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Tickers in this Article: DF, CCH, HAIN, MNST, BNNY, MO, KOF
The Nasdaq has increased 0.3%, the S&P 500 is trading up 0.6% and the Dow is up 0.3%, marking a bad morning for the market.

The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) is up 0.1%, underperforming the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Dean Foods (NYSE:DF)$2.77 billion-3.1%
Coca-Cola HBC S.A (NYSE:CCH)$7.72 billion-2.7%
Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq:HAIN)$2.84 billion-2.2%
Monster (Nasdaq:MNST)$9.46 billion+1.7%
Annies (NYSE:BNNY)$768.6 million+1.6%
Altria (NYSE:MO)$67.77 billion-1.4%
Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V (NYSE:KOF)$24.8 billion+1.3%
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Falling 3.1%, Dean Foods (NYSE:DF) is currently at a share price of $14.51. At 2.5 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.7 times its average over the past three months. When a stock price moves up or down, watching the volume is a good way of identifying how significant that shift is.

Coca-Cola HBC S.A (NYSE:CCH) is down 2.7% to reach $20.49 per share. So far today, 102,131 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. Yesterday, volume was only 16,562 shares. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is.

Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq:HAIN) has fallen 2.2% and is currently trading at $61.47 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 448,505 shares, 0.6 times its current daily average. In technical analysis, trading volume is used to determine the strength of a market indicator.

After rising 1.7%, Monster (Nasdaq:MNST) is currently trading at a share price of $54.52. The company's volume for the day so far is 856,203 shares. High volume indicates a lot of investor interest while low volume indicates the opposite.

After an increase of 1.6%, Annies (NYSE:BNNY) has reached a current price of $45.78. The company's volume is currently 27,303 shares for the day, 0.2 times the average volume over the last three months. If a stock price moves on high volume, this means that the change is a significant one.

Currently trading at $32.88 per share, Altria (NYSE:MO) has fallen 1.4%. The company is trading at a volume of 20.2 million shares. This is greater than yesterday's volume of 9.4 million shares. Volume is an important indicator in technical analysis as it is used to measure the worth of a market move. If the markets have made a strong price move either up or down the perceived strength of that move depends on the volume for that period. The higher the volume during that price move the more significant the move.

Increasing 1.3%, Coca-Cola FEMSA, S.A.B. de C.V (NYSE:KOF) is trading at $131.56 per share. At 19,423 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.3 times the average daily volume. If a stock price makes a big move up or down, volume lets us know the significance of that move.

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. 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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