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Tickers in this Article: CLF, AEM, CLW, GG, SHW, PCP, GRA
It's been a quiet morning for the market. The Nasdaq is unchanged; the S&P 500 has been relatively flat; and the Dow has moved little. The basic materials sector is the category of stocks that accounts for companies involved with the discovery, development and processing of raw materials. This sector includes the mining and refining of metals, chemical producers and forestry products. The basic materials sector is sensitive to changes in the business cycle. Because the sector supplies materials for construction, it depends on a strong economy. This sector is also sensitive to supply and demand fluctuations because the price of raw materials, such as gold or other metals, is largely demand driven.

The Basic Materials sector (XLB) has fallen 0.5% despite little change in the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF)$6.08 billion-9.3%
Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM)$8.87 billion+6.4%
Clearwater (NYSE:CLW)$968.5 million-5.4%
Goldcorp Inc (NYSE:GG)$33.29 billion+5.3%
Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW)$15.58 billion-5.1%
Precision Castparts (NYSE:PCP)$23.54 billion+3.8%
W.R (NYSE:GRA)$4.51 billion+3.4%
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Cliffs Natural Resources (NYSE:CLF) has fallen 9.3% and is currently trading at $38.72 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 8.2 million shares.

Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM) has increased to a share price of $54.96, a 6.4% rise. With 1.4 million shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 1.1 times the average volume over the last three months.

Slipping 5.4%, Clearwater (NYSE:CLW) is currently trading at $39.42 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 93,997 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 170,068 shares.

Rising 5.3%, Goldcorp Inc (NYSE:GG) is currently trading at $43.24 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 2.9 million shares, 0.7 times the average daily volume.

Falling 5.1%, Sherwin-Williams (NYSE:SHW) is currently at a share price of $143.97. The company is currently trading a volume of 1.5 million shares.

After an increase of 3.8%, Precision Castparts (NYSE:PCP) has reached a current price of $168.08. The company's volume for the day so far is 670,397 shares, 1.4 times its current three-month average.

W.R (NYSE:GRA) has moved up 3.4% and is currently trading at $62.27 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 403,027 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 783,362 shares.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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