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Tickers in this Article: ATE, FSLR, PANL, MLNX, ASMI, AVGO, VECO
The market has been doing well after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq has moved up 0.3%; the S&P 500 has risen 0.6%; and the Dow has increased 0.3%.

Underperforming the market overall, the Semiconductors sector (XLK) is up 0.2%, and these are its current biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Advantest Corp (NYSE:ATE)$1.87 billion+6%
First Solar (Nasdaq:FSLR)$1.83 billion+4.6%
Universal (Nasdaq:PANL)$1.6 billion+2.5%
Mellanox (Nasdaq:MLNX)$3.98 billion+2.5%
ASM International (Nasdaq:ASMI)$1.81 billion+2.3%
Avago (Nasdaq:AVGO)$7.98 billion+2%
Veeco Instruments (Nasdaq:VECO)$1.09 billion+1.8%
Forex Broker Summary: UFXMarkets

Rising 6%, Advantest Corp (NYSE:ATE) is currently trading at $11.46 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 11,396 shares. Volume indicates the level of interest that investors have in a company at its current price.

First Solar (Nasdaq:FSLR) has moved up 4.6% and is currently trading at $22 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 3.1 million shares, consistent with its average over the last three months. 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.

Universal (Nasdaq:PANL) has risen 2.5% to hit a current price of $35.26 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 259,797 shares. This is about the same trading activity as there was yesterday. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it.

After rising 2.5%, Mellanox (Nasdaq:MLNX) is currently trading at a share price of $102.50. At 293,601 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.3 times its current daily average. Volume is also used as a secondary indicator to help confirm what the price movement is suggesting.

ASM International (Nasdaq:ASMI) has risen 2.3% and is currently trading at $33.71 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 7,700 shares. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest.

Avago (Nasdaq:AVGO) is up 2% to reach a current price of $33.23 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 716,117 shares, 0.4 times its average over the past three months. Volume is used to evaluate how meaningful the price movement of a stock is.

Increasing 1.8%, Veeco Instruments (Nasdaq:VECO) is trading at $28.38 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 172,200 shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday. If a stock price moves on high volume, this means that the change is a significant one.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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