5 Shining Stocks Heading Higher As Dow Jones Falters Post-Labor Day

Through the opening portion of the trading day on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is down 236 points to 11,003, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is down 48 points to 2,432 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is down 24 points to 1,149. Here are some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

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Shares of Pharmasset, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRUS) are trading at $67.32, up $3.12 (+4.9%) from the previous close of $64.20.

Stock Price Performance: From August 5, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had risen $10.96 (20.6%) from $53.24 to $64.20. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 17, 2011 and April 6, 2011 when shares rose for 15 straight trading days, rising 65.1% (+$19.46). It saw one of its worst periods between December 15, 2010 and December 23, 2010 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 7.2% (-$1.72).

Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $82.36, up $3.39 (+4.3%) from the previous close of $78.97. Royal Gold Inc, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of acquiring and managing precious metals royalties. The Company owns royalty interests that are currently in development stage.

Stock Price Performance: From June 9, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had risen $20.58 (35.2%) from $58.39 to $78.97. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 12, 2011 and April 21, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 15% (+$7.84). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.9% (-$3.66).

Temple-Inland Inc. (NYSE:TIN) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $30.91, up $6.28 (+25.5%) from the previous close of $24.63. Temple-Inland, Inc. operations its business through two segments: corrugated packaging and building products. It manufactures containerboard (linerboard and corrugating medium) and convert it into a complete line of corrugated packaging.

Stock Price Performance: From July 8, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.19 (-20.1%) from $30.82 to $24.63. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 8, 2011 and February 17, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 8.6% (+$2.01). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 24.8% (-$7).

Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE:HL) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $8.04, up 19 cents (+2.4%) from the previous close of $7.86. Hecla Mining Company is engaged in the discovery, acquisition, development, production and marketing of silver, gold, lead and zinc.

Stock Price Performance: From August 5, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had risen 70 cents (9.8%) from $7.16 to $7.86. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 26, 2010 and December 6, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 25.1% (+$2.21). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 6, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 9.8% (-83 cents).

The stock price is up for AURICO GOLD INC ORDINARY SHARES (AUQ), as shares are trading at $12.72, up 59 cents (+4.8%) from the previous close of $12.14.

Stock Price Performance: From June 9, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.63 (27.7%) from $9.51 to $12.14. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 24, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 22.6% (+$1.86). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 8.9% (-$1.19).

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