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July 28, 2014
14:39 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works technical notes ahead of earnings
The shares have turned in a flat performance in the last three months, but have traded in a relatively wide range. The peak of price for that range was at $89.50, the 52-week high with $84 the low. Price was last at $84.74. With the recent decline from peak, the stock has broken the longer-term uptrend in place since the lows of February. The 10-day and 50-day moving averages have bearishly crossed, indicating a loss of upside momentum. On worse than anticipated results or guidance, the 200-day moving average at $82.49 would be a first and important test of support. A breakdown below the 200-day would be bearish for the long-term and is a sell signal in many trading systems with long time frames. Additional support below $82.49 would be at $79.47 and $76.25. On better than expected news, resistance would be at $87, the 50-day moving average. It would take a move back above the 50-day to put the shares back on a bullish footing. Next resistance would be at $89.50, the life high for the stock. Any move above that level would have no resistance to encounter, with $90 and $92.50 as possible objectives.
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November 17, 2015
15:36 EDTITWAirgas deal potentially negative for Lincoln Electric, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Matthew McConnell Air Liquide's acquisition of Airgas (ARG) opens the possibility that the French company could enter the market for U.S. welding equipment manufacturing, which is currently concentrated with top three players Lincoln Electric (LECO), Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Colfax (CFX). The firm, which assumes that roughly 8% of Lincoln Electric's total sales go through Airgas, said the merger deal is most relevant for Lincoln, but also potentially negative for the other two. The firm keeps Sector Perform ratings on Lincoln, Illinois Tool and Colfax.

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