| Texas Instruments designs and makes semiconductors that it sells to electronics designers and manufacturers. Co.'s segments include Analog and Embedded Processing. Co.'s analog semiconductors change signals, such as sound, temperature, pressure or images, by conditioning them, amplifying them and often converting them to a stream of digital data that can be processed by other semiconductors. Co.'s embedded Processing products are designed to handle specific tasks and can be improved for various combinations of performance, power and cost, depending on the application. Co.'s Embedded Processing segment includes microcontrollers, digital signal processors and applications processors.
When researching a stock like Texas Instruments, 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 TXN 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 TXN 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 TXN 200 day moving average ("TXN 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the TXN 50 day moving average ("TXN 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Texas Instruments.