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Tickers in this Article: RYL, PHM, TOL, CUB, TXI, LEN, SPW
The Nasdaq has increased 0.5%, the S&P 500 has risen 0.6% and the Dow has moved up 0.5% on a good day for the market so far. The capital goods sector is the category of stocks related to the manufacture or distribution of goods. The sector is diverse, containing companies that manufacture machinery used to create capital goods, electrical equipment, aerospace and defense, engineering and construction projects. It is also referred to as the "industrials sector". Performance in the capital goods sector is sensitive to fluctuations in the business cycle. Because it relies heavily on manufacturing, the sector does well when the economy is booming or expanding. As economic conditions worsen, the demand for capital goods drops off, usually lowering the prices of stocks in the sector.

CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Ryland Group (NYSE:RYL)$1.52 billion+5%
PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM)$6.62 billion+4.6%
Toll Brothers, Inc (NYSE:TOL)$5.19 billion+4%
Cubic (NYSE:CUB)$1.31 billion-3.6%
Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI)$1.33 billion+3.1%
Lennar (NYSE:LEN)$7.12 billion+2.5%
SPX (NYSE:SPW)$3.1 billion+2.2%
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After rising 5%, Ryland Group (NYSE:RYL) is currently trading at a share price of $35.30. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 458,269 shares. This is consistent with the average over the past three months.

PulteGroup (NYSE:PHM) has risen 4.6% and is currently trading at $17.92 per share. At 4.5 million shares, the company's volume so far today is.

Rising 4%, Toll Brothers, Inc (NYSE:TOL) is currently trading at $32.05 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 1.5 million shares.

At $47.08, Cubic (NYSE:CUB) has slipped 3.6%. So far today, the company's volume is 79,147 shares, 1.7 times the average daily volume.

Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI) is at $48.94 per share after an increase of 3.1%. The company's volume for the day so far is 50,497 shares. This is 0.2 times the average volume over the last three months.

Lennar (NYSE:LEN) has risen 2.5% to hit a current price of $38.22 per share. The company's volume is currently 1.3 million shares for the day, consistent with the volume from yesterday while it was 2.9 million shares yesterday.

SPX (NYSE:SPW) is currently trading at $62.31 per share, a 2.2% increase. So far today, 665,552 shares have changed hands.

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. 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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