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Tickers in this Article: DECK, TWI, WPRT, TRLG, GIL, HI, OSK
So far today, the Nasdaq has increased 0.2%, the S&P 500 has fallen 0.1% and the Dow is trading down 0.2%. 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 remained steady so far today and here are its biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Deckers (Nasdaq:DECK)$1.35 billion+7.1%
Titan International (NYSE:TWI)$970.6 million+5.8%
Westport Innovations Inc (Nasdaq:WPRT)$1.45 billion+5.4%
True Religion Apparel (Nasdaq:TRLG)$672.8 million-5.2%
Gildan Activewear Inc (NYSE:GIL)$4.24 billion+3.1%
Hillenbrand (NYSE:HI)$1.33 billion-2.5%
Oshkosh (NYSE:OSK)$2.69 billion+2.2%
Broker Summary: E-Trade Financial

Deckers (Nasdaq:DECK) has risen 7.1% and is currently trading at $41.01 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 3.5 million shares, 1.3 times the current three-month average.

Titan International (NYSE:TWI) is currently trading at $21.51 per share, a 5.8% increase. The company's volume is currently 883,849 shares. This is more trading activity than there was yesterday.

Rising 5.4%, Westport Innovations Inc (Nasdaq:WPRT) is currently trading at $27.68 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 517,306 shares, 0.9 times the current daily average.

Slipping 5.2%, True Religion Apparel (Nasdaq:TRLG) is currently trading at $24.74 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 365,893 shares.

Increasing 3.1%, Gildan Activewear Inc (NYSE:GIL) is trading at $35.98 per share. At 349,119 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.7 times the average volume over the last three months.

Hillenbrand (NYSE:HI) is down 2.5% to reach $20.64 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 232,924 shares. This is about the same trading activity as there was yesterday.

Oshkosh (NYSE:OSK) is at $29.99 per share after an increase of 2.2%. At 146,232 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 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. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. 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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