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Tickers in this Article: NXPI, FCS, MTSI, ARMH, CAVM, ASMI, ALTR
So far today, the Nasdaq is unchanged, the S&P 500 is trading down 0.2% and the Dow has slipped 0.5%.

The Semiconductors sector (XLK) has fallen 0.1% despite little change in the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
NXP (Nasdaq:NXPI)$6.16 billion-5.8%
Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE:FCS)$1.6 billion-4.6%
M\x2FA-COM Technology Solutions (Nasdaq:MTSI)$542.7 million+3.3%
ARM Holdings plc (Nasdaq:ARMH)$13.13 billion-2.8%
Cavium (Nasdaq:CAVM)$1.54 billion-2.6%
ASM International (Nasdaq:ASMI)$1.87 billion-2.6%
Altera (Nasdaq:ALTR)$10.55 billion-1.8%
Broker Summary: Charles Schwab Online Brokerage

At $23.05, NXP (Nasdaq:NXPI) has slipped 5.8%. The company's volume is currently 1.8 million shares for the day, 1.3 times the current three-month average. Volume indicates the level of interest that investors have in a company at its current price.

Slipping 4.6%, Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE:FCS) is currently trading at $12.04 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 812,868 shares. 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.

After rising 3.3%, M\x2FA-COM Technology Solutions (Nasdaq:MTSI) is currently trading at a share price of $12.36. At 5,600 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.1 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.

ARM Holdings plc (Nasdaq:ARMH) has decreased to $27.81 per share, a 2.8% fall. The company's volume for the day so far is 835,945 shares. If a stock price moves on high volume, this means that the change is a significant one.

Cavium (Nasdaq:CAVM) has decreased to $30.12 per share, a 2.6% fall. So far today, the company's volume is 247,083 shares, 0.3 times its current three-month average. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is.

ASM International (Nasdaq:ASMI) is trading at $33.07 per share, down 2.6%. The company's volume for the day so far is 41,475 shares. Yesterday's volume was only 22,076 shares. 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.

Falling 1.8%, Altera (Nasdaq:ALTR) is currently at a share price of $32.38. At 1.7 million shares, the company's volume so far today is in line with the current daily average. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it.

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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