Mosaic, CF Industries and Newmont Mining Attracting Major Trading Interest Today

Through the early part of trading on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Basic Materials (NYSE:XLB) sector.

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Shares of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. There are 4.2 million shares trading hands at $42.78, making up a dollar volume of $180.7 million.

Stock Price Performance: During July 26, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had dropped $13.19 (-23.5%) from $56.08 to $42.89. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 26, 2010 and December 7, 2010 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 13% (+$6.27) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 7, 2011 and April 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 11.5% (-$6.53) over that span.

Shares of Newmont Mining Corporation (Holding Company) (NYSE:NEM) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. 3.6 million shares are being traded at $60.06, making up a dollar volume of $214.8 million.

Stock Price Performance: During June 27, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had risen $8.93 (17.1%) from $52.32 to $61.25. 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 days, rising 7.2% (+$3.77) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 7.5% (-$4.21) over that span.

Shares of Mosaic Company, The (NYSE:MOS) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. They have a dollar volume of $95.8 million, with a current price of $66.03 and 1.5 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: During July 26, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had dropped $6.69 (-9.3%) from $72.14 to $65.45. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 20, 2011 and May 31, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 8.3% (+$5.43) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 7.1% (-$5.88) over that span.

Shares of CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) have a dollar volume today of $125.9 million, sitting at a current price of $175.92 with 715,658 shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: During June 27, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had risen $35.36 (24.6%) from $143.59 to $178.95. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 28, 2011 and April 5, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 12.3% (+$15.70) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 6.8% (-$9.73) over that span.

Shares of Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE:AUY) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. There are 5.2 million shares trading hands at $14.88, making up a dollar volume of $77.4 million.

Stock Price Performance: During June 27, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.01 (35.5%) from $11.30 to $15.31. 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 days, rising 12.7% (+$1.42) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between June 21, 2011 and June 27, 2011 when shares fell for five-straight days, falling 2.9% (-34 cents) over that span.

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