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Tickers in this Article: ETH, SWHC, CTB, TTM, UA, HNI, DNKN
The market is on the rise this morning. The Nasdaq has climbed 0.5%; the S&P 500 is up 0.6%; and the Dow has risen 0.5%. 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.

Outperforming the market overall, the Consumer Cyclical sector (XLY) is up 1% and its biggest movers so far today are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE:ETH)$693.9 million+4.4%
Smith (Nasdaq:SWHC)$604.9 million-4.1%
Cooper Tire & Rubber (NYSE:CTB)$1.51 billion+3.2%
Tata Motors Limited (NYSE:TTM)$2.55 billion+3.2%
Under Armour (NYSE:UA)$5.05 billion-2.9%
HNI (NYSE:HNI)$1.3 billion+2.6%
Dunkin\' Brands Group (Nasdaq:DNKN)$3.34 billion+2.3%
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Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE:ETH) has risen 4.4% to hit a current price of $25.13 per share. The company's volume for the day so far is 227,951 shares, 0.7 times its average over the past three months.

At $8.75, Smith (Nasdaq:SWHC) has slipped 4.1%. The company's volume is currently 6.3 million shares.

Cooper Tire & Rubber (NYSE:CTB) is at $24.85 per share after an increase of 3.2%. The company's volume is currently 179,198 shares for the day, 0.3 times the current daily average.

After rising 3.2%, Tata Motors Limited (NYSE:TTM) is currently trading at a share price of $27.28. So far today, the company's volume is 756,103 shares.

Falling 2.9%, Under Armour (NYSE:UA) is currently at a share price of $46.82. So far today, the company's volume is two million shares, 1.5 times the average volume over the last three months.

Rising 2.6%, HNI (NYSE:HNI) is currently trading at $29.50 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 20,782 shares. At this rate, trading activity will likely be down from yesterday when 68,092 shares changed hands.

Dunkin' Brands Group (Nasdaq:DNKN) has increased to a share price of $32.39, a 2.3% rise. At 209,905 shares, the company's volume so far today is 0.2 times the average daily volume.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Paying close attention to the previous ratios will help you identify key times to adjust your strategy. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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