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Tickers in this Article: OC, CCH, BTH, AKO.B, ABV, BF.A, FMX
The market is having a good day so far: the Nasdaq has risen 0.8%; the S&P 500 is up 0.8%; and the Dow has moved up 0.9%.

The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) is up 0.6%, underperforming the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Owens (NYSE:OC)$3.85 billion+4%
Coca-Cola HBC S.A (NYSE:CCH)$6.36 billion+3.9%
Blyth (NYSE:BTH)$710.4 million+3.1%
Embotelladora Andina SA (NYSE:AKO.B)$4.29 billion-3%
Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (NYSE:ABV)$114.67 billion+2.1%
Brown-Forman (NYSE:BF.A)$3.47 billion+1.5%
Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB (NYSE:FMX)$30.04 billion+1.2%
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Increasing 4%, Owens (NYSE:OC) is trading at $33.76 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 607,782 shares. This is 0.3 times the current three-month average. High volume indicates a lot of investor interest while low volume indicates the opposite. Investment valuation ratios can be very useful in determining the value of a stock, but it is very important to keep in mind that while some financial ratios have general rules (or a broad application), in most instances it is a prudent practice to look at a company's historical performance and use peer company/industry comparisons to put any given company's ratio in perspective. The price/book value ratio provides a way of evaluating whether a stock is relatively cheap or expensive. OC's stock is trading for more than its book value with a P/B ratio of 1.11. This high share price relative to asset value is likely to indicate that the company has been earning a very high return on its assets. A weakness of the P/B value ratio is that while the price component is easily determined by looking at the stock quote, the book value component is more difficult to estimate and more open to individual interpretation and analysis. SEE: How Buybacks Warps The Price-To-Book Ratio

Coca-Cola HBC S.A (NYSE:CCH) has risen 3.9% to hit a current price of $18.20 per share. The company's volume is currently 15,586 shares for the day, one times the average daily volume. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest. A company's investment value can be 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. The dividend yield is calculated by dividing a company's dividends per share by its stock price. CCH has a dividend yield of 2.4%. A stock's dividend yield depends on the nature of a company's business, its posture in the marketplace (value or growth oriented), its earnings and cash flow, and its dividend policy. SEE: Guide To Stock-Picking Strategies: Income Investing

Blyth (NYSE:BTH) is currently trading at $42.48 per share, a 3.1% increase. So far today, the company's volume is 52,236 shares. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it. Looking at a company's valuation ratios is a good way of getting a basic idea as to its value as an investment. A company's price/earnings ratio (P/E ratio) provides a measure of how expensive or cheap a stock is. The P/E ratio for BTH is 43.6, above the industry average of 17.26. Usually, if a stock has a high P/E ratio, it indicates that the market expects the company to grow earnings quickly in the future. A high or low P/E ratio is not good or bad in and of itself, but a company trading with a high P/E ratio must continue to post strong financial performance or its stock price is likely to fall. SEE: The P/E Ratio: A Good Market-Timing Indicator

Embotelladora Andina SA (NYSE:AKO.B) is trading at $32.85 per share, down 3%. This morning, 13,031 shares have been traded,. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is. Valuation ratios include 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. The debt ratio measures the leverage of a company, and a company's leverage is a good way to assess risk. AKO.B has a debt ratio of 41.7%, which is fairly low. A low debt ratio means the company has more available cash flow. As with all financial ratios, a company's debt ratio should be compared with the industry average or similar companies.

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (NYSE:ABV) has increased to a share price of $37.56, a 2.1% rise. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 667,815 shares. This is in keeping with the average volume over the past three months. Volume is used to evaluate how meaningful the price movement of a stock is. Investors can use valuation ratios as tools to estimate what kind of deal a particular investment is. 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. ABV has a high P/S ratio of 7.85. In young companies, a high P/S ratio is a sign of sales growth that is expected to turn into earnings and cash flow. It is important to keep in mind when looking at the P/S ratio that just because a company is generating revenues, this does not mean that the company is profitable, and in the long run, profits drive stock prices.

Brown-Forman (NYSE:BF.A) is up 1.5% to reach a current price of $62.55 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 1,050 shares, 0.2 times the current daily average. Volume is also used as a secondary indicator to help confirm what the price movement is suggesting. It is important for an investor to estimate the value of any potential or existing investment; valuation ratios make this easier. Dividend yield measures the income that a stock will generate for an investor. The dividend yield for BF.A is 1.5%, which is on the low end. This could indicate that that the stock is overpriced or that future dividends might be higher. It is important to remember that while a higher dividend yield is more attractive, all else being equal, a higher dividend yield can also indicate greater perceived risk. SEE: Due Diligence On Dividends

After rising 1.2%, Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB (NYSE:FMX) is currently trading at a share price of $84.98. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 170,313 shares. Volume is an important indicator in technical analysis as it is used to measure the worth of a market move. If the markets have made a strong price move either up or down the perceived strength of that move depends on the volume for that period. The higher the volume during that price move the more significant the move. When estimating the value of a particular investment, valuation ratios provide a good basis for assessing the value of an individual stock. Perhaps one of the most widely-used stock analysis tools is the price-to-earnings ratio, or P/E. FMX's P/E ratio of 10.4 falls below the industry average of 25.72. A low P/E might arise due to substantial inherent risk of the firm and its operations, poor return on equity, or improper valuation of the market. From the investor's perspective, a stock with a lower ratio is relatively cheaper than a stock with a higher ratio. SEE: How To Use The P/E Ratio And PEG To Tell The Future Of A Stock

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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