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Tickers in this Article: AGCO, EXP, TOL, CMI, DE, MTH, JOY
So far today, the Nasdaq has moved little, the S&P 500 is down 0.2% and the Dow has decreased 0.5%. 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 fallen 0.4% despite little change in the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
AGCO (NYSE:AGCO)$4.58 billion-3.2%
Eagle Materials (NYSE:EXP)$2.16 billion+3.1%
Toll Brothers, Inc (NYSE:TOL)$5.63 billion+2.4%
Cummins (NYSE:CMI)$17.3 billion-2.3%
Deere (NYSE:DE)$32.01 billion-2.3%
Meritage (NYSE:MTH)$1.41 billion+2.3%
Joy Global (NYSE:JOY)$6.11 billion-2.3%
Forex Broker Summary: Forex Capital Markets (FXCM)

AGCO (NYSE:AGCO) has fallen 3.2% and is currently trading at $45.62 per share. The company's volume for the morning is 543,251 shares. This is in keeping with its current daily average. Volume indicates the level of interest that investors have in a company at its current price.

Eagle Materials (NYSE:EXP) has risen 3.1% and is currently trading at $48.92 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 103,264 shares, lighter than yesterday's volume of 565,833 shares. High volume indicates a lot of investor interest while low volume indicates the opposite.

Rising 2.4%, Toll Brothers, Inc (NYSE:TOL) is currently trading at $34.29 per share. So far today, 1.1 million shares have changed hands. Volume is used to evaluate how meaningful the price movement of a stock is.

Cummins (NYSE:CMI) is down 2.3% to reach $88.75 per share. With 4.7 million shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 2.3 times its current three-month average. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it.

Falling 2.3%, Deere (NYSE:DE) is currently at a share price of $79.85. So far today, the company's volume is 1.8 million shares. This is in keeping with its current daily average. As a stock moves up or down, it is important to pay attention to the trading volume. This indicates the level of interest: the higher the volume, the more the interest.

Meritage (NYSE:MTH) has moved up 2.3% and is currently trading at $40.71 per share. This morning, 91,427 shares have been traded, which is likely to result in less activity than yesterday's volume of 406,986 shares. If a stock price makes a big move up or down, volume lets us know the significance of that move.

Joy Global (NYSE:JOY) is currently trading at a share price of $56.41, a 2.3% decline. The company's volume for the day so far is 1.1 million 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.

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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