Consumer Cyclical Stocks, Including Honda Motor Co., Ltd, Making Big Moves on November 21, 2012

By Investopedia Staff | November 21, 2012 AAA

So far today, the Nasdaq is unchanged, the S&P 500 has moved up 0.1% and the Dow has risen 0.2%. The consumer cyclical sector is a category of stocks that relies heavily on the business cycle and economic conditions. Consumer cyclicals include industries such as automotive, housing, entertainment and retail. The category can be further divided into durable and non-durable sections. Durable cyclicals include physical goods such as hardware or vehicles, while non-durables represent items like movies or hotel services. The performance of consumer cyclicals is highly related to the state of the economy. They represent goods and services that are not considered necessities, but luxurious purchases. During contractions or recessions, people have less disposable income to spend on consumer cyclicals. When the economy is expanding or booming, the sales of these goods rise as retail and leisure spending increase.

The biggest movers in the Consumer Cyclical sector (XLY) (+0.2%) are:

Company Market Cap Percentage Change
Skechers USA (NYSE:SKX) $665.1 million +11.7%
Wabash (NYSE:WNC) $506.4 million +9.5%
Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) $987.1 million +3.6%
Shutterfly (Nasdaq:SFLY) $934.9 million +3.5%
Honda Motor Co., Ltd (NYSE:HMC) $57.19 billion +2.7%
Oshkosh (NYSE:OSK) $2.72 billion +2.1%
Drew Industries (NYSE:DW) $691.4 million +1.9%

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Skechers USA (NYSE:SKX) rose a significant 11.7% to reach $18.95 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 866,979 shares.

Rising 9.5%, Wabash (NYSE:WNC) is currently trading at $8.10 per share. The company's volume is currently 1.4 million shares for the day, more than yesterday's 560,227 shares.

After rising 3.6%, Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) is currently trading at a share price of $53.35. The company is currently trading a volume of 298,098 shares. This is consistent with the average over the past three months.

After an increase of 3.5%, Shutterfly (Nasdaq:SFLY) has reached a current price of $26.75. The company's volume is currently 243,250 shares for the day, 0.4 times its current daily average.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd (NYSE:HMC) is currently trading at $32.58 per share, a 2.7% increase. So far today, the company's volume is 159,558 shares.

Oshkosh (NYSE:OSK) is up 2.1% to reach a current price of $30.29 per share. This morning, 370,586 shares have been traded, on pace to reach yesterday's volume of 833,325 shares.

Drew Industries (NYSE:DW) has moved up 1.9% and is currently trading at $31.48 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 17,236 shares. This is 0.2 times the current three-month average.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. 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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