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Tickers in this Article: GOV, CBG, COR, JLL, FSRV, BEE, SLG
On a good day for the market, the Nasdaq is trading up 0.1%, the S&P 500 has increased 0.5% and the Dow has climbed 0.2%.

The Real Estate Operations sector (IYR) is up 0.3%, outperforming the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector so far are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Government Properties (NYSE:GOV)$1.12 billion+2.7%
CBRE Group (NYSE:CBG)$6.06 billion+2.7%
CoreSite (NYSE:COR)$578.2 million-2.4%
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL)$3.28 billion+1.8%
FirstService Corporation (Nasdaq:FSRV)$845.9 million+1.8%
Strategic Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:BEE)$1.25 billion-1.5%
SL Green (NYSE:SLG)$7.04 billion+1.3%
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Government Properties (NYSE:GOV) has risen 2.7% to hit a current price of $24.44 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 916,976 shares. This is 2.3 times the average daily volume. If a stock price makes a big move up or down, volume lets us know the significance of that move.

After rising 2.7%, CBRE Group (NYSE:CBG) is currently trading at a share price of $18.94. So far today, the company's volume is 1.7 million shares, consistent with the volume from yesterday which is likely to result in less activity than yesterday's volume of 3.7 million shares. If a stock price moves on high volume, this means that the change is a significant one.

CoreSite (NYSE:COR) has fallen 2.4% and is currently trading at $26.72 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 121,029 shares. Volume is also used as a secondary indicator to help confirm what the price movement is suggesting.

Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) has increased to a share price of $75.87, a 1.8% rise. The company's volume is currently 79,647 shares for the day, 0.3 times its average over the past three months. Volume is an important indicator in technical analysis as it is used to measure the worth of a market move. If the markets have made a strong price move either up or down the perceived strength of that move depends on the volume for that period. The higher the volume during that price move the more significant the move.

FirstService Corporation (Nasdaq:FSRV) has moved up 1.8% and is currently trading at $29.99 per share. This morning, the company's volume is 8,400 shares. This is 0.4 times its current daily average. If a stock is trading on low volume, then there is not much interest in the stock. On the other hand, if a stock is trading on high volume, then there is a lot of interest in the stock.

Currently trading at $6.04 per share, Strategic Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:BEE) has fallen 1.5%. The company's volume is currently 430,389 shares for the day, while it was 1.8 million shares yesterday. When a stock price moves up or down, watching the volume is a good way of identifying how significant that shift is.

Increasing 1.3%, SL Green (NYSE:SLG) is trading at $79.15 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 246,250 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.

The Bottom Line No matter the economic climate, Wall Street will always have stocks that make major moves each week. 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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