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Tickers in this Article: MCP, ACTV, HNT, DLB, LNKD, CEC, EOG
The market is currently up, with the Nasdaq rising 2.2%, the S&P 500 climbing 2%, and the Dow up 1.8%. 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
Molycorp Inc. (NYSE:MCP)$1.55 billion-26.9%
Active Network Inc (NYSE:ACTV)$816.1 million-17.6%
Health Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT)$1.89 billion-17%
Dolby Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE:DLB)$3.83 billion-13.2%
Linkedin Corporation (NYSE:LNKD)$9.66 billion+12%
CEC Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:CEC)$611.9 million-10.5%
EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG)$25.91 billion+10.5%
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Taking a 26.9% hit, Molycorp (NYSE:MCP) is currently trading at $11.75 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 10.9 million shares. This is 3.1 times its average daily volume. When a stock price moves up or down, watching the volume is a good way of identifying how significant that shift is. 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. Perhaps one of the most widely-used stock analysis tools is the price-to-earnings ratio, or P/E. MCP's P/E ratio of 13.7 is above the industry average of 8.45. Generally speaking, the higher the P/E ratio, the higher the market expectations for a company's future performance. 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: How To Find P/E And PEG Ratios

Active Network (NYSE:ACTV) is currently trading at $11.50 per share, after a steep drop of 17.6%. With 571,024 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 3.8 times the average volume over the last three months. 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. 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 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 ACTV is 2.01, 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. Users need to be careful when applying this ratio though, as it is more useful for industrial companies that have a lot of tangible assets than it is for technology or consumer product companies that may not have much in the way of hard assets. SEE: How Buybacks Warps The Price-To-Book Ratio

Shares of Health Net (NYSE:HNT) are currently trading at $18.84, a steep decline of 17%. So far today, seven million shares have changed hands. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it. In making a decision about a potential or existing investment, valuation ratios are useful as a basis for seeing whether the stock price is too high, reasonable, or a bargain. 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. HNT has a low debt-equity ratio of 36%. A low D/E ratio may be a sign that the company is not taking advantage of leverage to increase its profits. 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.

After a precipitous drop of 13.2%, Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) is now trading at a share price of $31.07. So far today, the company's volume is 1.8 million shares, which is more trading activity than there was yesterday. 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. Looking at a company's valuation ratios is a good way of getting a basic idea as to its value as an investment. In a nutshell, the price/sales ratio shows how much Wall Street values every dollar of the company's sales. The P/S ratio for DLB is 4.28, which is relatively high. This could be a good sign if the share price increases. It is important to keep in mind when looking at the P/S ratio that just because a company is generating revenues, this does not mean that the company is profitable, and in the long run, profits drive stock prices.

Linkedin (NYSE:LNKD) is trading at $104.70 per share, a significant rise of 12%. So far this morning, 5.2 million shares have changed hands. This is 1.9 times the average daily volume. 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 debt ratio shows the proportion of assets that a company is financing through debt. The debt ratio for LNKD is a low 31%. This indicates that the company engages in conservative financing with opportunities to borrow in the future at no significant risk. As with all financial ratios, a company's debt ratio should be compared with the industry average or similar companies.

CEC Entertainment (NYSE:CEC) is at a share price of $29.94 after a sharp decline of 10.5%. At 247,558 shares, the company's volume so far today is 2.3 times the current three-month average. 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 include 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. Dividend yield measures the income that a stock will generate for an investor. CEC's dividend yield is 2.6%. To calculate the dividend yield, divide the level of dividends by the stock price; the higher the yield, the more attractive the security. SEE: Due Diligence On Dividends

EOG (NYSE:EOG) rose a significant 10.5% to reach $106.18 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 2.8 million shares. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest. 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. 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. EOG's capitalization ratio is 27.8%, which is relatively low. A low capitalization ratio can signify a failure to leverage equity into investment, missing valuable opportunities for growth and expansion. 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.

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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