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Tickers in this Article: IRBT, HY, LF, RGR, BYI, TTM, MHK
The Nasdaq has slipped 0.2%, the S&P 500 has fallen 0.3% and the Dow has declined 0.4%, marking a bad morning for the market. 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.

CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
iRobot (Nasdaq:IRBT)$505.2 million+7.9%
Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (NYSE:HY)$786.1 million+3.8%
LeapFrog Enterprises (NYSE:LF)$526.9 million+3.6%
Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR)$835.2 million+2%
Bally Technologies (NYSE:BYI)$1.87 billion-2%
Tata Motors Limited (NYSE:TTM)$2.65 billion+1.5%
Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK)$6.3 billion-1.5%
Broker Summary: Charles Schwab Online Brokerage

iRobot (Nasdaq:IRBT) has risen 7.9% and is currently trading at $19.63 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 226,276 shares.

Hyster-Yale Materials Handling (NYSE:HY) is currently trading at $48.77 per share, a 3.8% increase. The company's volume is currently 25,037 shares for the day, which is likely to result in less activity than yesterday's volume of 192,181 shares.

Increasing 3.6%, LeapFrog Enterprises (NYSE:LF) is trading at $8.09 per share. This morning, the company's volume is 676,425 shares. This is 0.3 times the current daily average.

After rising 2%, Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) is currently trading at a share price of $44.41. At 178,944 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.1 times the average volume over the last three months.

Slipping 2%, Bally Technologies (NYSE:BYI) is currently trading at $44.57 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 75,759 shares.

Tata Motors Limited (NYSE:TTM) is up 1.5% to reach a current price of $27.88 per share. At 167,077 shares, the company's volume so far today is while it was 884,271 shares yesterday.

Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK) has decreased to $89.87 per share, a 1.5% fall. So far this morning, 324,664 shares have changed hands. This is consistent with its current daily average.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. 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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