| Raymond James Financial is a bank holding company and financial holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Co. is engaged in various financial services activities. Co. has five segments: Private Client Group, which provides financial planning, investment advisory and securities transaction services; Capital Markets, which conducts investment banking, institutional sales, securities trading, equity research, and the syndication and management of investments; Asset Management, which provides asset management, portfolio management and related administrative services; Bank, which consists of Raymond James Bank, Fed member bank, and TriState Capital Bank; and Other. |
When researching a stock like Raymond James Financial, 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 RJF 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 RJF 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 RJF 200 day moving average ("RJF 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the RJF 50 day moving average ("RJF 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Raymond James Financial. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the RJF 200 DMA and the RJF 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("RJF MACD"). The RJF 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).