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Tickers in this Article: EXK, SSRI, AG, SLW, AUY, RGLD, GG
The Nasdaq has fallen 1.7%, the S&P 500 is down 0.8% and the Dow has decreased 0.7%, marking a bad morning for the market.

The Gold and Silver sector (SLV) is down 0.8%, outperforming the market overall. Currently, the biggest movers in the sector are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE:EXK)$954.1 million-4.2%
Silver Standard Resources Inc (Nasdaq:SSRI)$1.24 billion-2.7%
First Majestic (NYSE:AG)$2.65 billion-1.7%
Silver Wheaton Corp (NYSE:SLW)$14.05 billion-1.5%
Yamana Gold Inc (NYSE:AUY)$14.24 billion-1.4%
Royal Gold (Nasdaq:RGLD)$5.68 billion-1.3%
Goldcorp Inc (NYSE:GG)$37.27 billion-0.9%
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Falling 4.2%, Endeavour Silver Corp (NYSE:EXK) is currently at a share price of $9.22. So far today, the company's volume is 838,291 shares, 0.7 times its average over the past three months. High volume indicates a lot of investor interest while low volume indicates the opposite.

Silver Standard Resources Inc (Nasdaq:SSRI) has fallen 2.7% and is currently trading at $14.92 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 404,608 shares. If a stock price makes a big move up or down, volume lets us know the significance of that move.

First Majestic (NYSE:AG) is trading at $22.51 per share, down 1.7%. At 338,028 shares, the company's volume so far today is consistent with its current daily average. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest.

After a decline of 1.5%, Silver Wheaton Corp (NYSE:SLW) has hit a share price of $39.08. So far today, two million shares of the company's stock have changed hands. Volume is an important indicator in technical analysis as it is used to measure the worth of a market move. If the markets have made a strong price move either up or down the perceived strength of that move depends on the volume for that period. The higher the volume during that price move the more significant the move.

Yamana Gold Inc (NYSE:AUY) is currently trading at a share price of $18.70, a 1.4% decline. With 2.7 million shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is consistent with its current three-month average. If a stock price moves on high volume, this means that the change is a significant one.

Royal Gold (Nasdaq:RGLD) has decreased to $95.09 per share, a 1.3% fall. The company is currently trading a volume of 305,194 shares. Volume is used to evaluate how meaningful the price movement of a stock is.

Currently trading at $45.55 per share, Goldcorp Inc (NYSE:GG) has fallen 0.9%. The company's volume is currently 1.4 million shares for the day, 0.3 times the current daily average. In technical analysis, trading volume is used to determine the strength of a market indicator.

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. Keep in mind that all these ratios should be compared against historical numbers and industry information in order to get a more complete picture.

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