| International Flavors & Fragrances is a creator and manufacturer of food, beverage, health and biosciences, scent and pharma solutions and complementary adjacent products. Co.'s business segments are: Nourish, which comprises food ingredients, flavor compounds, and savory solutions and inclusions; Health and Biosciences, which comprises a portfolio of enzymes, food cultures, probiotics and other ingredients for food, home and personal care, and health and wellness applications; Scent, which creates fragrance compounds, fragrance ingredients and cosmetic ingredients and personal care products; and Pharma Solutions, which produces cellulosics and seaweed-based pharma excipients. |
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 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 IFF 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.