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Tickers in this Article: FRAN, CONN, IIT, YELP, NTES, DIS, VSI
The market is doing well so far today. The Nasdaq is up 0.2%; the S&P 500 has risen 0.2%; and the Dow has moved up 0.3%.

Outperforming the market overall, the Services sector (IYC) is up 0.4% and its biggest movers so far today are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Francesca\'s (Nasdaq:FRAN)$1.57 billion-14%
CONN\'S (Nasdaq:CONN)$777.8 million+8.5%
PT Indosat Tbk (NYSE:IIT)$2.9 billion+7.1%
Yelp (NYSE:YELP)$1.48 billion+6.8%
NetEase.com Inc (Nasdaq:NTES)$6.66 billion-3.5%
Disney (NYSE:DIS)$89.1 billion+3.1%
Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE:VSI)$1.67 billion+2.5%
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Shares of Francesca's (Nasdaq:FRAN) are currently trading at $31.03, a steep decline of 14%. So far today, the company's volume is five million shares. Yesterday, volume was only 2.4 million shares. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it. 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/book value ratio is calculated by dividing the current stock price by the company's book value per share. FRAN's stock is trading for more than its book value with a P/B ratio of 48.48. This high share price relative to asset value is likely to indicate that the company has been earning a very high return on its assets. A weakness of the P/B value ratio is that while the price component is easily determined by looking at the stock quote, the book value component is more difficult to estimate and more open to individual interpretation and analysis. SEE: Investment Valuation Ratios: Price/Book Value Ratio

CONN'S (Nasdaq:CONN) has risen 8.5% to hit a current price of $25.99 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 988,974 shares, 3.7 times the average daily volume. Volume is used to evaluate how meaningful the price movement of a stock is. Investors can make use of valuation ratios to estimate whether a stock is fairly valued. To a large degree, the debt-equity (D/E) ratio provides another vantage point on a company's leverage position, in this case, comparing total liabilities to shareholders' equity, as opposed to total assets in the debt ratio. CONN's D/E ratio is 81%. This easy-to-calculate ratio provides a general indication of a company's equity-liability relationship and is helpful to investors looking for a quick take on a company's leverage.

PT Indosat Tbk (NYSE:IIT) is currently trading at $28.59 per share, a 7.1% increase. The company is currently trading a volume of 8,100 shares. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest. It is important for an investor to estimate the value of any potential or existing investment; valuation ratios make this easier. The debt ratio shows the proportion of assets that a company is financing through debt. The debt ratio for IIT is 64.8%, which is relatively high. This might mean that the company now has low borrowing capacity, which reduces it's financial flexibility. However, one thing to note with this ratio: it isn't a pure measure of a company's debt (or indebtedness), as it also includes operational liabilities, such as accounts payable and taxes payable.

Yelp (NYSE:YELP) has increased to a share price of $25.89, a 6.8% rise. With 1.8 million shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.8 times the current three-month average. If a stock price moves on high volume, this means that the change is a significant one. Valuation ratios include 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/book value ratio provides a way of evaluating whether a stock is relatively cheap or expensive. YELP has a P/B ratio of 11.26 which shows that its share price is higher than its book value. This may be a sign that the company is overvalued. 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

NetEase.com Inc (Nasdaq:NTES) has fallen 3.5% and is currently trading at $49.08 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 420,907 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of one million shares. As a stock moves up or down, it is important to pay attention to the trading volume. This indicates the level of interest: the higher the volume, the more the 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 debt ratio gives users a quick measure of the amount of debt that the company has on its balance sheets compared to its assets. NTES has a low debt ratio of 14%. 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.

Increasing 3.1%, Disney (NYSE:DIS) is trading at $51.19 per share. The company's volume is currently 7.2 million shares for the day, 1.1 times its current daily average. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest. Valuation ratios like 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 are useful in determining how attractive a potential or existing investment is. 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. DIS has a high P/S ratio of 2.09. 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 compare P/S ratios for companies in the same industry, as ratios can vary quite widely for companies in different industries.

Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE:VSI) is up 2.5% to reach a current price of $57.78 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 540,522 shares. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is. Investment valuation ratios can be very useful in estimating whether a stock price is too high, reasonable or a bargain investment opportunity. One of the most important estimates of stock market valuation is the price/earnings ratio (P/E ratio). VSI's P/E ratio of 30.0 is above the industry average of 18.46. 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: Understanding The P/E Ratio

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. 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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