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Tickers in this Article: MOV, DECK, PVH, RGR, SWK, RL, VFC
Currently, the Nasdaq has moved little, the S&P 500 has risen 0.1% and the Dow has climbed 0.2%. 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 biggest movers in the Consumer Cyclical sector (XLY) (+0.4%) are:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Movado Group (NYSE:MOV)$785 million+8.1%
Deckers (Nasdaq:DECK)$1.24 billion+6.6%
PVH (NYSE:PVH)$7.87 billion+5%
Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR)$1.05 billion+2.5%
Stanley Black & Decker, Inc (NYSE:SWK)$12.05 billion+2.2%
Polo Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL)$14.54 billion+2.1%
VF (NYSE:VFC)$17.33 billion+2.1%
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Movado Group (NYSE:MOV) is at $34.85 per share after an increase of 8.1%. The company's volume is currently 273,088 shares for the day, two times the average daily volume.

Rising 6.6%, Deckers (Nasdaq:DECK) is currently trading at $38.65 per share. So far today, 2.7 million shares have changed hands.

After rising 5%, PVH (NYSE:PVH) is currently trading at a share price of $114.72. The company's volume is currently one million shares for the day,.

Sturm, Ruger (NYSE:RGR) is up 2.5% to reach a current price of $58.40 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 342,640 shares. This is 0.6 times its current three-month average.

After an increase of 2.2%, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc (NYSE:SWK) has reached a current price of $71.93. The company's volume is currently 603,018 shares for the day, in keeping with its current daily average.

Polo Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL) has risen 2.1% and is currently trading at $162.44 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 315,685 shares.

VF (NYSE:VFC) is at $159.17 per share after an increase of 2.1%. At 186,634 shares, the company's volume so far today is while it was 727,432 shares yesterday.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. 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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