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Tickers in this Article: SWHC, RGR, COLM, DW, HY, WWW, GIL
After the morning's trading, the Nasdaq is trading down 0.7%, the S&P 500 has moved little and the Dow has increased 0.3%. 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) is up 0.1% so far today and here are its biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Smith (Nasdaq:SWHC)0.7 million-5.9%
Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR).02 billion-3.5%
Columbia Sportswear (Nasdaq:COLM).93 billion-2.7%
Drew Industries (NYSE:DW)0 million+2.6%
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (NYSE:HY)9.6 million+2.3%
Wolverine World Wide (NYSE:WWW).09 billion-2.3%
Gildan Activewear Inc (NYSE:GIL).36 billion-2.2%
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Currently trading at $10.21 per share, Smith (Nasdaq:SWHC) has fallen 5.9%. The company's volume for the day so far is 7.3 million shares, 2.4 times the current three-month average.

Falling 3.5%, Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) is currently at a share price of $51.55. The company's volume for the day so far is 388,650 shares. This is in line with its current daily average.

Columbia Sportswear (Nasdaq:COLM) is trading at $55.44 per share, down 2.7%. This morning, 47,016 shares have been traded,.

Rising 2.6%, Drew Industries (NYSE:DW) is currently trading at $30.23 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 40,158 shares.

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (NYSE:HY) is currently trading at $44.47 per share, a 2.3% increase. At 9,512 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.1 times the average volume over the last three months.

At $41.74, Wolverine World Wide (NYSE:WWW) has slipped 2.3%. This morning, the company's volume is 177,936 shares. This is in line with its current daily average.

Gildan Activewear Inc (NYSE:GIL) is currently trading at a share price of $35.02, a 2.2% decline. So far today, 131,881 shares have changed hands, on pace to reach yesterday's volume of 224,886 shares.

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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