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Tickers in this Article: SCS, ACAT, KNM, MHK, UA, RL, SHOO
So far today, the Nasdaq has declined 0.4%, the S&P 500 has moved little and the Dow has slipped 0.1%. 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.

On a quiet day for the market overall so far, the Consumer Cyclical sector (XLY) has slipped 0.4% and its biggest movers are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Steelcase (NYSE:SCS)$1.44 billion+8.6%
Arctic Cat (Nasdaq:ACAT)$505.9 million-5.7%
Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK)$5.82 billion+4.2%
Under Armour (NYSE:UA)$5.13 billion-2.4%
Polo Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL)$14.02 billion-2.3%
Steven (Nasdaq:SHOO)$2.01 billion-2.1%
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Rising 8.6%, Steelcase (NYSE:SCS) is currently trading at $12.52 per share. This morning, the company's volume is 1.1 million shares. This is 1.2 times its average daily volume.

Arctic Cat (Nasdaq:ACAT) is trading at $36.01 per share, down 5.7%. At 196,843 shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.1 times its current three-month average.

Slipping 5.5%, KONAMI CORPORATION (NYSE:KNM) is currently trading at $23.47 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 2,536 shares.

After rising 4.2%, Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK) is currently trading at a share price of $87.77. At 438,576 shares, the company's volume so far today is more than yesterday's 412,466 shares.

Under Armour (NYSE:UA) has fallen 2.4% and is currently trading at $47.82 per share. The company's volume for the morning is 658,827 shares. This is 0.4 times the average daily volume.

Polo Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL) is currently trading at a share price of $149.70, a 2.3% decline. With 409,845 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is in keeping with the average volume over the past three months.

Currently trading at $42.82 per share, Steven (Nasdaq:SHOO) has fallen 2.1%. The company is currently trading a volume of 66,934 shares.

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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