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Tickers in this Article: CYT, KRO, OI, GG, LYB, BBL, RNF
This morning, the market has been relatively quiet. The Nasdaq is unchanged; the S&P 500 has moved little; 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.

While the market overall has shown little change, the Basic Materials sector (XLB) is up 0.2% and its current biggest movers are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Cytec Industries (NYSE:CYT)$3.23 billion+3.5%
Kronos Worldwide (NYSE:KRO)$2.33 billion-3.3%
Owens-Illinois (NYSE:OI)$3.59 billion+3.3%
Goldcorp Inc (NYSE:GG)$30.45 billion-2.1%
LyondellBasell (NYSE:LYB)$34.03 billion-1.8%
BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL)$192.71 billion-1.7%
Rentech Nitrogen (NYSE:RNF)$1.51 billion+1.7%
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After an increase of 3.5%, Cytec Industries (NYSE:CYT) has reached a current price of $73.40. So far today, the company's volume is 261,735 shares, consistent with its current daily average.

Kronos Worldwide (NYSE:KRO) is currently trading at a share price of $19.39, a 3.3% decline. The company's volume is currently 496,610 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 1.2 million shares.

Owens-Illinois (NYSE:OI) is up 3.3% to reach a current price of $22.55 per share. The company's volume is currently 777,955 shares for the day, 0.6 times the current three-month average.

Currently trading at $36.75 per share, Goldcorp Inc (NYSE:GG) has fallen 2.1%. So far today, the company's volume is 1.4 million shares.

After a decline of 1.8%, LyondellBasell (NYSE:LYB) has hit a share price of $58.11. The company's volume is currently 1.2 million shares for the day, 0.3 times its current daily average.

BHP Billiton plc (NYSE:BBL) has decreased to $70.84 per share, a 1.7% fall. The company is trading at a volume of 264,432 shares.

After rising 1.7%, Rentech Nitrogen (NYSE:RNF) is currently trading at a share price of $39.60. At 113,680 shares, the company's volume so far today is consistent with its current three-month average.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. 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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