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Tickers in this Article: TTC, CNH, SLCA, GTLS, DRC, AWI, MSM
It's been a bad day for the market after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq has fallen 0.4%; the S&P 500 is trading down 0.7%; and the Dow has declined 0.8%. 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) is currently ahead of the overall market, down only 0.4%, and its biggest movers are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Toro (NYSE:TTC)$2.55 billion+2.9%
CNH Global NV (NYSE:CNH)$11.79 billion-2.3%
US Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA)$809.1 million+2.2%
Chart Industries (Nasdaq:GTLS)$1.83 billion-2.2%
Dresser-Rand Group (NYSE:DRC)$3.89 billion-2.1%
Armstrong World Industries (NYSE:AWI)$2.98 billion-2.1%
MSC Industrial Direct Co (NYSE:MSM)$4.47 billion-1.7%
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Toro (NYSE:TTC) has risen 2.9% and is currently trading at $44.63 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 195,478 shares.

CNH Global NV (NYSE:CNH) is trading at $47.73 per share, down 2.3%. So far today, the company's volume is 600,375 shares, 0.7 times its current daily average.

US Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA) is up 2.2% to reach a current price of $15.64 per share. The company's volume is currently 394,998 shares. This is greater than yesterday's volume of 273,672 shares.

Currently trading at $59.67 per share, Chart Industries (Nasdaq:GTLS) has fallen 2.2%. The company's volume for the day so far is 394,206 shares, one times the average volume over the last three months.

Dresser-Rand Group (NYSE:DRC) is down 2.1% to reach $50.36 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 153,936 shares.

Armstrong World Industries (NYSE:AWI) has fallen 2.1% and is currently trading at $49.66 per share. The company's volume is currently 85,094 shares for the day, 0.2 times the average daily volume.

MSC Industrial Direct Co (NYSE:MSM) has decreased to $69.99 per share, a 1.7% fall. The company's volume for the day so far is 46,075 shares.

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. Tools like valuation ratios and profit margins, however, are only as useful as the context you put them in; remember to take historical data and competitor performance into account.

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