The Dow Jones (NYSE:DIA) is lower 95 points at 12,153, the S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) is down 9 points at 1,303 and the Nasdaq (NASDAQ:QQQ) lower 21 points to 2,751 on the 106th trading day of 2011, as these stocks hit our radar:
1) Altria Group (NYSE:MO): Shares are higher .51% to $27.71 per share this morning. Over 9 million shares have traded hands relative to the daily average of 10.72 million shares. Investors are fleeing to safer dividend-paying stocks. Altria pays a 5.4% annual dividend to shareholders. With capital appreciation of the stock and a strong dividend, investors see this heavyweight company as more attractive to bonds right now. Altria recently hit a 52-week high this week at $28.13 per share. Altria Group, Inc. is a holding company. The Company, through subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products, including cigars and pipe tobacco. Altria holds an interest in a brewery company. Competitors to Watch: Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE:LO), Philip Morris International Inc. (NYSE:PM), Reynolds American Inc. (NYSE:RAI), British American Tobacco (AMEX:BTI), and Vector Group Ltd. (NYSE:VGR).
2) Arch Coal Inc. (NYSE:ACI): Shares are lower .33% to $17.34 per share today. Over 13 million shares have traded hands relative to the 4.96 million daily average. The company announced it will sell 48 million shares to the public at $27 per share, in a $1.3 billion public offering. Arch Coal, Inc. mines, processes, and markets low sulfur coal from surface, underground, and auger mines located in the western United States and in the central Appalachian region. The Company markets its coal primarily to electric utilities. Competitors to Watch: CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE:CNX), Massey Energy Co. (NYSE:MEE), Peabody Energy Corp. (NYSE:BTU), BHP Billiton Ltd. (NYSE:BHP), Patriot Coal (NYSE:PCX), James River Coal (NASDAQ:JRCC), International Coal (NYSE:ICO), Alliance Holdings (NASDAQ:AHGP), Walter Energy (NYSE:WLT), Oxford Resource (NYSE:OXF). Here’s how you can play the hot Commodities markets>>
3) iShares Silver Trust (NYSE:SLV): Shares are lower .45% to $35.14 per share today. Over 7.5 million shares have traded hands so far today. Gold appears to have one up on Silver today as the safety valve for fearful investors, following a disappointing unemployment report. iShares Silver Trust is a trust formed to invest in silver. The assets of the trust consist primarily of silver held by the custodian on behalf of the trust. The objective of the trust is for the shares to reflect the price of silver owned by the trust, less the trust’s expenses and liabilities. Competitor to Watch: Gold (NYSE:GLD). Investing in Precious Metals: Are Coin Sales Flying Like An Eagle?>>