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Tickers in this Article: CYD, NVR, CRH, GRP, TGI, RYL, FAST
It's been a quiet morning for the market. The Nasdaq is unchanged; the S&P 500 has moved little; and the Dow has been relatively flat. The capital goods sector is the category of stocks related to the manufacture or distribution of goods. The sector is diverse, containing companies that manufacture machinery used to create capital goods, electrical equipment, aerospace and defense, engineering and construction projects. It is also referred to as the "industrials sector". Performance in the capital goods sector is sensitive to fluctuations in the business cycle. Because it relies heavily on manufacturing, the sector does well when the economy is booming or expanding. As economic conditions worsen, the demand for capital goods drops off, usually lowering the prices of stocks in the sector.

The Capital Goods sector (XLI) has risen 0.4% despite little change in the market overall. Currently, the biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
China Yuchai (NYSE:CYD)$636.5 million-2.8%
NVR (NYSE:NVR)$4.55 billion+2.6%
CRH PLC (NYSE:CRH)$15.11 billion-2.2%
MI Developments Inc (NYSE:GRP)$1.79 billion+1.7%
Triumph Group (NYSE:TGI)$3.39 billion+1.5%
Ryland Group (NYSE:RYL)$1.7 billion-1.5%
Fastenal (Nasdaq:FAST)$14.17 billion+1.4%
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China Yuchai (NYSE:CYD) is currently trading at a share price of $16.60, a 2.8% decline. So far today, the company's volume is 25,106 shares.

NVR (NYSE:NVR) has moved up 2.6% and is currently trading at $954.57 per share. At 11,717 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.3 times the average volume over the last three months.

CRH PLC (NYSE:CRH) is trading at $20.48 per share, down 2.2%. So far today, 73,425 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

MI Developments Inc (NYSE:GRP) is currently trading at $38.98 per share, a 1.7% increase. So far today, the company's volume is 100,538 shares, 1.9 times the average daily volume.

After an increase of 1.5%, Triumph Group (NYSE:TGI) has reached a current price of $68.73. The company's volume for the day so far is 100,013 shares.

Ryland Group (NYSE:RYL) is down 1.5% to reach $37.03 per share. The company's volume is currently 407,153 shares for the day, 0.4 times its average over the past three months.

After rising 1.4%, Fastenal (Nasdaq:FAST) is currently trading at a share price of $48.50. The company is trading at a volume of 357,416 shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. 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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