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Tickers in this Article: NTES, CSTR, PLCE, CHL, SHLD, PETM, GNC
The Nasdaq is trading up 0.8%, the S&P 500 has risen 0.3% and the Dow has increased 0.3%, marking a bad morning for the market.

The Services sector (IYC) is up 0.1%, underperforming the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change Inc (ADR) (Nasdaq:NTES)$7.62 billion-12%
Coinstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:CSTR)$1.51 billion+9.4%
Children\'s Place Retail Stores, Inc. (Nasdaq:PLCE)$1.25 billion+7.6%
China Mobile Ltd. (ADR) (NYSE:CHL)$236.36 billion-6%
Sears Holdings (Nasdaq:SHLD)$6.02 billion+5.6%
PetSmart, Inc. (Nasdaq:PETM)$7.31 billion+4.2%
GNC Holdings Inc (NYSE:GNC)$3.91 billion-4%
Broker Summary: E-Trade Financial

Taking a 12% hit, Inc (Nasdaq:NTES) is currently trading at $51.22 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of three million shares. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is. Investors can use valuation ratios as tools to estimate what kind of deal a particular investment is. The debt ratio measures the leverage of a company, and a company's leverage is a good way to assess risk. NTES has a low debt ratio of 14.9%. This indicates that the company engages in conservative financing with opportunities to borrow in the future at no significant risk. However, one thing to note with this ratio: it isn't a pure measure of a company's debt (or indebtedness), as it also includes operational liabilities, such as accounts payable and taxes payable.

Coinstar (Nasdaq:CSTR) has increased to a share price of $52.73, a 9.4% rise. The company's volume for the day so far is 3.4 million shares, 2.7 times its average over the past three months. Volume is also used as a secondary indicator to help confirm what the price movement is suggesting. Looking at a company's valuation ratios is a good way of getting a basic idea as to its value as an investment. When used consistently and uniformly, the price/earnings to growth (PEG) ratio is an essential tool that adds dimension to the price/earnings ratio, allows comparisons across diverse industries and is always on the lookout for value. PEG ratio for CSTR is consistent with the industry average at 0.53. While P/E ratios are important indicators of market value, a high P/E in and of itself is not bad because it may indicate a company whose earnings are growing very rapidly, so many investors look at the PEG ratio in order to get an idea of whether or not a particular P/E ratio is justified by underlying earnings growth.

Children's Place Retail Stores (Nasdaq:PLCE) has moved up 7.6% and is currently trading at $55.51 per share. The company's volume is currently 994,569 shares. This is greater than yesterday's volume of 571,586 shares. When a stock price moves up or down, watching the volume is a good way of identifying how significant that shift is. While investment valuation ratios are useful tools in estimating the attractiveness of an investment, remember that it is important to look at a company's historical performance and compare the company ratios with its competitors and industry overall. The price/book value ratio is calculated by dividing the current stock price by the company's book value per share. PLCE's P/B ratio of 2.18 shows that its share price is higher than its book value. This implies that investors expect management to create more value from a given set of assets and/or that the market value of the firm's assets is significantly higher than their accounting value. To put things in perspective, should be made among companies in the same industry rather than across industries. SEE: How Buybacks Warps The Price-To-Book Ratio

Currently trading at $55.33 per share, China Mobile Ltd (NYSE:CHL) has fallen 6%. So far today, the company's volume is 983,193 shares, 1.4 times its current daily average. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it. A company's value as an investment is more easily estimated using valuation ratios such as the price to earnings (P/E) ratio, the price to earnings growth (PEG) ratio, the price to sales (P/S) ratio, the price to book (P/B) ratio, and the dividend yield. Dividend yield is a way to measure how much cash flow you are getting for each dollar invested in an equity position - in other words, how much "bang for your buck" you are getting from dividends. CHL's dividend yield is 3.4%. High dividend yields are generally more important to value investors, investors in larger companies, and income oriented investors than they are to growth investors, investors in small cap stocks, and investors in new or emerging companies. SEE: Investment Valuation Ratios: Dividend Yield

Sears (Nasdaq:SHLD) is currently trading at $59.76 per share, a 5.6% increase. So far today, the company's volume is 938,577 shares. If a stock price makes a big move up or down, volume lets us know the significance of that move. Investment valuation ratios provide investors with an estimation, albeit a simplistic one, of the value of a stock. While measuring a price/earnings ratio (P/E ratio) is a popular valuation technique, the measure cannot be calculated for companies without earnings, so some investors analyze the price/sales ratio. SHLD's P/S ratio of 0.14 is fairly low. Coupled with high relative strength in the previous twelve months, a low P/S ratio is one of the most potent combinations of investment criteria. A limitation of the P/S ratio is that the price component measures only stock market captialization, while sales are a function of the entire capital structure, potentially leading to wide differences between levered and unlevered companies.

PetSmart (Nasdaq:PETM) has risen 4.2% to hit a current price of $70.28 per share. With 2.1 million shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 3.1 times its current three-month 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. When estimating the value of a particular investment, valuation ratios provide a good basis for assessing the value of an individual stock. There are generally two price/earnings ratios calculated: the first, called the trailing Price/Earnings ratio, is calculated using the previous years actual earnings; the second, called forward Price/Earnings ratio, is calculated using the next year's estimated earnings. PETM's P/E ratio is 24.4. To determine the P/E ratio, an investor divides the market price of the stock by the earnings-per-share (EPS) of the stock. SEE: Understanding The P/E Ratio

At $35.72, GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC) has slipped 4%. The company's volume for the day so far is 2.3 million shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 4.2 million shares. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest. It is important for an investor to estimate the value of any potential or existing investment; valuation ratios make this easier. The debt-equity (D/E) ratio is a leverage ratio. GNC has a D/E ratio of 84%. The D/E ratio percentage provides a much more dramatic perspective on a company's leverage position than the debt ratio percentage.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. 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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