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Tickers in this Article: FAST, DISH, DECK, GEOS, RGLD, ROSE, CNQR
After this morning's trading, the market is looking good. The Nasdaq has risen 0.3%; the S&P 500 has increased 0.6%; and the Dow has moved up 0.3%. Most stocks on the Nasdaq Composite Index are technology and Internet-related, but there are financial, consumer, bio-tech and industrial companies as well.

The biggest movers traded on the NASDAQ so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Fastenal (Nasdaq:FAST)$12.53 billion+9.4%
DISH Network (Nasdaq:DISH)$14.55 billion+5.2%
Deckers (Nasdaq:DECK)$1.3 billion+5%
Geospace (Nasdaq:GEOS)$793.4 million+4.7%
Royal Gold (Nasdaq:RGLD)$5.61 billion-4.5%
Rosetta Resources (Nasdaq:ROSE)$2.37 billion+4.2%
Concur Technologies (Nasdaq:CNQR)$3.85 billion-3.1%
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Fastenal (Nasdaq:FAST) is currently trading at $46.28 per share, a 9.4% increase. So far today, the company's volume is 3.9 million shares, 2.4 times the average daily volume. In technical analysis, trading volume is used to determine the strength of a market indicator.

After an increase of 5.2%, DISH Network (Nasdaq:DISH) has reached a current price of $33.95. So far today, the company's volume is two million shares. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest.

Deckers (Nasdaq:DECK) has risen 5% to hit a current price of $36.81 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 616,381 shares, in keeping with its current three-month average. Volume is also used as a secondary indicator to help confirm what the price movement is suggesting.

Rising 4.7%, Geospace (Nasdaq:GEOS) is currently trading at $130.25 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 16,082 shares. This is about the same trading activity as there was yesterday. 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.

Royal Gold (Nasdaq:RGLD) is currently trading at a share price of $90.99, a 4.5% decline. So far today, the company's volume is 1.9 million shares, 2.6 times the average daily volume. If a stock price moves on high volume, this means that the change is a significant one.

Rosetta Resources (Nasdaq:ROSE) is at $46.65 per share after an increase of 4.2%. The company's volume for the day so far is 132,192 shares. When a stock price moves up or down, watching the volume is a good way of identifying how significant that shift is.

Concur Technologies (Nasdaq:CNQR) has decreased to $67.85 per share, a 3.1% fall. At 478,127 shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.1 times the current three-month average. If a stock is trading on low volume, then there is not much interest in the stock. On the other hand, if a stock is trading on high volume, then there is a lot of interest in the stock.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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