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Tickers in this Article: NAV, ETH, WWW, IRBT, DECK, FNP, SNA
This morning's trading has marked a bad day for the market so far. The Nasdaq is trading down 1.6%; the S&P 500 has slipped 1%; and the Dow has decreased 1.1%. The consumer cyclical sector is a category of stocks that relies heavily on the business cycle and economic conditions. Consumer cyclicals include industries such as automotive, housing, entertainment and retail. The category can be further divided into durable and non-durable sections. Durable cyclicals include physical goods such as hardware or vehicles, while non-durables represent items like movies or hotel services. The performance of consumer cyclicals is highly related to the state of the economy. They represent goods and services that are not considered necessities, but luxurious purchases. During contractions or recessions, people have less disposable income to spend on consumer cyclicals. When the economy is expanding or booming, the sales of these goods rise as retail and leisure spending increase.

The Consumer Cyclical sector (XLY) is currently ahead of the overall market, down only 1.3%, and its biggest movers are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Navistar (NYSE:NAV)$1.41 billion-6.1%
Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE:ETH)$809.2 million+4.8%
Wolverine World Wide (NYSE:WWW)$2.16 billion-3.7%
iRobot (Nasdaq:IRBT)$657.7 million-3.5%
Deckers (Nasdaq:DECK)$1.42 billion-3.2%
Liz Claiborne (NYSE:FNP)$1.16 billion+2.8%
Snap-on (NYSE:SNA)$4.48 billion-1.9%
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Navistar (NYSE:NAV) has decreased to $19.29 per share, a 6.1% fall. So far today, the company's volume is 2.2 million shares.

Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE:ETH) is up 4.8% to reach a current price of $29.41 per share. At 592,859 shares, the company's volume so far today is 1.1 times the average volume over the last three months.

At $42.57, Wolverine World Wide (NYSE:WWW) has slipped 3.7%. So far today, the company's volume is 362,999 shares.

Falling 3.5%, iRobot (Nasdaq:IRBT) is currently at a share price of $23. At 68,997 shares, the company's volume so far today is consistent with its current daily average.

Slipping 3.2%, Deckers (Nasdaq:DECK) is currently trading at $37.20 per share. The company's volume is currently 398,425 shares. This is on pace to fall short of yesterday's volume of 1.3 million shares.

Liz Claiborne (NYSE:FNP) is currently trading at $10.54 per share, a 2.8% increase. The company's volume for the day so far is 1.1 million shares, consistent with its average over the last three months.

Currently trading at $75.47 per share, Snap-on (NYSE:SNA) has fallen 1.9%. The company's volume for the day so far is 193,567 shares.

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

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