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Tickers in this Article: CASC, FDML, PHG, VFC, KNM, PII, HMC
The Nasdaq has climbed 0.3%, the S&P 500 has fallen 0.2% and the Dow has declined 0.2% after the morning's trading. 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) has risen 0.3% so far today and here are its biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Cascade (NYSE:CASC)$616.6 million+17.8%
Federal-Mogul (Nasdaq:FDML)$831.1 million-10%
Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (NYSE:PHG)$22.91 billion+6.6%
VF (NYSE:VFC)$18.33 billion-3.9%
Polaris Industries (NYSE:PII)$6.03 billion-2.4%
Honda Motor Co., Ltd (NYSE:HMC)$57.46 billion+2.3%
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Cascade (NYSE:CASC) has soared 17.8% to reach a current price of $64.89 per share. With 818,569 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 24.7 times the average volume over the last three months.

After a precipitous drop of 10%, Federal-Mogul (Nasdaq:FDML) is now trading at a share price of $7.56. The company's volume for the day so far is 309,962 shares. This is about the same trading activity as there was yesterday.

Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (NYSE:PHG) has moved up 6.6% and is currently trading at $26.23 per share. The company's volume is currently 916,313 shares for the day, 1.6 times the current daily average.

At $160.19, VF (NYSE:VFC) has slipped 3.9%. So far today, 1.2 million shares have changed hands.

After rising 3.9%, KONAMI CORPORATION (NYSE:KNM) is currently trading at a share price of $23.52. The company's volume is currently 1,256 shares for the day, 0.7 times its current three-month average.

Slipping 2.4%, Polaris Industries (NYSE:PII) is currently trading at $85.91 per share. The company is trading at a volume of 415,259 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 999,653 shares.

Rising 2.3%, Honda Motor Co., Ltd (NYSE:HMC) is currently trading at $32.61 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 347,627 shares, one times the average daily volume.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. 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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