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Tickers in this Article: THO, APOG, HEI, LPX, LNN, TXI, PLL
The market is currently down, with the Nasdaq decreasing 0.2%, the S&P 500 falling 0.2% and the Dow down 0.3%. The capital goods sector is the category of stocks related to the manufacture or distribution of goods. The sector is diverse, containing companies that manufacture machinery used to create capital goods, electrical equipment, aerospace and defense, engineering and construction projects. It is also referred to as the "industrials sector". Performance in the capital goods sector is sensitive to fluctuations in the business cycle. Because it relies heavily on manufacturing, the sector does well when the economy is booming or expanding. As economic conditions worsen, the demand for capital goods drops off, usually lowering the prices of stocks in the sector.

Despite a bad day for the market overall so far, the Capital Goods sector (XLI) is up 0.1% and its biggest movers are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Thor Industries (NYSE:THO)$2.26 billion-10.3%
Apogee Enterprises (Nasdaq:APOG)$589 million+4.9%
HEICO (NYSE:HEI)$2.1 billion+4.4%
Louisiana-Pacific (NYSE:LPX)$2.46 billion-3.5%
Lindsay (NYSE:LNN)$958.8 million+2.7%
Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI)$1.25 billion+2.3%
Pall (NYSE:PLL)$6.99 billion-2.2%
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Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) is currently trading at $39.09 per share, after a steep drop of 10.3%. At 1.7 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 2.5 times the average daily volume.

Rising 4.9%, Apogee Enterprises (Nasdaq:APOG) is currently trading at $21.77 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 200,311 shares.

HEICO (NYSE:HEI) is at $42.15 per share after an increase of 4.4%. The company's volume is currently 111,407 shares for the day, 1.2 times its current three-month average.

Louisiana-Pacific (NYSE:LPX) has fallen 3.5% and is currently trading at $17 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 1.3 million shares.

Lindsay (NYSE:LNN) is currently trading at $78.67 per share, a 2.7% increase. The company's volume is currently 39,370 shares for the day, consistent with its current daily average.

After an increase of 2.3%, Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI) has reached a current price of $45.54. The company is trading at a volume of 128,603 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 284,321 shares.

Pall (NYSE:PLL) is currently trading at a share price of $59.64, a 2.2% decline. With 515,761 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is one times its average over the past three months.

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. Keep in mind that all these ratios should be compared against historical numbers and industry information in order to get a more complete picture.

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