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Tickers in this Article: MW, PAY, G, WXS, WWW, ABM, EEP
The market is on the rise so far this morning. The Nasdaq is up 1.9%; the S&P 500 has increased 1.8%; and the Dow has climbed 1.7%. The NYSE is a stock exchange based in New York City, considered the largest equities-based exchange in the world based on total market capitalization of its listed securities.

The biggest movers traded on the NYSE so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Men\'s Wearhouse (NYSE:MW).62 billion+15.4%
VeriFone Systems (NYSE:PAY).81 billion-11.1%
Genpact (NYSE:G).14 billion-10.5%
Wright (NYSE:WXS).58 billion+7.6%
Wolverine World Wide (NYSE:WWW).3 billion-7.4%
ABM Industries (NYSE:ABM).1 billion-6%
Enbridge Energy Partners (NYSE:EEP).07 billion-4%
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Men's Wearhouse (NYSE:MW) is currently at $36.73 per share after a dramatic increase of 15.4%. At 1.8 million shares, the company's volume so far today is three times its current daily 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. A company's investment value can be estimated using valuation ratios such as 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. As with most ratios, comparisons of company price/earnings to growth ratios (PEG ratios) are most appropriate for similar companies. MW has a PEG ratio of 1.66, which is consistent with the industry average. While P/E ratios are important indicators of market value, a high P/E in and of itself is not bad because it may indicate a company whose earnings are growing very rapidly, so many investors look at the PEG ratio in order to get an idea of whether or not a particular P/E ratio is justified by underlying earnings growth.

VeriFone Systems (NYSE:PAY) is currently trading at $31.45 per share, after a steep drop of 11.1%. The company is currently trading a volume of 8.5 million shares. This is 3.3 times its average volume over the past three months. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is. It is important for an investor to estimate the value of any potential or existing investment; valuation ratios make this easier. The price/book value ratio is especially important for value investors as it can provide an indication of the true value of a company's assets at a time when its business model may be failing. The P/B ratio for PAY is 2.73, indicating that the stock is trading for more than its book value. This implies that investors expect management to create more value from a given set of assets and/or that the market value of the firm's assets is significantly higher than their accounting value. One problem with the P/B value ratio is that it can be difficult to calculate the true book value of a company, so investors should be aware that many measures of book value may provide only a rough estimate, and should be taken with a grain of salt. SEE: Investment Valuation Ratios: Price/Book Value Ratio

After a precipitous drop of 10.5%, Genpact (NYSE:G) is now trading at a share price of $16.62. So far today, 335,395 shares have changed hands. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest. A company's value as an investment is more easily estimated using valuation ratios such as 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. The price/sales ratio measures a company's stock market value by its total revenues or alternatively, a company's price per share by its revenue per share. G has a high P/S ratio of 2.09. This could be a good sign if the share price increases. It is important to compare P/S ratios for companies in the same industry, as ratios can vary quite widely for companies in different industries.

Wright (NYSE:WXS) has risen 7.6% and is currently trading at $71.92 per share. At 566,960 shares, the company's volume so far today is above yesterday's volume of 262,443 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. Investors can make use of valuation ratios to estimate whether a stock is fairly valued. The debt ratio shows the proportion of assets that a company is financing through debt. WXS has a debt ratio of 72.1%, which is on the high side. This might mean that the company now has low borrowing capacity, which reduces it's financial flexibility. As with all financial ratios, a company's debt ratio should be compared with the industry average or similar companies.

Wolverine World Wide (NYSE:WWW) is down 7.4% to reach $43.61 per share. So far this morning, 1.7 million shares have changed hands. This is 4.1 times the average daily volume. Volume indicates the level of interest that investors have in a company at its current price. 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-equity (D/E) ratio is a measurement of how much suppliers, lenders, creditors and obligors have committed to the company versus what the shareholders have committed. WWW has a low debt-equity ratio of 4%. This shows that the company's assets are financed primarily through equity. The D/E ratio percentage provides a much more dramatic perspective on a company's leverage position than the debt ratio percentage.

Currently trading at $19.13 per share, ABM Industries (NYSE:ABM) has fallen 6%. The company's volume is currently 556,017 shares for the day, 1.8 times the current three-month average. If a stock price moves on high volume, this means that the change is a significant one. 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. ABM is in line with the industry average with a P/E ratio of 16.2. A high or low P/E ratio is not good or bad in and of itself, but a company trading with a high P/E ratio must continue to post strong financial performance or its stock price is likely to fall. SEE: Investment Valuation Ratios: Price/Earnings Ratio

After a decline of 4%, Enbridge Energy Partners (NYSE:EEP) has hit a share price of $28.53. The company is currently trading a volume of 9.4 million shares. Volume is used to evaluate how meaningful the price movement of a stock is. Investors can use valuation ratios as tools to estimate what kind of deal a particular investment is. The capitalization ratio measures the debt component of the capital structure, or capitalization of a company (i.e., the sum of long-term debt liabilities and shareholder equity) to support operations and growth. EEP has a capitalization ratio of 56.7%, which is on the high end. A high capitalization ratio is not necessarily bad since higher financial leverage can increase the return on a shareholder's investment. A low level of debt and a healthy proportion of equity in a company's capital structure is an indication of financial fitness.

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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