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Tickers in this Article: OMG, CCC, CDE, IFF, CIR, AGU, CBT
So far today, the Nasdaq is trading up 0.5%, the S&P 500 remains relatively unchanged and the Dow has been relatively flat. The basic materials sector is the category of stocks that accounts for companies involved with the discovery, development and processing of raw materials. This sector includes the mining and refining of metals, chemical producers and forestry products. The basic materials sector is sensitive to changes in the business cycle. Because the sector supplies materials for construction, it depends on a strong economy. This sector is also sensitive to supply and demand fluctuations because the price of raw materials, such as gold or other metals, is largely demand driven.

The Basic Materials sector (XLB) has risen 0.5% overall, and these are the biggest movers in the sector so far:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
OM Group (NYSE:OMG)$632.5 million+6.3%
Calgon (NYSE:CCC)$738.2 million-5.6%
Coeur d\'Alene (NYSE:CDE)$2.63 billion+4.2%
International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF)$5.03 billion+4.2%
CIRCOR International (NYSE:CIR)$627.5 million-3.9%
Agrium Inc (NYSE:AGU)$16.5 billion+3.4%
Cabot (NYSE:CBT)$2.19 billion-2.5%
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Rising 6.3%, OM Group (NYSE:OMG) is currently trading at $20.77 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 428,720 shares.

Falling 5.6%, Calgon (NYSE:CCC) is currently at a share price of $12.24. With 652,580 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 2.1 times its average over the past three months.

After an increase of 4.2%, Coeur d'Alene (NYSE:CDE) has reached a current price of $30.47. So far today, the company's volume is 1.5 million shares.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF) has risen 4.2% and is currently trading at $64.29 per share. The company's volume is currently 760,554 shares for the day, 3.2 times the average daily volume.

CIRCOR International (NYSE:CIR) is trading at $34.63 per share, down 3.9%. The company's volume for the day so far is 137,504 shares.

Agrium Inc (NYSE:AGU) is up 3.4% to reach a current price of $107.94 per share. The company's volume is currently 2.1 million shares for the day, 2.4 times the average volume over the last three months.

Cabot (NYSE:CBT) is currently trading at a share price of $33.72, a 2.5% decline. So far today, 938,273 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is greater than yesterday's volume of 746,225 shares.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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