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Tickers in this Article: SPW, THO, GD, SHS, FLR, RBC, LNN
The market has been slipping so far today. The Nasdaq has decreased 0.2%; the S&P 500 has slipped 0.3%; and the Dow is down 0.4%. 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) is down 0.3%, underperforming the market overall. The current biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
SPX (NYSE:SPW)$3.34 billion+2.1%
Thor Industries (NYSE:THO)$2.05 billion-2%
General Dynamics (NYSE:GD)$24.86 billion-1.7%
Sauer-Danfoss (NYSE:SHS)$2.55 billion-1.2%
Fluor (NYSE:FLR)$9.85 billion-1.1%
REGAL-BELOIT (NYSE:RBC)$3.19 billion-1.1%
Lindsay (NYSE:LNN)$997.6 million-1.1%
Broker Summary: TD Ameritrade Thinkorswim

After rising 2.1%, SPX (NYSE:SPW) is currently trading at a share price of $67.18. So far today, the company's volume is 740,227 shares, 0.3 times the current three-month average.

After a decline of 2%, Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) has hit a share price of $37.86. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 223,608 shares.

At $69.20, General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) has slipped 1.7%. At 801,681 shares, the company's volume so far today is in line with the current daily average.

Slipping 1.2%, Sauer-Danfoss (NYSE:SHS) is currently trading at $51.92 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 10,812 shares. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of 194,258 shares.

At $58.50, Fluor (NYSE:FLR) has slipped 1.1%. With 218,232 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.1 times the average volume over the last three months.

REGAL-BELOIT (NYSE:RBC) is currently trading at a share price of $70.26, a 1.1% decline. The company is currently trading a volume of 22,716 shares.

Lindsay (NYSE:LNN) is trading at $76.90 per share, down 1.1%. So far today, the company's volume is 9,671 shares, 0.1 times the average daily volume.

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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