| Northern Trust is a financial holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is a provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking solutions. Co.'s segments are: Asset Servicing, which provides asset servicing and related services to corporate and public retirement funds, foundations, endowments, fund managers, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, and other institutional investors; and Wealth Management, which provides trust, investment management, custody, and philanthropic services, financial consulting, guardianship and estate administration, family business consulting, family financial education, brokerage services, and private and business banking.
When researching a stock like Northern Trust, 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 NTRS 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 NTRS 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 NTRS 200 day moving average ("NTRS 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the NTRS 50 day moving average ("NTRS 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Northern Trust. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the NTRS 200 DMA and the NTRS 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("NTRS MACD"). The NTRS 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).