Currently trading at $11.96 per share, Higher One Holdings (NYSE:ONE) has fallen 7.2%. The company's volume for the day so far is 482,526 shares. Yesterday's volume was only 190,961 shares. Volume indicates the level of interest that investors have in a company at its current price.
JC Penney (NYSE:JCP) is at $25.66 per share after an increase of 6.3%. The company's volume is currently 5.5 million shares for the day, 0.9 times the average daily volume. A stock's volume conveys how excited investors are about it.
Rising 5.2%, DISH Network (Nasdaq:DISH) is currently trading at $33.95 per share. This morning, the company is trading a volume of two million shares. If a stock is trading on low volume, then there is not much interest in the stock. On the other hand, if a stock is trading on high volume, then there is a lot of interest in the stock.
eLong, Inc (Nasdaq:LONG) is trading at $15.95 per share, down 5.2%. The company's volume for the day so far is 39,719 shares, five times its current three-month average. If a stock price moves on high volume, this means that the change is a significant one.
ITT Educational Services (NYSE:ESI) has risen 4.7% to hit a current price of $31.86 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 124,290 shares. Volume is used to evaluate how meaningful the price movement of a stock is.
MetroPCS Communications (NYSE:PCS) is currently trading at a share price of $11.48, a 4.7% decline. The company's volume is currently 25.1 million shares for the day, 0.8 times the current daily average. The trading volume for a stock indicates the level of investor interest.
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE:IRM) has increased to a share price of $35.74, a 4% rise. The company is currently trading a volume of 1.8 million shares. Volume is also used as a secondary indicator to help confirm what the price movement is suggesting.
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. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.