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Tickers in this Article: SXI, MDC, GTLS, JOY, NDSN, ATK, CMI
The Nasdaq has risen 1.3%, the S&P 500 has increased 1% and the Dow has moved up 1.2% on a good day for the market so far. 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.

Outperforming the market overall, the Capital Goods sector (XLI) is up 1.7% and its biggest movers so far today are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Standex (NYSE:SXI)$584 million+8.4%
M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE:MDC)$1.84 billion+7.5%
Chart Industries (Nasdaq:GTLS)$2.12 billion-6.9%
Joy Global (NYSE:JOY)$6.61 billion+4.8%
Nordson (Nasdaq:NDSN)$3.78 billion+4.5%
Alliant Techsystems (NYSE:ATK)$1.87 billion+4.2%
Cummins (NYSE:CMI)$17.82 billion+4%
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Increasing 8.4%, Standex (NYSE:SXI) is trading at $50.11 per share. At 28,642 shares, the company's volume so far today is one times the current daily average.

M.D.C. Holdings (NYSE:MDC) is up 7.5% to reach a current price of $41.12 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 830,595 shares.

At $65.92, Chart Industries (Nasdaq:GTLS) has slipped 6.9%. So far today, the company's volume is 898,769 shares, 3.1 times the average volume over the last three months.

Joy Global (NYSE:JOY) is at $65.46 per share after an increase of 4.8%. So far today, the company's volume is 1.4 million shares.

Nordson (Nasdaq:NDSN) has moved up 4.5% and is currently trading at $61.67 per share. The company's volume is currently 84,647 shares for the day, in line with the current daily average.

After an increase of 4.2%, Alliant Techsystems (NYSE:ATK) has reached a current price of $59.72. The company is currently trading a volume of 389,527 shares.

Cummins (NYSE:CMI) has increased to a share price of $97.32, a 4% rise. With 1.8 million shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.7 times its current three-month average.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. 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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