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Tickers in this Article: SWK, ETH, WHR, IRBT, VRA, KNL, MHK
So far today, the Nasdaq is unchanged, the S&P 500 has risen 0.3% and the Dow remains relatively unchanged. 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 trading up 0.5% overall, and these are the biggest movers in the sector so far:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc (NYSE:SWK)$12.16 billion-5.3%
Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE:ETH)$665 million+4.2%
Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR)$6.58 billion+3.7%
iRobot (Nasdaq:IRBT)$643.4 million+3.4%
Vera Bradley (Nasdaq:VRA)$1.16 billion+2.9%
Knoll (NYSE:KNL)$709 million-2.7%
Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK)$5.56 billion+2.3%
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Stanley Black & Decker, Inc (NYSE:SWK) is down 5.3% to reach $68.46 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 2.2 million shares.

Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE:ETH) is currently trading at $24.04 per share, a 4.2% increase. With 115,480 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.6 times its average over the past three months.

Whirlpool (NYSE:WHR) has risen 3.7% and is currently trading at $87.97 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 815,782 shares.

Increasing 3.4%, iRobot (Nasdaq:IRBT) is trading at $24.12 per share. The company's volume is currently 38,857 shares for the day, 0.2 times the average daily volume.

After an increase of 2.9%, Vera Bradley (Nasdaq:VRA) has reached a current price of $29.39. So far today, 515,776 shares of the company's stock have changed hands. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of one million shares.

Falling 2.7%, Knoll (NYSE:KNL) is currently at a share price of $14.40. The company's volume is currently 104,627 shares for the day, 0.9 times the average volume over the last three months.

Mohawk Industries (NYSE:MHK) is at $82.44 per share after an increase of 2.3%. So far today, the company's volume is 304,476 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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