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Tickers in this Article: POST, BNNY, CPB, HAIN, SAM, LANC, SJM
The market is having a bad day so far: the Nasdaq is down 0.3%; the S&P 500 has decreased 0.4%; and the Dow has fallen 0.5%.

The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) is down 0.2%, outperforming the market overall. Currently, the biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Post Holdings Inc (NYSE:POST).07 billion-3.4%
Annies Inc (NYSE:BNNY)4.4 million-2.7%
Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB).53 billion+2.7%
The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:HAIN).4 billion-2.7%
Boston Beer Co Inc (NYSE:SAM).44 billion-2.1%
Lancaster Colony Corp. (Nasdaq:LANC).9 billion-1.7%
JM Smucker (NYSE:SJM).47 billion+1.5%
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Post Holdings (NYSE:POST) is currently trading at a share price of $29.96, a 3.4% decline. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 22,852 shares. When a stock price moves up or down, watching the volume is a good way of identifying how significant that shift is. Investment valuation ratios provide investors with an estimation, albeit a simplistic one, of the value of a stock. When used consistently and uniformly, the price/earnings to growth (PEG) ratio is an essential tool that adds dimension to the price/earnings ratio, allows comparisons across diverse industries and is always on the lookout for value. PEG ratio for POST is 5.89. Because of the adjustment for earnings growth rate, the PEG ratio is somewhat more useful than many formulas for comparing companies in different industries.

After a decline of 2.7%, Annies (NYSE:BNNY) has hit a share price of $41.30. At 24,953 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.1 times the average daily volume. 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. 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/book value ratio is one of the more common methods of determining whether a stock is fairly valued. The P/B ratio for BNNY is 10.27, indicating that the stock is trading for more than its book value. This may be a sign that the company is overvalued. To put things in perspective, should be made among companies in the same industry rather than across industries. SEE: Investment Valuation Ratios: Price/Book Value Ratio

Campbell (NYSE:CPB) has increased to a share price of $34.20, a 2.7% rise. The company's volume is currently two million shares. This is greater than yesterday's volume of 873,446 shares. 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. Investment valuation ratios can be very useful in estimating whether a stock price is too high, reasonable or a bargain investment opportunity. Dividend yield is a way to measure how much cash flow you are getting for each dollar invested in an equity position - in other words, how much "bang for your buck" you are getting from dividends. Dividend yield for CPB is 3.5%. A stock's dividend yield depends on the nature of a company's business, its posture in the marketplace (value or growth oriented), its earnings and cash flow, and its dividend policy. SEE: Investment Valuation Ratios: Dividend Yield

Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq:HAIN) is trading at $52.33 per share, down 2.7%. With 377,782 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is one times its average over the past three months. If a stock price makes a big move up or down, volume lets us know the significance of that move. 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. The price/sales ratio measures a company's stock market price by its revenues. The P/S ratio for HAIN is 1.44, which is relatively high. In young companies, a high P/S ratio is a sign of sales growth that is expected to turn into earnings and cash flow. A limitation of the P/S ratio is that the price component measures only stock market captialization, while sales are a function of the entire capital structure, potentially leading to wide differences between levered and unlevered companies.

At $108.81, Boston Beer Co (NYSE:SAM) has slipped 2.1%. So far today, the company's volume is 25,257 shares. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is. While investment valuation ratios are useful tools in estimating the attractiveness of an investment, remember that it is important to look at a company's historical performance and compare the company ratios with its competitors and industry overall. A company's price/earnings ratio (P/E ratio) provides a measure of how expensive or cheap a stock is. SAM has a P/E ratio of 26.8, high compared to the industry average of 15.3. This could mean that the market is expecting big things over the next few months or years. A high P/E ratio indicates a stock that is expensive, while a low P/E ratio indicates a stock that is cheap. SEE: The P/E Ratio: A Good Market-Timing Indicator

Lancaster (Nasdaq:LANC) is down 1.7% to reach $68.61 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 5,720 shares, 0.1 times its current daily average. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it. Investors can make use of valuation ratios to estimate whether a stock is fairly valued. The debt ratio gives users a quick measure of the amount of debt that the company has on its balance sheets compared to its assets. LANC has a low debt ratio of 17%. A low debt ratio means the company has more available cash flow. As with all financial ratios, a company's debt ratio should be compared with the industry average or similar companies.

Rising 1.5%, JM (NYSE:SJM) is currently trading at $77.87 per share. So far today, 263,479 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest. A wide array of ratios can be used by investors to estimate the attractiveness of a potential or existing investment and get an idea of its valuation. The capitalization ratio measures the debt component of the capital structure, or capitalization of a company (i.e., the sum of long-term debt liabilities and shareholder equity) to support operations and growth. SJM has a fairly low capitalization ratio of 28.1%. Investors generally consider a company with low debt and high equity levels is a good quality investment. 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 On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. 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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