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Tickers in this Article: CRUS, KLIC, VSH, PMCS, MPWR, SWKS, ATE
Currently, the Nasdaq has moved up 0.4%, the S&P 500 is unchanged and the Dow has been relatively flat.

The Semiconductors sector (XLK) has increased 0.8% overall, and these are the biggest movers in the sector so far:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Cirrus Logic, Inc. (Nasdaq:CRUS)$1.92 billion+23.4%
Kulicke and Soffa Industries Inc. (Nasdaq:KLIC)$727.7 million+12.3%
Vishay Intertechnology (NYSE:VSH)$1.36 billion+11%
PMC-Sierra, Inc. (Nasdaq:PMCS)$1.39 billion-11%
Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:MPWR)$618.6 million+7.8%
Skyworks Solutions Inc (Nasdaq:SWKS)$5.28 billion+7.7%
Advantest Corp. (ADR) (NYSE:ATE)$2.42 billion+6.6%
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Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq:CRUS) has soared 23.4% to reach a current price of $36.81 per share. At 7.6 million shares, the company's volume so far today is 2.7 times the average daily volume. High volume indicates a lot of investor interest while low volume indicates the opposite. Valuation ratios include the price to earnings (P/E) ratio, the price to earnings growth (PEG) ratio, the price to sales (P/S) ratio, the price to book (P/B) ratio, and the dividend yield. When used consistently and uniformly, the price/earnings to growth (PEG) ratio is an essential tool that adds dimension to the price/earnings ratio, allows comparisons across diverse industries and is always on the lookout for value. CRUS' PEG ratio of 1.16 is in line with the industry average. While P/E ratios are important indicators of market value, a high P/E in and of itself is not bad because it may indicate a company whose earnings are growing very rapidly, so many investors look at the PEG ratio in order to get an idea of whether or not a particular P/E ratio is justified by underlying earnings growth.

After a big jump of 12.3%, Kulicke and Soffa Industries (Nasdaq:KLIC) is trading at $11.04 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 3.4 million shares. If a stock price moves on high volume, this means that the change is a significant one. Valuation ratios like the price to earnings (P/E) ratio, the price to earnings growth (PEG) ratio, the price to sales (P/S) ratio, the price to book (P/B) ratio, and the dividend yield are useful in determining how attractive a potential or existing investment is. The price/book value ratio, often expressed simply as "price-to-book", provides investors a way to compare the market value, or what they are paying for each share, to a conservative measure of the value of the firm. The P/B ratio for KLIC is 1.63, indicating that the stock is trading for more than its book value. This implies that investors expect management to create more value from a given set of assets and/or that the market value of the firm's assets is significantly higher than their accounting value. All else being equal, a stock with a low P/B value ratio is more attractive than a stock with a high ratio. SEE: How Buybacks Warps The Price-To-Book Ratio

Vishay (NYSE:VSH) is trading at $9.72 per share, a significant rise of 11%. With 2.3 million shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 1.1 times the current three-month average. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest. Valuation ratios allow the investor to make a quick determination as to a company's investment value. The price/sales ratio measures a company's stock market value by its total revenues or alternatively, a company's price per share by its revenue per share. The P/S ratio for VSH is 0.78, which is relatively low. The lower the P/S ratio, the more reasonably price the stock, all else being equal. It is important to keep in mind when looking at the P/S ratio that just because a company is generating revenues, this does not mean that the company is profitable, and in the long run, profits drive stock prices.

After a precipitous drop of 11%, PMC-Sierra (Nasdaq:PMCS) is now trading at a share price of $5.33. The company's volume for the day so far is 3.7 million shares. Volume is used to evaluate how meaningful the price movement of a stock is. Investment valuation ratios can be very useful in estimating whether a stock price is too high, reasonable or a bargain investment opportunity. The debt ratio is calculated by dividing total liabilities by total assets. PMCS has a low debt ratio of 21.6%. In other words, the company is less sensitive to changes in business or interest rates since less of its cash flow is dedicated to paying off loan expenses. However, one thing to note with this ratio: it isn't a pure measure of a company's debt (or indebtedness), as it also includes operational liabilities, such as accounts payable and taxes payable.

Monolithic Power Systems (Nasdaq:MPWR) is at $19.29 per share after an increase of 7.8%. So far today, the company's volume is 1.2 million shares, 2.9 times the current daily average. When a stock price moves up or down, watching the volume is a good way of identifying how significant that shift is. A wide array of ratios can be used by investors to estimate the attractiveness of a potential or existing investment and get an idea of its valuation. A simple P/E ratio can reveal the stock's real market value and show how the valuation compares to its industry group or a benchmark like the S&P 500 Index. The P/E ratio for MPWR is 43.7, above the industry average of 8.89. A company with a high P/E ratio will eventually have to live up to the high rating by substantially increasing its earnings, or the price will need to drop. From the investor's perspective, a stock with a lower ratio is relatively cheaper than a stock with a higher ratio. SEE: Investment Valuation Ratios: Price/Earnings Ratio

Skyworks Solutions (Nasdaq:SWKS) has increased to a share price of $29.97, a 7.7% rise. The company's volume for the day so far is 3.7 million shares. Volume is used to evaluate how meaningful the price movement of a stock is. It is important for an investor to estimate the value of any potential or existing investment; valuation ratios make this easier. The price/earnings to growth (PEG) ratio divides a company's P/E ratio by its growth rate of earnings-per-share. PEG ratio for SWKS is consistent with the industry average at 1.68. Because of the adjustment for earnings growth rate, the PEG ratio is somewhat more useful than many formulas for comparing companies in different industries.

Advantest Corp (NYSE:ATE) has risen 6.6% and is currently trading at $12.91 per share. The company's volume is currently 12,746 shares for the day, 3.8 times its average over the past three months. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it. Investment valuation ratios provide investors with an estimation, albeit a simplistic one, of the value of a stock. The price/book value ratio is especially important for value investors as it can provide an indication of the true value of a company's assets at a time when its business model may be failing. ATE has a P/B ratio of 1.4 which shows that its share price is higher than its book value. This high share price relative to asset value is likely to indicate that the company has been earning a very high return on its assets. One problem with the P/B value ratio is that it can be difficult to calculate the true book value of a company, so investors should be aware that many measures of book value may provide only a rough estimate, and should be taken with a grain of salt. SEE: Using The Price-To-Book Ratio To Evaluate Companies

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

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