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Tickers in this Article: EPHC, VRA, AKAM, COST, EPAY, ATHN, LANC
The market is having a good day so far. The Nasdaq has climbed 0.7%; the S&P 500 is up 0.3%; and the Dow has moved up 0.3%. The Nasdaq Composite Index is a capitalization-weighted index, with each company weighted in proportion to its market value.

The biggest movers traded on the NASDAQ so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Epoch (Nasdaq:EPHC)$518.7 million+26.6%
Vera Bradley (Nasdaq:VRA)$1.06 billion-9.8%
Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq:AKAM)$6.3 billion+9.7%
Costco (Nasdaq:COST)$45.81 billion-7%
Bottomline (Nasdaq:EPAY)$939 million-6.6%
athenahealth (Nasdaq:ATHN)$2.38 billion+6.5%
Lancaster (Nasdaq:LANC)$2.1 billion-6.4%
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Epoch (Nasdaq:EPHC) is trading at $27.73 per share, a significant rise of 26.6%. The company's volume for the day so far is 4.1 million shares. This is 97 times its current daily average.

At $23.65, Vera Bradley (Nasdaq:VRA) has slipped 9.8%. The company's volume for the day so far is 2.3 million shares, 4.6 times its average over the past three months.

Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq:AKAM) is at $38.93 per share after an increase of 9.7%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 4.5 million shares.

Costco (Nasdaq:COST) is currently trading at a share price of $98.48, a 7% decline. So far today, the company's volume is 2.3 million shares, which is likely to result in less activity than yesterday's volume of 8.5 million shares.

Bottomline (Nasdaq:EPAY) has fallen 6.6% and is currently trading at $23.45 per share. This morning, the company's volume is 391,477 shares. This is three times the current daily average.

athenahealth (Nasdaq:ATHN) has increased to a share price of $69.97, a 6.5% rise. So far today, the company's volume is 1.3 million shares, 2.7 times the average volume over the last three months.

Lancaster (Nasdaq:LANC) is trading at $72.12 per share, down 6.4%. The company is currently trading a volume of 167,587 shares.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. 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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