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Tickers in this Article: CCH, GMCR, HLF, MKC, NUS, HAIN, BUD
After the morning's trading, the Nasdaq is up 0.4%, the S&P 500 has moved up 0.3% and the Dow has moved little.

These are the biggest movers in the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) (+0.1%):
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Coca-Cola HBC S.A (NYSE:CCH).71 billion+4.6%
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq:GMCR).66 billion+3.4%
Herbalife (NYSE:HLF).04 billion+3%
McCormick (NYSE:MKC).34 billion-2.8%
Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE:NUS).22 billion+2.2%
Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq:HAIN).82 billion+2%
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (NYSE:BUD)0.59 billion-1.9%
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Increasing 4.6%, Coca-Cola HBC S.A (NYSE:CCH) is trading at $19.15 per share. At 6,121 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 times its average over the past three months. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is. Understanding investment valuation ratios allows an investor to assess the true value of an individual stock. The assumption with high price/earnings stocks (generally of the growth variety) is that investors are willing to buy at a high price because they believe that the stock has significant growth potential, and the price/earnings to growth (PEG) ratio helps investors determine the degree of reliability of that growth assumption. CCH's PEG ratio of 2.19 is in line with the industry average. Because of the adjustment for earnings growth rate, the PEG ratio is somewhat more useful than many formulas for comparing companies in different industries.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq:GMCR) is up 3.4% to reach a current price of $24.32 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 2.9 million shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday. As a stock moves up or down, it is important to pay attention to the trading volume. This indicates the level of interest: the higher the volume, the more the interest. When estimating the value of a particular investment, valuation ratios provide a good basis for assessing the value of an individual stock. The price/book value ratio is calculated by dividing the current stock price by the company's book value per share. The P/B ratio for GMCR is 1.71, indicating that the stock is trading for more than its book value. This implies that investors expect management to create more value from a given set of assets and/or that the market value of the firm's assets is significantly higher than their accounting value. All else being equal, a stock with a low P/B value ratio is more attractive than a stock with a high ratio. SEE: Investment Valuation Ratios: Price/Book Value Ratio

Herbalife (NYSE:HLF) has risen 3% and is currently trading at $46.41 per share. The company's volume is currently 678,941 shares for the day, in keeping with its current daily average. 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. Investment valuation ratios provide investors with an estimation, albeit a simplistic one, of the value of a stock. For investors primarily interested in the income a stock can generate, the dividend yield is an important determinant of how attractive a stock is. HLF's dividend yield is 2.7%. It is important to remember that while a higher dividend yield is more attractive, all else being equal, a higher dividend yield can also indicate greater perceived risk. SEE: Guide To Stock-Picking Strategies: Income Investing

Slipping 2.8%, McCormick (NYSE:MKC) is currently trading at $61.11 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 584,132 shares. If a stock price makes a big move up or down, volume lets us know the significance of that move. Looking at a company's valuation ratios is a good way of getting a basic idea as to its value as an investment. The price/sales ratio measures a company's stock market price by its revenues. MKC's P/S ratio of 1.91 is on the high side. In young companies, a high P/S ratio is a sign of sales growth that is expected to turn into earnings and cash flow. All things being equal, a low P/S ratio is good news for investors, while a very high one can be a warning sign.

After an increase of 2.2%, Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE:NUS) has reached a current price of $37.83. So far today, the company's volume is 441,476 shares, 0.2 times the current three-month average. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest. A company's value as an investment is more easily estimated using valuation ratios such as the price to earnings (P/E) ratio, the price to earnings growth (PEG) ratio, the price to sales (P/S) ratio, the price to book (P/B) ratio, and the dividend yield. A company's price/earnings ratio (P/E ratio) provides a measure of how expensive or cheap a stock is. The P/E ratio for NUS is 11.6, above the industry average of 9.81. A company with a high P/E ratio will eventually have to live up to the high rating by substantially increasing its earnings, or the price will need to drop. High P/E stocks could be "growth" stocks, while low PE stocks may be "value" stocks. SEE: Profit With The Power Of Price-To-Earnings

Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq:HAIN) is at $64.07 per share after an increase of 2%. The company's volume is currently 192,015 shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday. Volume indicates the level of interest that investors have in a company at its current price. In making a decision about a potential or existing investment, valuation ratios are useful as a basis for seeing whether the stock price is too high, reasonable, or a bargain. The debt-equity (D/E) ratio is a measurement of how much suppliers, lenders, creditors and obligors have committed to the company versus what the shareholders have committed. HAIN has a debt-equity ratio of 40%, which is on the low side. This shows that the company's assets are financed primarily through equity. This easy-to-calculate ratio provides a general indication of a company's equity-liability relationship and is helpful to investors looking for a quick take on a company's leverage.

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (NYSE:BUD) is trading at $85.89 per share, down 1.9%. The company's volume is currently 594,824 shares for the day, consistent with its 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. It is important for an investor to estimate the value of any potential or existing investment; valuation ratios make this easier. The capitalization ratio is calculated by dividing long-term debt by the sum of long-term debt and shareholders' equity. BUD's capitalization ratio is 46.1%. This ratio is considered to be one of the more meaningful of the "debt" ratios - it delivers the key insight into the use of leverage by a company.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. Keep in mind that all these ratios should be compared against historical numbers and industry information in order to get a more complete picture.

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