Consumer Cyclical Stocks, Including Toyota Motor Corporation, Making Big Moves on December 18, 2012

By Investopedia Staff | December 18, 2012 AAA

The Nasdaq has risen 1.1%, the S&P 500 has moved up 0.8% and the Dow is trading up 0.6% on a good day for the market so far. 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.

Underperforming the market overall, the Consumer Cyclical sector (XLY) is up 1%, and these are its current biggest movers:

Company Market Cap Percentage Change
Smith (Nasdaq:SWHC) $573.4 million -10.2%
Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) $843 million -7.6%
Under Armour (NYSE:UA) $5.01 billion +4.4%
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc (NYSE:SWK) $12.18 billion +3.5%
Fossil (Nasdaq:FOSL) $5.47 billion +3.4%
Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) $137.11 billion +3%
WABCO Holdings (NYSE:WBC) $3.89 billion +2.4%

Broker Summary: E-Trade Financial

Shares of Smith (Nasdaq:SWHC) are currently trading at $7.77, a steep decline of 10.2%. The company's volume for the day so far is 10.9 million shares.

At $40.67, Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) has slipped 7.6%. At 1.6 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.8 times the current daily average.

Under Armour (NYSE:UA) has risen 4.4% and is currently trading at $49.98 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 824,638 shares.

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc (NYSE:SWK) has risen 3.5% to hit a current price of $74.71 per share. At 946,275 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.8 times the average volume over the last three months.

Fossil (Nasdaq:FOSL) is currently trading at $94.23 per share, a 3.4% increase. The company is trading at a volume of 273,363 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 514,131 shares.

Toyota Motor Corporation (NYSE:TM) is up 3% to reach a current price of $89.19 per share. At 389,405 shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.6 times the average daily volume.

WABCO Holdings (NYSE:WBC) has increased to a share price of $62.99, a 2.4% rise. The company is currently trading a volume of 107,809 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. 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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