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Tickers in this Article: QCOR, BBBY, DWA, DLTR, SHLD, RDEN, FOSL
The market is having a bad day so far: the Nasdaq has fallen 0.3%; the S&P 500 has declined 0.3%; and the Dow is trading down 0.1%. The Nasdaq Composite Index represents all the stocks that trade on the Nasdaq stock market.

The biggest movers traded on the NASDAQ so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Questcor Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:QCOR)$3.01 billion+7.8%
Bed Bath & Beyond (Nasdaq:BBBY)$15.88 billion-7.5%
Dreamworks Animation Skg (Nasdaq:DWA)$1.48 billion+5.7%
Dollar Tree (Nasdaq:DLTR)$10.78 billion+5%
Sears (Nasdaq:SHLD)$6.49 billion-4.7%
Elizabeth Arden (Nasdaq:RDEN)$1.32 billion+3.7%
Fossil (Nasdaq:FOSL)$5.49 billion-3.3%
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Questcor Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq:QCOR) has moved up 7.8% and is currently trading at $28.40 per share. The company's volume is currently 17.3 million shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday. When a stock price moves up or down, watching the volume is a good way of identifying how significant that shift is. Looking at a company's valuation ratios is a good way of getting a basic idea as to its value as an investment. Perhaps one of the most widely-used stock analysis tools is the price-to-earnings ratio, or P/E. P/E ratio for QCOR is 12.8. To determine the P/E ratio, an investor divides the market price of the stock by the earnings-per-share (EPS) of the stock. SEE: How To Use The P/E Ratio And PEG To Tell The Future Of A Stock

Slipping 7.5%, Bed Bath & Beyond (Nasdaq:BBBY) is currently trading at $63.66 per share. At 8.6 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 3.6 times its current daily average. Price change alone is not enough to know how a stock is doing. Volume is an important secondary indicator used to confirm trends suggested by price movement. Investors can make use of valuation ratios to estimate whether a stock is fairly valued. One of the favorite tools of many value investors is analyzing price/book value ratios, as it provides a measure of the underlying value of a company's assets as compared to the valuation of its equity. BBBY has a P/B ratio of 3.81 which shows that its share price is higher than its book value. This may be a sign that the company is overvalued. A weakness of the P/B value ratio is that while the price component is easily determined by looking at the stock quote, the book value component is more difficult to estimate and more open to individual interpretation and analysis. SEE: How Buybacks Warps The Price-To-Book Ratio

Dreamworks Animation Skg (Nasdaq:DWA) is at $18.72 per share after an increase of 5.7%. The company's volume for the day so far is 379,283 shares. As a stock moves up or down, it is important to pay attention to the trading volume. This indicates the level of interest: the higher the volume, the more the interest. Valuation ratios like the price to earnings (P/E) ratio, the price to earnings growth (PEG) ratio, the price to sales (P/S) ratio, the price to book (P/B) ratio, and the dividend yield are useful in determining how attractive a potential or existing investment is. The price/earnings to growth (PEG) ratio can reveal value what price/earnings (P/E) ratios alone may not so that if a company has a high P/E ratio (an indication that its stock is overpriced) but its earnings are growing very quickly, the PEG ratio may reveal that the company is actually fairly valued, or perhaps even a bargain. PEG ratio for DWA is 2.67. Because of the adjustment for earnings growth rate, the PEG ratio is somewhat more useful than many formulas for comparing companies in different industries.

Dollar Tree (Nasdaq:DLTR) is at $49.39 per share after an increase of 5%. The company's volume for the day so far is 2.5 million shares, 0.9 times the current three-month average. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is. Understanding investment valuation ratios allows an investor to assess the true value of an individual stock. While measuring a price/earnings ratio (P/E ratio) is a popular valuation technique, the measure cannot be calculated for companies without earnings, so some investors analyze the price/sales ratio. The P/S ratio for DLTR is 1.66, which is relatively high. In young companies, a high P/S ratio is a sign of sales growth that is expected to turn into earnings and cash flow. A limitation of the P/S ratio is that the price component measures only stock market captialization, while sales are a function of the entire capital structure, potentially leading to wide differences between levered and unlevered companies.

After a decline of 4.7%, Sears (Nasdaq:SHLD) has hit a share price of $58.71. So far today, the company's volume is 448,322 shares. In technical analysis, trading volume is used to determine the strength of a market indicator. While investment valuation ratios are useful tools in estimating the attractiveness of an investment, remember that it is important to look at a company's historical performance and compare the company ratios with its competitors and industry overall. The debt ratio gives users a quick measure of the amount of debt that the company has on its balance sheets compared to its assets. SHLD has a high debt ratio of 78.8%. This might mean that the company now has low borrowing capacity, which reduces it's financial flexibility. However, one thing to note with this ratio: it isn't a pure measure of a company's debt (or indebtedness), as it also includes operational liabilities, such as accounts payable and taxes payable.

Elizabeth Arden (Nasdaq:RDEN) is currently trading at $45.59 per share, a 3.7% increase. The company's volume is currently 100,289 shares for the day, 0.7 times the average daily volume. If a stock price makes a big move up or down, volume lets us know the significance of that move. Investment valuation ratios can be very useful in estimating whether a stock price is too high, reasonable or a bargain investment opportunity. A company's capitalization (not to be confused with its market capitalization) is the term used to describe the makeup of a company's permanent or long-term capital, which consists of both long-term debt and shareholders' equity. RDEN has a capitalization ratio of 34.2%. This ratio is considered to be one of the more meaningful of the "debt" ratios - it delivers the key insight into the use of leverage by a company.

Fossil (Nasdaq:FOSL) is currently trading at a share price of $88.74, a 3.3% decline. So far today, 295,312 shares have changed hands. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest. Investors can make use of valuation ratios to estimate whether a stock is fairly valued. The debt-equity (D/E) ratio compares the total liabilities for a company to its total shareholder equity. The debt-equity ratio of 10% is relatively low. Companies with low D/E ratios are more attractive to investors because they are better able to protect their business interests in times of decline. This easy-to-calculate ratio provides a general indication of a company's equity-liability relationship and is helpful to investors looking for a quick take on a company's leverage.

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. Keep in mind that all these ratios should be compared against historical numbers and industry information in order to get a more complete picture.

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