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Tickers in this Article: TXI, KMT, AIT, EXP, VMC, TDG, MLM
The market is currently up, with the Nasdaq up 2.3%, the S&P 500 increasing 1.8% and the Dow moving up 1.9%. The capital goods sector is the category of stocks related to the manufacture or distribution of goods. The sector is diverse, containing companies that manufacture machinery used to create capital goods, electrical equipment, aerospace and defense, engineering and construction projects. It is also referred to as the "industrials sector". Performance in the capital goods sector is sensitive to fluctuations in the business cycle. Because it relies heavily on manufacturing, the sector does well when the economy is booming or expanding. As economic conditions worsen, the demand for capital goods drops off, usually lowering the prices of stocks in the sector.

The Capital Goods sector (XLI) is up 2%, underperforming the market overall. The biggest movers in the sector are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI)$1.43 billion+6%
Kennametal (NYSE:KMT)$3.19 billion+5.7%
Applied Industrial (NYSE:AIT)$1.77 billion+4.7%
Eagle Materials (NYSE:EXP)$2.86 billion+4.4%
Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC)$6.75 billion+4%
TransDigm Group (NYSE:TDG)$7.05 billion+3.4%
Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM)$4.33 billion+3.3%
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Texas Industries (NYSE:TXI) has moved up 6% and is currently trading at $54.13 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 239,422 shares.

Kennametal (NYSE:KMT) has increased to a share price of $42.26, a 5.7% rise. The company's volume is currently 365,997 shares for the day, 0.6 times the average daily volume.

After an increase of 4.7%, Applied Industrial (NYSE:AIT) has reached a current price of $43.98. The company's volume is currently 122,432 shares.

Eagle Materials (NYSE:EXP) is up 4.4% to reach a current price of $61.04 per share. With 409,963 shares changing hands so far today, the company's volume is 0.6 times the average volume over the last three months.

After rising 4%, Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) is currently trading at a share price of $54.13. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 272,940 shares.

TransDigm Group (NYSE:TDG) has risen 3.4% and is currently trading at $140.77 per share. The company's volume is currently 227,616 shares for the day, in line with the current daily average.

Rising 3.3%, Martin Marietta Materials (NYSE:MLM) is currently trading at $97.34 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 156,401 shares. This is on pace to reach yesterday's trading volume of 318,436 shares.

The Bottom Line On any given day, a particular stock may see positive or negative change in its share price. 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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