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Tickers in this Article: PLL, USG, CBI, MTZ, ESLT, NPK, LEN.B
The Nasdaq has moved up 0.1%, the S&P 500 is down 0.3% and the Dow has declined 0.3% after the morning's trading. 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.

These are the biggest movers in the Capital Goods sector (XLI) (+0.1%):
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Pall (NYSE:PLL)$7.27 billion-4.2%
USG (NYSE:USG)$2.88 billion+3.4%
Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (NYSE:CBI)$3.7 billion+2.9%
MasTec (NYSE:MTZ)$1.76 billion+2.8%
Elbit Systems Ltd (Nasdaq:ESLT)$1.49 billion-2.6%
National Presto Industries (NYSE:NPK)$516 million+2.4%
Lennar (NYSE:LEN.B)$902.2 million+1.9%
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Pall (NYSE:PLL) is down 4.2% to reach $61.26 per share. At 501,420 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.7 times its average over the past three months.

USG (NYSE:USG) is currently trading at $27.72 per share, a 3.4% increase. The company is currently trading a volume of 389,769 shares.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (NYSE:CBI) has increased to a share price of $39.31, a 2.9% rise. The company's volume is currently 242,039 shares for the day, 0.2 times the average daily volume.

After an increase of 2.8%, MasTec (NYSE:MTZ) has reached a current price of $23.83. The company is trading at a volume of 346,454 shares. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

After a decline of 2.6%, Elbit Systems Ltd (Nasdaq:ESLT) has hit a share price of $34.57. The company's volume is currently 1,480 shares for the day, consistent with its average over the last three months.

National Presto Industries (NYSE:NPK) is currently trading at $76.74 per share, a 2.4% increase. So far today, 8,395 shares have changed hands.

Lennar (NYSE:LEN.B) is at $29.37 per share after an increase of 1.9%. The company's volume is currently 41,498 shares for the day, 0.7 times its current daily average.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. 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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