offerings for its customers, most of which are tailor-made. Co.'s Taste business is comprised of various portfolios across flavor compounds, savory solutions, inclusions and nutrition and specialty ingredients. The Scent segment creates fragrance compounds and fragrance ingredients for the household and personal care products. Co. also produces cosmetic active and functional ingredients for use in cosmetics. |
When researching a stock like International Flavors and Fragrances, 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 IFF 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 IFF 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 IFF 200 day moving average ("IFF 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the IFF 50 day moving average ("IFF 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for International Flavors and Fragrances. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the IFF 200 DMA and the IFF 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("IFF MACD"). The IFF 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).