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Tickers in this Article: ANF, DE, IOC, TW, GEF, AGCO, RGR
Currently, the Nasdaq has climbed 0.2%, the S&P 500 has been relatively flat and the Dow has moved little. Formerly run as a private organization, the NYSE became a public entity in 2005 following the acquisition of electronic trading exchange Archipelago.

The biggest movers traded on the NYSE so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE:ANF).67 billion+10.5%
Deere & Co (NYSE:DE).87 billion-7.7%
InterOil Corporation (USA) (NYSE:IOC).02 billion-6.8%
Towers Watson & Co (NYSE:TW).71 billion+6.5%
Greif, Inc. (NYSE:GEF).05 billion-4.8%
AGCO Corporation (NYSE:AGCO).33 billion-4.6%
Sturm, Ruger & Company (NYSE:RGR)1.2 million-4.3%
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Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) rose a significant 10.5% to reach $35.73 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 6.6 million shares, 1.2 times the current daily average. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it. Investment valuation ratios can be very useful in determining the value of a stock, but it is very important to keep in mind that while some financial ratios have general rules (or a broad application), in most instances it is a prudent practice to look at a company's historical performance and use peer company/industry comparisons to put any given company's ratio in perspective. A company's price/earnings ratio (P/E ratio) provides a measure of how expensive or cheap a stock is. ANF has a P/E ratio of 27.3, high compared to the industry average of 18.8. This could mean that the market is expecting big things over the next few months or years. High P/E stocks could be "growth" stocks, while low PE stocks may be "value" stocks. SEE: Investment Valuation Ratios: Price/Earnings Ratio

Deere (NYSE:DE) has decreased to $74.00 per share, a 7.7% fall. So far today, 9.5 million shares have changed hands. This is 3.1 times the current three-month average. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is. Investors can use valuation ratios as tools to estimate what kind of deal a particular investment is. The price/book value ratio is calculated by dividing the current stock price by the company's book value per share. DE's stock is trading for more than its book value with a P/B ratio of 3.99. It is important to take the company's debt into account when using the P/B ratio as debt can boost a company's liabilities to the point where they wipe out much of the book value of its hard assets, creating artificially high P/B values. P/B has its shortcomings but is still widely used as a valuation metric, more relevant for use by investors looking at capital-intensive or finance-related businesses, such as banks; book value does not carry much meaning for service-based firms with few tangible assets. SEE: How Buybacks Warps The Price-To-Book Ratio

InterOil Corporation (NYSE:IOC) is currently trading at a share price of $77.71, a 6.8% decline. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 1.1 million shares. 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. Investment valuation ratios provide investors with an estimation, albeit a simplistic one, of the value of a stock. The price/sales ratio measures a company's stock market price by its revenues. IOC's P/S ratio of 2.04 is on the high side. In young companies, a high P/S ratio is a sign of sales growth that is expected to turn into earnings and cash flow. All things being equal, a low P/S ratio is good news for investors, while a very high one can be a warning sign.

Towers (NYSE:TW) is currently trading at $55.02 per share, a 6.5% increase. The company's volume is currently 535,875 shares for the day, on pace to finish the day below yesterday's volume of 2.1 million shares. Volume indicates the level of interest that investors have in a company at its current price. When estimating the value of a particular investment, valuation ratios provide a good basis for assessing the value of an individual stock. The debt ratio is calculated by dividing total liabilities by total assets. TW's debt ratio of 47.1% is on the low side. This indicates that the company engages in conservative financing with opportunities to borrow in the future at no significant risk. 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.

After a decline of 4.8%, Greif (NYSE:GEF) has hit a share price of $41.23. The company's volume for the morning is 301,193 shares. This is 2.5 times its average daily volume. Volume is used to evaluate how meaningful the price movement of a stock is. A wide array of ratios can be used by investors to estimate the attractiveness of a potential or existing investment and get an idea of its valuation. The dividend yield is measured by taking the annual dividends per share and dividing that number by the stock price. Dividend yield for GEF is 3.9%. It is important to remember that dividends are only one component of a stock's return and capital appreciation (or decline) must also be considered when evaluating a security. SEE: Dividend Yield For The Downturn

At $42.44, AGCO (NYSE:AGCO) has slipped 4.6%. The company's volume for the day so far is 1.4 million shares, 1.4 times the current three-month average. 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. 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. AGCO's capitalization ratio is 31.4%. A low level of debt and a healthy proportion of equity in a company's capital structure is an indication of financial fitness.

Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) has fallen 4.3% and is currently trading at $46 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 701,769 shares. High volume indicates a lot of investor interest while low volume indicates the opposite. Investors can make use of valuation ratios to estimate whether a stock is fairly valued. One of the most important estimates of stock market valuation is the price/earnings ratio (P/E ratio). Compared to the industry average of 5.36, RGR's P/E ratio of 16.0 is quite high. A company with a high P/E ratio will eventually have to live up to the high rating by substantially increasing its earnings, or the price will need to drop. From the investor's perspective, a stock with a lower ratio is relatively cheaper than a stock with a higher ratio. SEE: Can Investors Trust the P/E Ratio?

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. 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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