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Tickers in this Article: THO, ZBRA, MLM, TXI, VMC, CUB, UTX
So far today, the Nasdaq has been relatively flat, the S&P 500 is up 0.4% and the Dow has climbed 0.6%. 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) (+0.8%) are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Thor Industries (NYSE:THO)$2.12 billion+12.1%
Zebra (Nasdaq:ZBRA)$1.89 billion+5.5%
Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM)$3.9 billion+5%
Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI)$1.25 billion+4.3%
Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC)$6.03 billion+3.1%
Cubic (NYSE:CUB)$1.29 billion+2.6%
United Technologies (NYSE:UTX)$71.4 billion+2.3%
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Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) rose a significant 12.1% to reach $45 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 926,829 shares.

Zebra (Nasdaq:ZBRA) has increased to a share price of $38.51, a 5.5% rise. This morning, 207,016 shares have been traded, more than yesterday's 159,702 shares.

Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) has moved up 5% and is currently trading at $89.22 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 345,657 shares. This is 1.2 times its average volume over the past three months.

After an increase of 4.3%, Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI) has reached a current price of $46.33. The company's volume is currently 188,231 shares for the day, in line with the current daily average.

After rising 3.1%, Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) is currently trading at a share price of $48.03. So far today, the company's volume is 369,824 shares.

Cubic (NYSE:CUB) has risen 2.6% and is currently trading at $49.40 per share. So far today, 13,284 shares have changed hands, lighter than yesterday's volume of 47,553 shares.

Increasing 2.3%, United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) is trading at $79.69 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 1.7 million shares. This is 0.4 times the average volume over the last three months.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. 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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