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Tickers in this Article: EW, SPB, PVD, NFX, VMW, WLT, CLF
The market is off to a rough start. After this morning's trading, the Nasdaq has decreased 1.7%, the S&P 500 has declined 0.8% and the Dow is down 0.7%. 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
Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW)$12.43 billion-18.9%
Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE:SPB)$2.12 billion+12.2%
A.F.P Provida SA (NYSE:PVD)$2.25 billion+6.9%
Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX)$4.15 billion+4.7%
VMware (NYSE:VMW)$41.12 billion-4.5%
Walter Energy (NYSE:WLT)$2.11 billion+3.7%
Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF)$5.78 billion+3.7%
Broker Summary: E-Trade Financial

Shares of Edwards Lifesciences (NYSE:EW) are currently trading at $87.10, a steep decline of 18.9%. So far today, the company's volume is 5.2 million shares, 8.9 times the current daily average. When a stock price moves up or down, watching the volume is a good way of identifying how significant that shift is.

Spectrum Brands Holdings (NYSE:SPB) is trading at $46.20 per share, a significant rise of 12.2%. So far today, the company's volume is 1.1 million shares. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is.

Increasing 6.9%, A.F.P Provida SA (NYSE:PVD) is trading at $108.80 per share. This morning, 75,092 shares have been traded, more than yesterday's 10,184 shares. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest.

Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX) is up 4.7% to reach a current price of $32.19 per share. So far today, 1.6 million shares have changed hands. This is 0.8 times its average volume over the past three months. Volume is used to evaluate how meaningful the price movement of a stock is.

Slipping 4.5%, VMware (NYSE:VMW) is currently trading at $92.08 per share. The company's volume is currently 1.9 million shares for the day, 1.1 times the average daily volume. 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.

After an increase of 3.7%, Walter Energy (NYSE:WLT) has reached a current price of $35.05. So far today, 2.3 million shares have changed hands. If a stock price moves on high volume, this means that the change is a significant one.

Rising 3.7%, Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF) is currently trading at $42.08 per share. The company's volume is currently 6.8 million shares for the day,. Volume is also used as a secondary indicator to help confirm what the price movement is suggesting.

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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