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Tickers in this Article: TG, ATR, AEM, NEM, HUN, NPO, CCC
It's been a bad day for the market after the morning's trading. The Nasdaq has slipped 0.1%; the S&P 500 has decreased 0.1%; and the Dow is trading down 0.3%. 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 Basic Materials sector (XLB) is currently lagging behind the overall market, down 1.1%, and its current biggest movers are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Tredegar (NYSE:TG)$543.4 million+8.9%
AptarGroup (NYSE:ATR)$3.54 billion-6.4%
Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM)$9.67 billion-6.3%
Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM)$26.14 billion-6%
Huntsman (NYSE:HUN)$3.78 billion+4.2%
EnPro Industries (NYSE:NPO)$783.7 million+3.9%
Calgon (NYSE:CCC)$712 million+3.9%
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Tredegar (NYSE:TG) has risen 8.9% and is currently trading at $18.42 per share. At 92,319 shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.9 times the average daily volume.

Currently trading at $49.70 per share, AptarGroup (NYSE:ATR) has fallen 6.4%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 222,441 shares.

Falling 6.3%, Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (NYSE:AEM) is currently at a share price of $52.77. So far today, the company's volume is 1.2 million shares,.

Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) is down 6% to reach $50.02 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 5.6 million shares. This is 1.2 times the average volume over the last three months.

Huntsman (NYSE:HUN) is up 4.2% to reach a current price of $16.19 per share. So far today, the company's volume is six million shares, 1.9 times its current daily average.

After rising 3.9%, EnPro Industries (NYSE:NPO) is currently trading at a share price of $39.33. So far today, the company's volume is 88,309 shares.

Calgon (NYSE:CCC) has moved up 3.9% and is currently trading at $12.99 per share. So far today, 226,698 shares have changed hands, which is likely to result in less activity than yesterday's volume of 580,848 shares.

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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