5 Basic Materials Stocks Attracting Major Trading Interest: DD, FCX, MON, DOW, NEM

Through most of the trading day on Friday, September 16, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Basic Materials (NYSE:XLB) sector.

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Shares of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) (NYSE:DD) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 6.1 million shares trading hands at $47.02(+55 cents), making up a dollar volume of $287.6 million.

Stock Price Performance: From July 20, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.28 (-13.5%) from $53.76 to $46.48. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 27, 2011 and February 11, 2011 when shares rose for 12 straight trading days, rising 9.4% (+$4.61). It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 4.1% (-$2.27).

Shares of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $325.4 million, based on a current price of $41.63 (-94 cents) and 7.8 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From July 20, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had fallen $13.38 (-23.9%) from $55.92 to $42.54. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 22, 2011 and August 31, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 13.2% (+$5.51). It saw one of its worst periods between April 7, 2011 and April 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 11.5% (-$6.53).

Shares of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 3.1 million shares trading hands at $69.93(-35 cents), making up a dollar volume of $214 million.

Stock Price Performance: From September 9, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.34 (8.2%) from $65.01 to $70.35. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 15, 2010 and December 30, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 15.2% (+$9.09). It saw one of its worst periods between July 28, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 11.4% (-$8.52).

Shares of Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE:DOW) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $199.2 million, based on a current price of $28.17 (+42 cents) and 7.1 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From June 21, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.07 (-22.5%) from $35.82 to $27.75. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 28, 2011 and February 8, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 8.2% (+$2.85). It saw one of its worst periods between March 8, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 8.2% (-$3.10).

Shares of Newmont Mining Corporation (Holding Company) (NYSE:NEM) have a dollar volume of $244.8 million based on a current price of $65.48(+$1.19) and 3.7 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: From June 21, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had risen $11.24 (21.2%) from $53.05 to $64.29. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 13, 2011 and May 31, 2011 when shares rose for 12 straight trading days, rising 7.2% (+$3.76). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 7.5% (-$4.19).

 

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