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Tickers in this Article: PANL, EZCH, GHDX, AMCX, EPAY, SLXP, APEI
The market is having a bad day so far: the Nasdaq has slipped 0.5%; the S&P 500 is trading down 0.2%; and the Dow has decreased 0.2%. The recent surge in popularity of technological stocks has launched the Nasdaq Composite Index into the spotlight, making it one of the premier indexes in the world.

The biggest movers traded on the NASDAQ so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Universal (Nasdaq:PANL)$1.31 billion-18.6%
EZchip (Nasdaq:EZCH)$852.4 million+16.6%
Genomic Health (Nasdaq:GHDX)$970.3 million-13.1%
AMC Networks (Nasdaq:AMCX)$3.47 billion+10.5%
Bottomline (Nasdaq:EPAY)$846.5 million+10.2%
Salix (Nasdaq:SLXP)$2.23 billion+10.1%
American Public Education (Nasdaq:APEI)$650.2 million-9%
Broker Summary: TD Ameritrade Thinkorswim

After a precipitous drop of 18.6%, Universal (Nasdaq:PANL) is now trading at a share price of $22.93. So far today, 5.5 million shares have changed hands, whereas yesterday, volume was only three million shares.

EZchip (Nasdaq:EZCH) has soared 16.6% to reach a current price of $35.39 per share. This morning, the company's volume is 1.9 million shares. This is 10 times its average daily volume.

Genomic Health (Nasdaq:GHDX) is at a share price of $27.70 after a sharp decline of 13.1%. So far today, the company's volume is 908,053 shares, 5.8 times its current three-month average.

AMC Networks (Nasdaq:AMCX) rose a significant 10.5% to reach $53.52 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 880,558 shares.

Bottomline (Nasdaq:EPAY) is trading at $24.99 per share, a significant rise of 10.2%. So far today, the company's volume is 347,173 shares, above yesterday's volume of 137,660 shares.

Salix (Nasdaq:SLXP) is currently at $41.81 per share after a dramatic increase of 10.1%. So far this morning, 1.4 million shares have changed hands. This is three times the average daily volume.

American Public Education (Nasdaq:APEI) has decreased to $32.78 per share, a 9% fall. The company's volume for the day so far is 317,915 shares, 2.9 times the average volume over the last three months.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. Tools like valuation ratios and profit margins, however, are only as useful as the context you put them in; remember to take historical data and competitor performance into account.

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