Fortive stock: buy or sell?

FTV stock price: $49.65 -3.91% At close on March 27th, 2020

Updated on:
March 27th, 2020


Shares of Fortive closed yesterday at $49.65 and collapsed a scary -3.91%. On Tuesday FTV rocketed an astounding 15.85%. On Monday FTV plunged a spooky -8.50%.

Fortive Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services professional and engineered products, software, and services worldwide.

Should I buy Fortive stock?

Even if you are a experienced or a novel trader, best trading results come from using an investing strategy that never leaves to random or subjective opinions when is the best moment to buy or sell stocks. Trading strategies are meant for helping you in the decision process of what stocks to pick and when is the best moment to buy them. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at we prefer those that are simple but successful.

Currently, Fortive stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean FTV will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is Fortive stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions publish stock ratings everyday. Unfortunately, we couldn't find any rating for FTV stock for the last month.

Fortive stock analysis

Daily outlook

Fortive closed yesterday at $49.65 and collapsed a scary -3.91%.

Fortive collapsed a scary -3.91% and closed at $49.65. Since Feb 24th when FTV stock price broke down the SMA200d line, it slid $-26.08 per share (-34.44%).

FTV stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

After sliding for 4 weeks, this week Fortive climbed a super good 8.93%, closing at $49.65. Last week FTV plunged a hair-raising -31.04% in just one week. After 4 weeks sliding, this week raised a 6.81%.

Since late February, when FTV stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-26.08 per share (-34.44%). Stocks below the 40-weeks moving average line are usually not recommended for average traders. Far behind is the all-time high Fortive recorded late April 2019 and since then the price is -44.29% below that top.

FTV stock chart (weekly)

Fortive stock price history

Fortive IPO was on July 5th, 2016 at $48.59 per share1. Since then, FTV stock surged a 2.20%, with a yearly average of 0.70%. If you had invested $1,000 in Fortive stock in 2016, it would worth $22.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

Fortive stock historical price chart

FTV stock reached all-time highs on April with a price of $89.13.

Fortive stock price target

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, many stock price predictions are published every day by banks, financial institutions and independent analysts. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last month we have not detected any price target for Fortive stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Fortive presented slightly fine results for 2018-Q4 . Fortive gained Earnings per Share (EPS) by 5.80%, beating experts estimates of $0.86. Fortive posted $0.91.
FTV earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual sales report draw a dazzling gain of 12.10% to $6,452.70 M dollars. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, in line, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) boosted a 27.01% to 45.16%.

FTV annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$5,960 M-$831 M13.9%-
2014$6,337 M6.33%$883 M13.9%6.32%
2015$6,179 M-2.50%$864 M14.0%-2.22%
2016$6,224 M0.74%$872 M14.0%0.98%
2017$5,756 M-7.52%$1,045 M18.1%19.74%
2018$6,453 M12.10%$2,914 M45.2%178.97%

Quarterly financial results

Fortive posted $1,015.90 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a -44.79% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $2,112.30 M with a profit margin of 207.92%. Profit margin skyrocketed a 194.59% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 13.33%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Fortive sales marked a spooky correction and plunged a -43.77%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Fortive posted 2 negative quarters in a row.
FTV quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$1,630 M-$240 M14.7%-
2017-Q3$1,690 M3.68%$268 M15.8%11.54%
2017-Q4$1,807 M6.91%$337 M18.6%25.80%
2018-Q1$1,741 M-3.65%$261 M15.0%-22.47%
2018-Q2$1,856 M6.62%$295 M15.9%12.94%
2018-Q3$1,840 M-0.86%$245 M13.3%-16.85%
2018-Q4$1,016 M-44.79%$2,112 M207.9%761.11%
2019-Q1$1,593 M56.80%$164 M10.3%-92.22%

Fortive ownership

When you are planning to invest in a stock, it's worth to overview its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Fortive, 12.14% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

Bearish positions for FTV stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

Market cap$16.7 B
Total shares336.4 M
Float shares295.7 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)85.5%
  - Insider holdings (%)12.1%
Shares in short selling0.0%

Fortive summary

Friday, March 27th, 2020
Day range$47.70 - $50.94
Previous close$51.67
Session gain-3.91%
Average true range$5.76
50d mov avg$68.22
100d mov avg$71.23
200d mov avg$71.90
Daily patternlt03a
Weekly pattern

Fortive performance

Stocks performance is always measured in comparision to the market or competitors and related stocks in the same industry. We compared Fortive against in the following table:

Fortive competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as Fortive competitor. This doesn't mean Fortive does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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