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Tickers in this Article: FOSL, LF, DW, SFLY, NAV, TSLA, HAS
Currently, the Nasdaq has been relatively flat, the S&P 500 has risen 0.4% and the Dow is trading up 0.6%. The consumer cyclical sector is a category of stocks that relies heavily on the business cycle and economic conditions. Consumer cyclicals include industries such as automotive, housing, entertainment and retail. The category can be further divided into durable and non-durable sections. Durable cyclicals include physical goods such as hardware or vehicles, while non-durables represent items like movies or hotel services. The performance of consumer cyclicals is highly related to the state of the economy. They represent goods and services that are not considered necessities, but luxurious purchases. During contractions or recessions, people have less disposable income to spend on consumer cyclicals. When the economy is expanding or booming, the sales of these goods rise as retail and leisure spending increase.

The Consumer Cyclical sector (XLY) has climbed 0.1% overall, and these are the biggest movers in the sector so far:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Fossil (Nasdaq:FOSL)$5.73 billion-11.6%
LeapFrog Enterprises (NYSE:LF)$642.9 million-10.2%
Drew Industries (NYSE:DW)$720.1 million+4.8%
Shutterfly (Nasdaq:SFLY)$975.7 million+4.1%
Navistar (NYSE:NAV)$1.6 billion+3.6%
Tesla Motors (Nasdaq:TSLA)$3.32 billion-3.4%
Hasbro (Nasdaq:HAS)$4.71 billion+2.7%
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Taking a 11.6% hit, Fossil (Nasdaq:FOSL) is currently trading at $83.16 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 2.6 million shares.

Shares of LeapFrog Enterprises (NYSE:LF) are currently trading at $8.59, a steep decline of 10.2%. The company's volume is currently five million shares for the day, 3.4 times the average daily volume.

After rising 4.8%, Drew Industries (NYSE:DW) is currently trading at a share price of $33.83. So far today, the company's volume is 75,991 shares. This is about the same trading activity as there was yesterday.

Increasing 4.1%, Shutterfly (Nasdaq:SFLY) is trading at $28.23 per share. The company's volume is currently 437,704 shares for the day, 0.6 times its average over the past three months.

After an increase of 3.6%, Navistar (NYSE:NAV) has reached a current price of $20.85. The company is currently trading a volume of 641,938 shares.

Currently trading at $30.44 per share, Tesla Motors (Nasdaq:TSLA) has fallen 3.4%. The company's volume is currently 927,843 shares for the day, one times the average daily volume.

Hasbro (Nasdaq:HAS) has risen 2.7% and is currently trading at $37.16 per share. So far today, 3.8 million shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is more trading activity than there was yesterday.

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. 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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