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Tickers in this Article: DECK, MOV, SCSS, WBC, KORS, TRW, WHR
Currently, the Nasdaq has increased 0.6%, the S&P 500 is up 0.2% and the Dow is unchanged. 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 biggest movers in the Consumer Cyclical sector (XLY) (+0.4%) are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Deckers (Nasdaq:DECK)$1.34 billion+4.9%
Movado Group (NYSE:MOV)$717.4 million+4.4%
Select (Nasdaq:SCSS)$1.37 billion+3.9%
WABCO Holdings (NYSE:WBC)$3.93 billion+2.3%
Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS)$9.82 billion+2.1%
TRW Automotive (NYSE:TRW)$6.35 billion+2%
Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR)$7.71 billion+1.7%
Broker Summary: TD Ameritrade Thinkorswim

Rising 4.9%, Deckers (Nasdaq:DECK) is currently trading at $39.77 per share. The company's volume is currently 925,557 shares. This is about the same trading activity as there was yesterday.

After an increase of 4.4%, Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) has reached a current price of $29.62. The company's volume is currently 69,424 shares for the day, in keeping with its current daily average.

Select (Nasdaq:SCSS) is at $25.45 per share after an increase of 3.9%. The company's volume for the day so far is 224,914 shares.

WABCO Holdings (NYSE:WBC) is currently trading at $63.69 per share, a 2.3% increase. With 731,198 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 2.1 times its average over the past three months.

Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS) has moved up 2.1% and is currently trading at $50.16 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 1.3 million shares. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of 3.2 million shares.

TRW Automotive (NYSE:TRW) has increased to a share price of $53.03, a 2% rise. So far today, the company's volume is 211,644 shares, 0.2 times the average daily volume.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) has risen 1.7% to hit a current price of $100.73 per share. So far today, 329,815 shares have changed hands.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. It is important to weigh current activity against historical performance when making any investment decisions. 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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