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Tickers in this Article: FOSL, GWW, MOV, MAT, GIII, WSM, UA
The market is currently up, with the Nasdaq up 1.1%, the S&P 500 rising 1% and the Dow climbing 1%. 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 0.8%, underperforming the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Fossil (Nasdaq:FOSL)$5.18 billion+7.8%
Grainger (NYSE:GWW)$15.04 billion-5.9%
Movado Group (NYSE:MOV)$813.7 million+4.3%
Mattel (Nasdaq:MAT)$12.08 billion+3.7%
G-III Apparel (Nasdaq:GIII)$761.8 million+3.6%
Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM)$4.55 billion+3%
Under Armour (NYSE:UA)$5.85 billion+3%
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After rising 7.8%, Fossil (Nasdaq:FOSL) is currently trading at a share price of $91.75. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 1.2 million shares.

Falling 5.9%, Grainger (NYSE:GWW) is currently at a share price of $203.10. With 892,878 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is two times its average over the past three months.

Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) is currently trading at $33.74 per share, a 4.3% increase. The company's volume is currently 24,629 shares. At this rate, trading activity will likely be down from yesterday when 92,535 shares changed hands.

Mattel (Nasdaq:MAT) is up 3.7% to reach a current price of $36.74 per share. The company's volume is currently 2.8 million shares for the day, 1.5 times its current daily average.

G-III Apparel (Nasdaq:GIII) has increased to a share price of $39.41, a 3.6% rise. So far today, the company's volume is 58,747 shares.

After an increase of 3%, Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) has reached a current price of $47.65. At 849,678 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.6 times the average volume over the last three months.

Increasing 3%, Under Armour (NYSE:UA) is trading at $57.66 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 573,541 shares.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. 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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