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Tickers in this Article: ILMN, MNRO, AGNC, HAS, BMC, PRAA, LUFK
On a good day for the market, the Nasdaq has climbed 0.3%, the S&P 500 is up 0.3% and the Dow has risen 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
Illumina (Nasdaq:ILMN)$6.29 billion-5.7%
Monro Muffler Brake (Nasdaq:MNRO)$1.12 billion-5.1%
American Capital (Nasdaq:AGNC)$11.13 billion-3.7%
Hasbro (Nasdaq:HAS)$5.12 billion-3.2%
BMC Software (Nasdaq:BMC)$6.79 billion-2.7%
Portfolio Recovery Associates (Nasdaq:PRAA)$1.71 billion+2.5%
Lufkin Industries (Nasdaq:LUFK)$1.82 billion-2.5%
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Illumina (Nasdaq:ILMN) has decreased to $48.23 per share, a 5.7% fall. At 2.8 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.1 times the average daily volume.

Monro Muffler Brake (Nasdaq:MNRO) is down 5.1% to reach $34.24 per share. So far today, 466,200 shares have changed hands.

Falling 3.7%, American Capital (Nasdaq:AGNC) is currently at a share price of $31.39. With 27.1 million shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 3.7 times its current three-month average.

Currently trading at $38.05 per share, Hasbro (Nasdaq:HAS) has fallen 3.2%. The company's volume is currently 1.6 million shares.

At $41.42, BMC Software (Nasdaq:BMC) has slipped 2.7%. At 696,347 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.4 times the average daily volume.

After an increase of 2.5%, Portfolio Recovery Associates (Nasdaq:PRAA) has reached a current price of $104.10. The company's volume for the day so far is 45,532 shares.

Lufkin Industries (Nasdaq:LUFK) is trading at $52.84 per share, down 2.5%. The company's volume for the day so far is 74,516 shares, 0.2 times the average volume over the last three months.

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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