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Tickers in this Article: KBH, SLCA, AIR, MTZ, THO, JHX, CAT
So far today, the Nasdaq has fallen 0.4%, the S&P 500 remains relatively unchanged and the Dow is down 0.1%. The capital goods sector is the category of stocks related to the manufacture or distribution of goods. The sector is diverse, containing companies that manufacture machinery used to create capital goods, electrical equipment, aerospace and defense, engineering and construction projects. It is also referred to as the "industrials sector". Performance in the capital goods sector is sensitive to fluctuations in the business cycle. Because it relies heavily on manufacturing, the sector does well when the economy is booming or expanding. As economic conditions worsen, the demand for capital goods drops off, usually lowering the prices of stocks in the sector.

The Capital Goods sector (XLI) has risen 0.1% despite little change in the market overall. Currently, the biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
KB Home (NYSE:KBH)$1.28 billion-5.7%
US Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA)$898.4 million-4.3%
AAR (NYSE:AIR)$757.7 million-3.1%
MasTec (NYSE:MTZ)$1.8 billion+3%
Thor Industries (NYSE:THO)$1.96 billion+2.7%
James Hardie Industries SE (NYSE:JHX)$4.21 billion+2.6%
Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT)$59.37 billion-2.1%
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KB Home (NYSE:KBH) is down 5.7% to reach $15.71 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 5.5 million shares, 1.2 times its current three-month average.

At $16.27, US Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA) has slipped 4.3%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 169,276 shares.

Falling 3.1%, AAR (NYSE:AIR) is currently at a share price of $18.38. The company's volume is currently 203,184 shares for the day, 0.7 times its current daily average.

MasTec (NYSE:MTZ) is up 3% to reach a current price of $24.38 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 508,747 shares.

After an increase of 2.7%, Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) has reached a current price of $37.98. With 411,061 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.8 times its average over the past three months.

After rising 2.6%, James Hardie Industries SE (NYSE:JHX) is currently trading at a share price of $49.37. The company is currently trading a volume of 3,100 shares.

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) is trading at $88.88 per share, down 2.1%. So far today, the company's volume is three million shares, consistent with its current daily 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. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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