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Tickers in this Article: KIOR, CLF, MOS, EMN, DEL, VAL, RS
After the morning's trading, the Nasdaq has climbed 0.6%, the S&P 500 is trading up 0.2% and the Dow has been relatively flat. The basic materials sector is the category of stocks that accounts for companies involved with the discovery, development and processing of raw materials. This sector includes the mining and refining of metals, chemical producers and forestry products. The basic materials sector is sensitive to changes in the business cycle. Because the sector supplies materials for construction, it depends on a strong economy. This sector is also sensitive to supply and demand fluctuations because the price of raw materials, such as gold or other metals, is largely demand driven.

The Basic Materials sector (XLB) has increased 0.8% so far today and here are its biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
KiOR (Nasdaq:KIOR)$691.8 million-5%
Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF)$5.07 billion+5%
Mosaic (NYSE:MOS)$23.5 billion+2%
Eastman Chemical (NYSE:EMN)$10.13 billion+1.9%
Deltic (NYSE:DEL)$880.1 million+1.8%
Valspar (NYSE:VAL)$5.5 billion+1.8%
Reliance Steel (NYSE:RS)$4.56 billion+1.7%
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Falling 5%, KiOR (Nasdaq:KIOR) is currently at a share price of $6.25. So far today, the company's volume is 148,488 shares, consistent with its average over the last three months.

Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF) has risen 5% and is currently trading at $37.35 per share. The company's volume is currently 3.6 million shares.

Mosaic (NYSE:MOS) is up 2% to reach a current price of $56.30 per share. At 1.1 million shares, the company's volume so far today is consistent with its current daily average.

After an increase of 1.9%, Eastman Chemical (NYSE:EMN) has reached a current price of $67.30. So far today, the company's volume is 365,168 shares.

Deltic (NYSE:DEL) has moved up 1.8% and is currently trading at $70.60 per share. With 15,138 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.3 times the average volume over the last three months.

Rising 1.8%, Valspar (NYSE:VAL) is currently trading at $62.25 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 128,905 shares. This is about the same trading activity as there was yesterday.

After rising 1.7%, Reliance Steel (NYSE:RS) is currently trading at a share price of $61.43. The company's volume is currently 102,158 shares for the day, 0.2 times its current daily average.

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. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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