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Tickers in this Article: TNC, SODA, TKR, ACM, CBI, PNR, SPW
The Nasdaq is trading up 0.6%, the S&P 500 has increased 0.2% and the Dow remains relatively unchanged after the morning's trading. 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 biggest movers in the Capital Goods sector (XLI) (+0.3%) are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Tennant (NYSE:TNC)$787.5 million+2.5%
Sodastream (Nasdaq:SODA)$889.8 million+2.5%
Timken (NYSE:TKR)$4.44 billion+2.4%
AECOM (NYSE:ACM)$2.59 billion-1.8%
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (NYSE:CBI)$4.33 billion+1.8%
Pentair (NYSE:PNR)$9.96 billion+1.8%
SPX (NYSE:SPW)$3.47 billion+1.5%
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Tennant (NYSE:TNC) has risen 2.5% and is currently trading at $43.43 per share. At 11,017 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 times its current daily average.

Sodastream (Nasdaq:SODA) has risen 2.5% to hit a current price of $44.68 per share. The company's volume is currently 480,248 shares.

Increasing 2.4%, Timken (NYSE:TKR) is trading at $47.40 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 203,756 shares, 0.2 times the average volume over the last three months.

AECOM (NYSE:ACM) is down 1.8% to reach $23.50 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 329,526 shares.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (NYSE:CBI) is at $45.51 per share after an increase of 1.8%. So far today, the company's volume is 479,044 shares, 0.2 times the average daily volume.

Pentair (NYSE:PNR) is up 1.8% to reach a current price of $48.36 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 512,785 shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

After rising 1.5%, SPX (NYSE:SPW) is currently trading at a share price of $69.37. With 456,776 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.2 times the current three-month average.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. 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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