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Tickers in this Article: CCH, STZ, GMCR, MNST, HAIN, BUD, USNA
The market is having a good day so far: the Nasdaq has increased 0.2%; the S&P 500 is trading up 0.5%; and the Dow is up 0.5%.

The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) is up 0.5%, outperforming the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Coca-Cola HBC S.A (NYSE:CCH)$7.34 billion+5.8%
Constellation Brands, Inc (NYSE:STZ)$6.16 billion+4.4%
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq:GMCR)$3.68 billion-4%
Monster (Nasdaq:MNST)$9.77 billion+2.5%
Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq:HAIN)$2.87 billion+2.5%
Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (NYSE:BUD)$142.4 billion+2.1%
USANA Health Sciences (NYSE:USNA)$694.1 million+2.1%
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Increasing 5.8%, Coca-Cola HBC S.A (NYSE:CCH) is trading at $21.19 per share. The company's volume is currently 14,911 shares. Yesterday, volume was only 5,957 shares. If a stock price makes a big move up or down, volume lets us know the significance of that move. While investment valuation ratios are useful tools in estimating the attractiveness of an investment, remember that it is important to look at a company's historical performance and compare the company ratios with its competitors and industry overall. A simple P/E ratio can reveal the stock's real market value and show how the valuation compares to its industry group or a benchmark like the S&P 500 Index. The P/E ratio for CCH is 25.3, above the industry average of 21.71. 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. High P/E stocks could be "growth" stocks, while low PE stocks may be "value" stocks. SEE: Profit With The Power Of Price-To-Earnings

Constellation Brands, Inc (NYSE:STZ) has risen 4.4% to hit a current price of $36.25 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 2.2 million shares, 0.8 times the average volume over the last three months. If a stock price makes a big move up or down, volume lets us know the significance of that move. 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. A price/sales ratio is derived by dividing stock market price by company sales. STZ has a high P/S ratio of 1.29. 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.

Falling 4%, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq:GMCR) is currently at a share price of $22.70. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 3.2 million shares. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it. Understanding investment valuation ratios allows an investor to assess the true value of an individual stock. The debt ratio shows the proportion of assets that a company is financing through debt. GMCR's debt ratio of 33.6% is on the low side. In other words, the company is less sensitive to changes in business or interest rates since less of its cash flow is dedicated to paying off loan expenses. As with all financial ratios, a company's debt ratio should be compared with the industry average or similar companies.

Rising 2.5%, Monster (Nasdaq:MNST) is currently trading at $56.77 per share. At 696,292 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.4 times the average daily volume. When a stock price moves up or down, watching the volume is a good way of identifying how significant that shift is. 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. When used consistently and uniformly, the price/earnings to growth (PEG) ratio is an essential tool that adds dimension to the price/earnings ratio, allows comparisons across diverse industries and is always on the lookout for value. MNST's PEG ratio of 1.55 is in line with the industry average. Because of the adjustment for earnings growth rate, the PEG ratio is somewhat more useful than many formulas for comparing companies in different industries.

Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq:HAIN) has moved up 2.5% and is currently trading at $65.36 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 329,350 shares. This is about the same trading activity as there was yesterday. If a stock price moves on high volume, this means that the change is a significant one. Investors can use valuation ratios as tools to estimate what kind of deal a particular investment is. The price/book value ratio, often expressed simply as "price-to-book", provides investors a way to compare the market value, or what they are paying for each share, to a conservative measure of the value of the firm. The P/B ratio for HAIN is 3.05, indicating that the stock is trading for more than its book value. This implies that investors expect management to create more value from a given set of assets and/or that the market value of the firm's assets is significantly higher than their accounting value. Users need to be careful when applying this ratio though, as it is more useful for industrial companies that have a lot of tangible assets than it is for technology or consumer product companies that may not have much in the way of hard assets. SEE: Using The Price-To-Book Ratio To Evaluate Companies

Anheuser-Busch InBev NV (NYSE:BUD) is up 2.1% to reach a current price of $90.55 per share. With 1.2 million shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is one times the current three-month average. Volume is also used as a secondary indicator to help confirm what the price movement is suggesting. Investment valuation ratios provide investors with an estimation, albeit a simplistic one, of the value of a stock. Price/earnings ratios (P/E ratios) provide a measure of the relative value of a stock. BUD has a P/E ratio of 20.3, high compared to the industry average of 16.77. Generally speaking, the higher the P/E ratio, the higher the market expectations for a company's future performance. From the investor's perspective, a stock with a lower ratio is relatively cheaper than a stock with a higher ratio. SEE: Can Investors Trust the P/E Ratio?

USANA Health Sciences (NYSE:USNA) has increased to a share price of $49.02, a 2.1% rise. The company is currently trading a volume of 68,318 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. Looking at a company's valuation ratios is a good way of getting a basic idea as to its value as an investment. 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. USNA's P/S ratio of 1.01 is on the high side. This could be a good sign if the share price increases. A limitation of the P/S ratio is that the price component measures only stock market captialization, while sales are a function of the entire capital structure, potentially leading to wide differences between levered and unlevered companies.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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