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Tickers in this Article: KNXA, HTZ, DTG, TIF, BBY, FIVE, VAC
The market is on the rise this morning. The Nasdaq is trading up 0.5%; the S&P 500 has increased 0.3%; and the Dow has climbed 0.1%.

Underperforming the market overall, the Services sector (IYC) is up 0.3%, and these are its current biggest movers:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Kenexa (NYSE:KNXA)$888 million+41.4%
Hertz (NYSE:HTZ)$5.53 billion+11%
Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group (NYSE:DTG)$2.26 billion+7.4%
Tiffany (NYSE:TIF)$7.41 billion+6.9%
Best (NYSE:BBY)$5.88 billion+6.5%
Five Below (Nasdaq:FIVE)$1.67 billion+4.2%
Marriott Vacations (NYSE:VAC)$1.06 billion+3.6%
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After a big jump of 41.4%, Kenexa (NYSE:KNXA) is trading at $45.81 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 6.8 million shares, 26.6 times its current three-month average. Volume is also used as a secondary indicator to help confirm what the price movement is suggesting. While investment valuation ratios are useful tools in estimating the attractiveness of an investment, remember that it is important to look at a company's historical performance and compare the company ratios with its competitors and industry overall. The capitalization ratio is calculated by dividing long-term debt by the sum of long-term debt and shareholders' equity. KNXA's capitalization ratio is 8.9%, which is relatively low. Investors generally consider a company with low debt and high equity levels is a good quality investment. This ratio is considered to be one of the more meaningful of the "debt" ratios - it delivers the key insight into the use of leverage by a company.

Hertz (NYSE:HTZ) is trading at $14.60 per share, a significant rise of 11%. So far today, 20.9 million shares have changed hands. In technical analysis, trading volume is used to determine the strength of a market indicator. 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. The debt-equity (D/E) ratio is a measurement of how much suppliers, lenders, creditors and obligors have committed to the company versus what the shareholders have committed. HTZ's D/E ratio of 550% is on the high side. Generally, a high D/E ratio means that the company may have difficulty generating enough cash to pay off its debts. The D/E ratio is not a pure measurement of a company's debt because it includes operational liabilities in total liabilities.

Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group (NYSE:DTG) has risen 7.4% and is currently trading at $86.99 per share. The company's volume is currently 6.8 million shares for the day, 7.8 times its 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. Investment valuation ratios can be very useful in estimating whether a stock price is too high, reasonable or a bargain investment opportunity. 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. DTG has a P/B ratio of 3.55 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: How Buybacks Warps The Price-To-Book Ratio

Tiffany (NYSE:TIF) is at $62.54 per share after an increase of 6.9%. So far today, the company's volume is 5.4 million shares. Yesterday's volume was only 2.9 million shares. As a stock moves up or down, it is important to pay attention to the trading volume. This indicates the level of interest: the higher the volume, the more the interest. Investment valuation ratios can be very useful in determining the value of a stock, but it is very important to keep in mind that while some financial ratios have general rules (or a broad application), in most instances it is a prudent practice to look at a company's historical performance and use peer company/industry comparisons to put any given company's ratio in perspective. Dividend yield is a way to measure how much cash flow you are getting for each dollar invested in an equity position - in other words, how much "bang for your buck" you are getting from dividends. TIF's dividend yield is 2.2%. Just as with the yield on a bond or certificate of deposit, the higher the dividend yield, the higher the return to the investor. SEE: Guide To Stock-Picking Strategies: Income Investing

Best (NYSE:BBY) has risen 6.5% to hit a current price of $18.43 per share. The company's volume is currently 8.5 million shares for the day, 0.7 times the average volume over the last three months. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest. 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. The debt ratio gives users a quick measure of the amount of debt that the company has on its balance sheets compared to its assets. BBY has a debt ratio of 74.1%, which is on the high side. This might mean that the company now has low borrowing capacity, which reduces it's financial flexibility. 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.

After an increase of 4.2%, Five Below (Nasdaq:FIVE) has reached a current price of $32.20. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 154,226 shares. Price change alone is not enough to know how a stock is doing. Volume is an important secondary indicator used to confirm trends suggested by price movement. A company's investment value can be estimated using valuation ratios such as 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. The capitalization ratio measures the debt component of the capital structure, or capitalization of a company (i.e., the sum of long-term debt liabilities and shareholder equity) to support operations and growth. FIVE's capitalization ratio of 142.5% is relatively high. The company may have trouble meeting operating and debt liabilities on time and surviving adverse economic conditions. Prudent use of leverage (debt) increases the financial resources available to a company for growth and expansion.

After rising 3.6%, Marriott Vacations (NYSE:VAC) is currently trading at a share price of $31.94. At 140,130 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.8 times the current daily average. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it. It is important for an investor to estimate the value of any potential or existing investment; valuation ratios make this easier. The debt-equity (D/E) ratio is a leverage ratio. The D/E ratio for VAC is 62%. This easy-to-calculate ratio provides a general indication of a company's equity-liability relationship and is helpful to investors looking for a quick take on a company's leverage.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. 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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