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Tickers in this Article: PANL, LRCX, VECO, CRUS, EZCH, ALTR, MLNX
On a good day for the market, the Nasdaq is up 2.3%, the S&P 500 has climbed 1.8% and the Dow has moved up 1.9%.

The Semiconductors sector (XLK) is up 2.4%, outperforming the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Universal (Nasdaq:PANL)$1.19 billion+8.5%
Lam (Nasdaq:LRCX)$6.19 billion+5.8%
Veeco Instruments (Nasdaq:VECO)$1.15 billion+5.4%
Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq:CRUS)$1.9 billion+4.5%
EZchip (Nasdaq:EZCH)$928.5 million+4.5%
Altera (Nasdaq:ALTR)$11.02 billion+4.2%
Mellanox (Nasdaq:MLNX)$2.51 billion+4.2%
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Universal (Nasdaq:PANL) is at $27.80 per share after an increase of 8.5%. The company's volume is currently 492,505 shares for the day, 0.7 times the current daily average.

Lam (Nasdaq:LRCX) has risen 5.8% to hit a current price of $38.24 per share. So far today, 1.7 million shares have changed hands.

Rising 5.4%, Veeco Instruments (Nasdaq:VECO) is currently trading at $31.08 per share. This morning, 237,290 shares have been traded,.

Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq:CRUS) has moved up 4.5% and is currently trading at $30.28 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 1.8 million shares. This is 0.7 times its average volume over the past three months.

After an increase of 4.5%, EZchip (Nasdaq:EZCH) has reached a current price of $34.55. At 75,936 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 times the average daily volume.

Altera (Nasdaq:ALTR) has increased to a share price of $35.85, a 4.2% rise. The company is currently trading a volume of 1.7 million shares.

Mellanox (Nasdaq:MLNX) is at $61.88 per share after an increase of 4.2%. So far today, the company's volume is 442,702 shares,.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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