Most Active Basic Materials Stocks: Freeport McMoran, Newmont Mining and Mosaic Lead

Through early afternoon trading on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Basic Materials (NYSE:XLB) sector.

Shares of Freeport-McMoran Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. They have a dollar volume of $425.1 million, with a current price of $42.34 and 10 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: During July 22, 2011 to August 19, 2011, the stock price had dropped $13.73 (-24.7%) from $55.67 to $41.94. 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) have a dollar volume today of $385.7 million, sitting at a current price of $60.73 with 6.4 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: During June 23, 2011 to August 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.10 (11.3%) from $53.98 to $60.08. 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. There are 3.8 million shares trading hands at $64.77, making up a dollar volume of $245.6 million.

Stock Price Performance: During July 22, 2011 to August 19, 2011, the stock price had dropped $9.81 (-13.5%) from $72.83 to $63.02. 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) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. 2.2 million shares are being traded at $176.57, making up a dollar volume of $387.4 million.

Stock Price Performance: During June 23, 2011 to August 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $22.22 (15.6%) from $142.59 to $164.81. 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 Temple-Inland Inc. (NYSE:TIN) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. They have a dollar volume of $248.7 million, with a current price of $20.46 and 12.2 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: During July 25, 2011 to August 22, 2011, the stock price had dropped $5.86 (-19.1%) from $30.68 to $24.82. 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 days, rising 8.5% (+$2.01) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 8, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 8.9% (-$2.06) over that span.

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