| International Business Machines provides solutions and products that utilize data, information technology (IT), capability in industries and business processes. Co. has five segments: Cloud and Cognitive Software, which brings together Co.'s software platforms and solutions, enabling it to help clients predict, automate and improve, on a hybrid cloud; Global Business Services, which provides clients consulting, business process and application management services; Global Technology Services, which provides IT infrastructure and platform services; Systems, which provides infrastructure platforms; and Global Financing, which includes financing and remanufacturing and remarketing businesses. |
When researching a stock like International Business Machines, 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 IBM 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 IBM stock — the real life supply and demand for the stock over time — and examines that data in different ways. One of these ways is called the Relative Strength Index, or RSI. This popular indicator, originally developed in the 1970's by J. Welles Wilder, looks at a 14-day moving average of a stock's gains on its up days, versus its losses on its down days. The resulting IBM RSI is a value that measures momentum, oscillating between "oversold" and "overbought" on a scale of zero to 100. A reading below 30 is viewed to be oversold, which a bullish investor could look to as a sign that the selling is in the process of exhausting itself, and look for entry point opportunities. A reading above 70 is viewed to be overbought, which could indicate that a rally in progress is starting to get crowded with buyers. If the rally has been a long one, that could be a sign that a pullback is overdue.