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Tickers in this Article: TPCG, PPO, FBR, UFPI, RGLD, SA, NEM
So far today, the Nasdaq has increased 0.2%, the S&P 500 is trading down 0.1% and the Dow has slipped 0.2%. The basic materials sector is the category of stocks that accounts for companies involved with the discovery, development and processing of raw materials. This sector includes the mining and refining of metals, chemical producers and forestry products. The basic materials sector is sensitive to changes in the business cycle. Because the sector supplies materials for construction, it depends on a strong economy. This sector is also sensitive to supply and demand fluctuations because the price of raw materials, such as gold or other metals, is largely demand driven.

The biggest movers in the Basic Materials sector (XLB) (+0.7%) are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
TPC Group (Nasdaq:TPCG)$753 million-6.7%
Polypore International (NYSE:PPO)$1.91 billion-4.1%
Fibria Celulose S.A (NYSE:FBR)$5.6 billion+3.5%
Universal Forest Products (Nasdaq:UFPI)$745.3 million-3%
Royal Gold (Nasdaq:RGLD)$5.2 billion+2.5%
Seabridge Gold, Inc (NYSE:SA)$673.6 million+2.4%
Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM)$23.15 billion-2.3%
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Slipping 6.7%, TPC Group (Nasdaq:TPCG) is currently trading at $44.79 per share. The company's volume is currently 3.2 million shares for the day, 31.3 times the average daily volume.

Polypore International (NYSE:PPO) has fallen 4.1% and is currently trading at $39.36 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 291,918 shares.

Fibria Celulose S.A (NYSE:FBR) has risen 3.5% and is currently trading at $10.46 per share. So far today, 760,909 shares have changed hands,.

At $36.52, Universal Forest Products (Nasdaq:UFPI) has slipped 3%. The company is currently trading a volume of 15,916 shares. This is 0.3 times its average volume over the past three months.

After rising 2.5%, Royal Gold (Nasdaq:RGLD) is currently trading at a share price of $82.75. At 302,758 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.4 times the average daily volume.

Seabridge Gold, Inc (NYSE:SA) is at $15.48 per share after an increase of 2.4%. The company is currently trading a volume of 60,900 shares.

Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) is trading at $46.02 per share, down 2.3%. At 2.4 million shares, the company's volume so far today is while it was 6.2 million shares yesterday.

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. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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