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Tickers in this Article: RGLD, HL, AUQ, CDE, AEM, AUY, AG
The market has been doing well after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq has increased 0.3%; the S&P 500 has climbed 0.6%; and the Dow is trading up 0.3%.

Outperforming the market overall, the Gold and Silver sector (SLV) is up 0.4% and its biggest movers so far today are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Royal Gold (Nasdaq:RGLD).61 billion-4.5%
Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL).84 billion+3.6%
AuRico Gold (NYSE:AUQ).18 billion-3.2%
Coeur d\'Alene (NYSE:CDE).59 billion+2.7%
Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM).9 billion+2.2%
Yamana Gold Inc (NYSE:AUY).1 billion+2.1%
First Majestic (NYSE:AG).63 billion+2%
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Royal Gold (Nasdaq:RGLD) is trading at $90.99 per share, down 4.5%. The company's volume for the morning is 1.9 million shares. This is 2.6 times the average daily volume. Volume indicates the level of interest that investors have in a company at its current price.

Hecla Mining (NYSE:HL) has increased to a share price of $6.69, a 3.6% rise. At 2.9 million shares, the company's volume so far today is consistent with its current three-month average. In technical analysis, trading volume is used to determine the strength of a market indicator.

AuRico Gold (NYSE:AUQ) is currently trading at a share price of $7.49, a 3.2% decline. So far today, 2.2 million shares have changed hands. Volume is used to evaluate how meaningful the price movement of a stock is.

After an increase of 2.7%, Coeur d'Alene (NYSE:CDE) has reached a current price of $29.54. So far today, 636,711 shares have changed hands, consistent with the volume from yesterday lighter than yesterday's volume of 1.4 million shares. As a stock moves up or down, it is important to pay attention to the trading volume. This indicates the level of interest: the higher the volume, the more the interest.

Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM) has moved up 2.2% and is currently trading at $53 per share. So far this morning, 408,764 shares have changed hands. This is 0.3 times its current daily average. Volume is an important indicator because it indicates how significant a price shift is.

Yamana Gold Inc (NYSE:AUY) is currently trading at $19.17 per share, a 2.1% increase. The company's volume for the day so far is 2.3 million shares, in keeping with the average volume over the past three months. If a stock price makes a big move up or down, volume lets us know the significance of that move.

Increasing 2%, First Majestic (NYSE:AG) is trading at $23.19 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 273,203 shares. If a stock is trading on low volume, then there is not much interest in the stock. On the other hand, if a stock is trading on high volume, then there is a lot of interest in the stock.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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