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Tickers in this Article: FLR, SLCA, MTZ, MDC, DRC, CNH, JOY
Currently, the Nasdaq has moved little, the S&P 500 has decreased 0.2% and the Dow has declined 0.3%. 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 Capital Goods sector (XLI) has fallen 0.2% despite little change in the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Fluor (NYSE:FLR)$9.63 billion-7.4%
US Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA)$681.1 million+7.3%
MasTec (NYSE:MTZ)$1.71 billion+5.9%
M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE:MDC)$1.95 billion-4.5%
Dresser-Rand Group (NYSE:DRC)$4 billion-3.9%
CNH Global NV (NYSE:CNH)$11.11 billion-2.6%
Joy Global (NYSE:JOY)$6.99 billion-2.5%
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After a decline of 7.4%, Fluor (NYSE:FLR) has hit a share price of $53.41. So far today, three million shares have changed hands.

US Silica Holdings (NYSE:SLCA) is up 7.3% to reach a current price of $13.81 per share. The company's volume is currently 503,267 shares for the day, 1.8 times the current daily average.

MasTec (NYSE:MTZ) has increased to a share price of $23.92, a 5.9% rise. The company's volume for the day so far is 1.4 million shares.

Slipping 4.5%, M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE:MDC) is currently trading at $38.72 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 559,154 shares, consistent with its average over the last three months.

Dresser-Rand Group (NYSE:DRC) has decreased to $50.73 per share, a 3.9% fall. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 1.3 million shares.

CNH Global NV (NYSE:CNH) is trading at $44.87 per share, down 2.6%. The company's volume is currently 76,886 shares for the day, 0.3 times the average daily volume.

Joy Global (NYSE:JOY) is down 2.5% to reach $64.36 per share. The company's volume is currently 992,225 shares. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of 3.1 million shares.

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. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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