This morning's trading has marked a bad day for the market so far. The Nasdaq has declined 0.2%; the S&P 500 has slipped 0.4%; and the Dow has fallen 0.2%.

The Semiconductors sector (XLK) is currently lagging behind the overall market, down 0.2%, and its current biggest movers are:

Company Market Cap Percentage Change
STMicroelectronics N.V (NYSE:STM) $5 billion +7.1%
Spreadtrum Communications, Inc (Nasdaq:SPRD) $935.2 million +3.8%
Universal (Nasdaq:PANL) $1.62 billion -2.6%
NXP (Nasdaq:NXPI) $5.71 billion -2.4%
InvenSense (NYSE:INVN) $972 million +2.2%
Benchmark Electronics (NYSE:BHE) $864.3 million -2.1%
Mellanox (Nasdaq:MLNX) $4.04 billion -1.9%

Broker Summary: Fidelity Online Brokerage

STMicroelectronics N.V (NYSE:STM) has risen 7.1% to hit a current price of $6.04 per share. At 4.5 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 3.9 times its current three-month average.

After rising 3.8%, Spreadtrum Communications, Inc (Nasdaq:SPRD) is currently trading at a share price of $20.66. The company's volume for the day so far is 223,838 shares.

Slipping 2.6%, Universal (Nasdaq:PANL) is currently trading at $34 per share. The company's volume is currently 107,137 shares for the day, 0.2 times the current daily average.

NXP (Nasdaq:NXPI) is trading at $22.15 per share, down 2.4%. So far today, 929,890 shares have changed hands.

Increasing 2.2%, InvenSense (NYSE:INVN) is trading at $12.15 per share. The company's volume is currently 173,006 shares for the day, 0.3 times the average volume over the last three months.

Benchmark Electronics (NYSE:BHE) is down 2.1% to reach $15.07 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 40,464 shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

Currently trading at $99.70 per share, Mellanox (Nasdaq:MLNX) has fallen 1.9%. The company's volume is currently 267,646 shares for the day, 0.3 times the average daily volume.

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