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Tickers in this Article: NEU, TG, DOV, UAN, RNF, BCPC, CLF
The Nasdaq has moved up 0.1%, the S&P 500 has decreased 0.3% and the Dow has declined 0.3% so far today. The basic materials sector is the category of stocks that accounts for companies involved with the discovery, development and processing of raw materials. This sector includes the mining and refining of metals, chemical producers and forestry products. The basic materials sector is sensitive to changes in the business cycle. Because the sector supplies materials for construction, it depends on a strong economy. This sector is also sensitive to supply and demand fluctuations because the price of raw materials, such as gold or other metals, is largely demand driven.

The Basic Materials sector (XLB) has climbed 0.1% so far today and here are its biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
NewMarket (NYSE:NEU)$3.68 billion-8.3%
Tredegar (NYSE:TG)$615.3 million+4.1%
Dover (NYSE:DOV)$10.49 billion+3.7%
CVR (NYSE:UAN)$2.01 billion-3.6%
Rentech Nitrogen (NYSE:RNF)$1.52 billion-3.5%
Balchem (Nasdaq:BCPC)$978.5 million-2.6%
Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF)$5.17 billion+2.5%
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At $251.35, NewMarket (NYSE:NEU) has slipped 8.3%. At 19,861 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 times its current daily average.

Rising 4.1%, Tredegar (NYSE:TG) is currently trading at $19.94 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 21,575 shares.

Dover (NYSE:DOV) is at $60.75 per share after an increase of 3.7%. The company's volume is currently 684,265 shares for the day, on pace to reach yesterday's volume of 1.2 million shares.

CVR (NYSE:UAN) is currently trading at a share price of $26.48, a 3.6% decline. So far today, 71,380 shares have changed hands. This is consistent with its current three-month average.

Currently trading at $38.31 per share, Rentech Nitrogen (NYSE:RNF) has fallen 3.5%. So far today, the company's volume is 190,829 shares, in line with the current daily average.

Balchem (Nasdaq:BCPC) is down 2.6% to reach $32.54 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 14,841 shares.

Increasing 2.5%, Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF) is trading at $37.17 per share. So far today, 1.4 million shares have changed hands, which is likely to result in less activity than yesterday's volume of 10.1 million shares.

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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