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Tickers in this Article: BZH, CYD, DHI, MDC, LEN, WSO, NPK
So far today, the Nasdaq is trading down 0.1%, the S&P 500 remains relatively unchanged and the Dow has fallen 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.

While the market overall has shown little change, the Capital Goods sector (XLI) is up 0.3% and its current biggest movers are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Beazer Homes USA (NYSE:BZH).05 billion-14.7%
China Yuchai (NYSE:CYD)9.8 million+6%
D.R. Horton, Inc (NYSE:DHI).59 billion-3.6%
M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE:MDC).75 billion-3.1%
Lennar (NYSE:LEN).27 billion-3%
Watsco (NYSE:WSO).4 billion+1.8%
National Presto Industries (NYSE:NPK)5.5 million-1.5%
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Beazer Homes USA (NYSE:BZH) is currently trading at $14.19 per share, after a steep drop of 14.7%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 3.4 million shares. This is 1.9 times its current three-month average.

China Yuchai (NYSE:CYD) is at $14.49 per share after an increase of 6%. At 43,858 shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.5 times the current daily average.

D.R. Horton, Inc (NYSE:DHI) is down 3.6% to reach $19.87 per share. So far today, 5.8 million shares have changed hands.

M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE:MDC) has fallen 3.1% and is currently trading at $34.94 per share. So far today, 232,151 shares have changed hands, lighter than yesterday's volume of 937,544 shares.

Currently trading at $36.97 per share, Lennar (NYSE:LEN) has fallen 3%. So far today, 2.2 million shares have changed hands. This is consistent with the average over the past three months.

Watsco (NYSE:WSO) has risen 1.8% to hit a current price of $71.10 per share. The company's volume is currently 84,995 shares for the day, 0.3 times the average daily volume.

After a decline of 1.5%, National Presto Industries (NYSE:NPK) has hit a share price of $72.02. The company's volume for the day so far is 3,495 shares.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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