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Tickers in this Article: SWKS, FSLR, IRF, MPWR, CAVM, PANL, CRUS
The Nasdaq has remained steady, the S&P 500 has slipped 0.2% and the Dow has slipped 0.3% so far today.

On a quiet day for the market overall so far, the Semiconductors sector (XLK) has slipped 0.3% and its biggest movers are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Skyworks Solutions (Nasdaq:SWKS)$4.6 billion-12.3%
First Solar (Nasdaq:FSLR)$2.15 billion-8.2%
International (NYSE:IRF)$1.11 billion-4.5%
Monolithic Power Systems (Nasdaq:MPWR)$700.1 million-4.1%
Cavium (Nasdaq:CAVM)$1.64 billion-3.8%
Universal (Nasdaq:PANL)$1.55 billion-3.7%
Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq:CRUS)$2.33 billion-3.1%
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After a precipitous drop of 12.3%, Skyworks Solutions (Nasdaq:SWKS) is now trading at a share price of $21.13. So far today, the company's volume is 8.1 million shares.

First Solar (Nasdaq:FSLR) has decreased to $22.72 per share, a 8.2% fall. The company's volume is currently 4.6 million shares for the day, one times the current three-month average.

Falling 4.5%, International (NYSE:IRF) is currently at a share price of $15.32. The company is trading at a volume of 364,635 shares. At this rate, trading activity will likely be down from yesterday when 1.2 million shares changed hands.

Slipping 4.1%, Monolithic Power Systems (Nasdaq:MPWR) is currently trading at $19.02 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 303,300 shares, 1.2 times the average daily volume.

Cavium (Nasdaq:CAVM) is currently trading at a share price of $31.72, a 3.8% decline. So far today, 291,566 shares have changed hands.

After a decline of 3.7%, Universal (Nasdaq:PANL) has hit a share price of $32.17. At 305,090 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.6 times its current three-month average.

At $35.02, Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq:CRUS) has slipped 3.1%. So far today, 1.6 million shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is a sign that there will be less trading activity than there was yesterday.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. 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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