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Tickers in this Article: TXI, TKR, CAT, MDC, CMI, LNN, RYL
The morning has been good for the market. The Nasdaq has increased 1.1%; the S&P 500 is trading up 1%; and the Dow is up 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.

Underperforming the market overall, the Capital Goods sector (XLI) is up 0.9%, and these are its current biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI).15 billion+11%
Timken (NYSE:TKR).64 billion+4.4%
Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT).1 billion+2.5%
M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE:MDC).9 billion-2.4%
Cummins (NYSE:CMI).96 billion+2%
Lindsay (NYSE:LNN)5.5 million+1.9%
Ryland Group (NYSE:RYL).38 billion-1.8%
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Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI) is trading at $45.71 per share, a significant rise of 11%. The company's volume is currently 305,425 shares for the day, one times its average over the past three months.

Rising 4.4%, Timken (NYSE:TKR) is currently trading at $39.05 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 417,665 shares.

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) has risen 2.5% and is currently trading at $84.84 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 3.3 million shares, consistent with its current daily average.

Slipping 2.4%, M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE:MDC) is currently trading at $38.58 per share. So far today, 269,248 shares have changed hands.

Cummins (NYSE:CMI) has increased to a share price of $90.86, a 2% rise. So far today, the company's volume is 1.1 million shares, 0.3 times the average volume over the last three months.

After an increase of 1.9%, Lindsay (NYSE:LNN) has reached a current price of $74.20. The company is trading at a volume of 18,445 shares. At this rate, trading activity will likely be down from yesterday when 92,317 shares changed hands.

Currently trading at $30.35 per share, Ryland Group (NYSE:RYL) has fallen 1.8%. So far today, the company's volume is 270,939 shares, 0.2 times the average daily volume.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. 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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