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Tickers in this Article: ALX, PNK, ASCA, SHLD, CTAS, YUM, PNRA
The market is having a bad day so far: the Nasdaq has decreased 2%; the S&P 500 is down 1.9%; and the Dow has fallen 1.4%.

The Services sector (IYC) is currently ahead of the overall market, down only 1.3%, and its biggest movers are currently:
CompanyMarket CapPercentage Change
Alexander\'s (NYSE:ALX)$2.34 billion-25.6%
Pinnacle Entertainment (NYSE:PNK)$786.6 million+21.6%
Ameristar Casinos (Nasdaq:ASCA)$724.1 million+19.8%
Sears (Nasdaq:SHLD)$4.71 billion-8.2%
Cintas (Nasdaq:CTAS)$5.34 billion-4.5%
Yum (NYSE:YUM)$30.04 billion-3.9%
Panera (Nasdaq:PNRA)$4.78 billion-3.3%
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Shares of Alexander's (NYSE:ALX) are currently trading at $341.05, a steep decline of 25.6%. So far today, the company's volume is 10,097 shares, 1.9 times its current daily average.

After a big jump of 21.6%, Pinnacle Entertainment (NYSE:PNK) is trading at $16.24 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 3.5 million shares.

Ameristar Casinos (Nasdaq:ASCA) is currently at $26.44 per share after a dramatic increase of 19.8%. At 3.9 million shares, the company's volume so far today is which is more trading activity than there was yesterday.

After a decline of 8.2%, Sears (Nasdaq:SHLD) has hit a share price of $40.60. So far today, the company's volume is 1.2 million shares. This is 0.9 times the average volume over the last three months.

Slipping 4.5%, Cintas (Nasdaq:CTAS) is currently trading at $40.85 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 668,404 shares, 1.2 times the average daily volume.

Yum (NYSE:YUM) has decreased to $63.88 per share, a 3.9% fall. The company's volume for the day so far is 5.8 million shares.

Panera (Nasdaq:PNRA) has fallen 3.3% and is currently trading at $160.70 per share. The company's volume is currently 484,578 shares for the day, whereas yesterday, volume was only 271,392 shares.

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. Tools like valuation ratios and profit margins, however, are only as useful as the context you put them in; remember to take historical data and competitor performance into account.

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