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Tickers in this Article: BNNY, RDEN, HAIN, LNCE, BTH, DEO, MNST
The market is currently down, with the Nasdaq decreasing 0.8%, the S&P 500 down 0.5% and the Dow slipping 0.7%.

The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) is up 0.2% on a bad day for the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Annies (NYSE:BNNY)$708.8 million+5.1%
Elizabeth Arden (Nasdaq:RDEN)$1.37 billion-3.3%
Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq:HAIN)$3.1 billion+3.3%
Snyder S Lance (Nasdaq:LNCE)$1.6 billion-2.9%
Blyth (NYSE:BTH)$729.7 million-2%
Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO)$75.2 billion+2%
Monster (Nasdaq:MNST)$10.4 billion-1.8%
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After an increase of 5.1%, Annies (NYSE:BNNY) has reached a current price of $43.65. At 283,976 shares, the company's volume so far today is one 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 provide investors with an estimation, albeit a simplistic one, of the value of a stock. The easy-to-calculate debt ratio is helpful to investors looking for a quick take on the leverage for a company. BNNY has a low debt ratio of 8.6%. This indicates that the company engages in conservative financing with opportunities to borrow in the future at no significant risk. As with all financial ratios, a company's debt ratio should be compared with the industry average or similar companies.

Elizabeth Arden (Nasdaq:RDEN) is currently trading at a share price of $45, a 3.3% decline. The company is trading at a volume of 122,400 shares. Price change alone is not enough to know how a stock is doing. Volume is an important secondary indicator used to confirm trends suggested by price movement. When estimating the value of a particular investment, valuation ratios provide a good basis for assessing the value of an individual stock. The debt-equity (D/E) ratio is a measurement of how much suppliers, lenders, creditors and obligors have committed to the company versus what the shareholders have committed. RDEN's D/E ratio is 70%. The D/E ratio is not a pure measurement of a company's debt because it includes operational liabilities in total liabilities.

Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq:HAIN) is currently trading at $71.24 per share, a 3.3% increase. So far today, the company's volume is 317,069 shares, 0.3 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 price/earnings to growth (PEG) ratio divides a company's P/E ratio by its growth rate of earnings-per-share. HAIN's PEG ratio of 2.66 is in line with the industry average. While P/E ratios are important indicators of market value, a high P/E in and of itself is not bad because it may indicate a company whose earnings are growing very rapidly, so many investors look at the PEG ratio in order to get an idea of whether or not a particular P/E ratio is justified by underlying earnings growth.

Snyder S Lance (Nasdaq:LNCE) is trading at $22.71 per share, down 2.9%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 228,324 shares. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is. It is important for an investor to estimate the value of any potential or existing investment; valuation ratios make this easier. Perhaps one of the most widely-used stock analysis tools is the price-to-earnings ratio, or P/E. LNCE's P/E ratio of 24.6 is under the industry average of 39.51. Companies with low P/E ratios may find it easier to surprise the market to the upside, even if their financial performance is not as strong as that of companies with high P/E ratios. From the investor's perspective, a stock with a lower ratio is relatively cheaper than a stock with a higher ratio. SEE: How To Find P/E And PEG Ratios

Blyth (NYSE:BTH) has decreased to $41.46 per share, a 2% fall. With 37,134 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.1 times its current three-month average. 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 capitalization ratio measures the debt component of the capital structure, or capitalization of a company (i.e., the sum of long-term debt liabilities and shareholder equity) to support operations and growth. BTH has a capitalization ratio of 45.6%. Prudent use of leverage (debt) increases the financial resources available to a company for growth and expansion.

Diageo plc (NYSE:DEO) has increased to a share price of $111.41, a 2% rise. So far today, the company's volume is 274,891 shares. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of 896,881 shares. In technical analysis, trading volume is used to determine the strength of a market indicator. Investment valuation ratios can be very useful in estimating whether a stock price is too high, reasonable or a bargain investment opportunity. The price/book value ratio is calculated by dividing the current stock price by the company's book value per share. DEO has a P/B ratio of 9.61 which shows that its share price is higher than its book value. This may be a sign that the company is overvalued. P/B value ratios are particularly useful to value investors, distressed or "vulture" investors, or any other investors purchasing beaten-down securities but are less useful to investors focused on growth stocks, purchasing IPOs, or investing in technology or other "asset-lite" companies. SEE: Investment Valuation Ratios: Price/Book Value Ratio

After a decline of 1.8%, Monster (Nasdaq:MNST) has hit a share price of $57.85. So far today, the company's volume is 507,738 shares, 0.2 times its current daily average. High volume indicates a lot of investor interest while low volume indicates the opposite. Looking at a company's valuation ratios is a good way of getting a basic idea as to its value as an investment. The price/sales ratio is used for spotting recovery situations or for double-checking that a company's growth has not become overvalued. The P/S ratio for MNST is a high 6.5. In young companies, a high P/S ratio is a sign of sales growth that is expected to turn into earnings and cash flow. 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 No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. 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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