4 Stocks Sparking Investor Interest Today

Through the opening portion of the trading day on Thursday, September 8, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is down 33 points to 11,383, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is up down 5 points to 2,543 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is down 4 points to 1,194. Here are some of today’s volume leaders.

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Shares are up for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on today’s volume of 14.3 million, which is 0.2 times its average daily volume. The stock is trading up 59 cents (+2.3%) to $26.59 in an intraday range of $25.95 to $26.61. Microsoft develops, licenses and supports a range of software products and services for a variety of computing devices.

Stock Price Performance: From June 10, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.95 (8.3%) from $23.56 to $25.51. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 4, 2010 and October 13, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6% (+$1.40). It saw one of its worst periods between April 7, 2011 and April 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 4.3% (-$1.11).

Shares are up for Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) on today’s volume of 22.3 million, which is 0.3 times of its average daily volume. The stock is trading up 41 cents (+2.5%) to $16.28 in an intraday range of $15.82 to $16.28. Cisco Systems, Inc. is a multinational corporation engaged in the design, manufacturing and sales of Internet Protocol-based consumer electronics, networking, and other services related to communications and information technology.

Stock Price Performance: From August 8, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.34 (9.6%) from $13.94 to $15.28. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 29, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.7% (+$1.52). It saw one of its worst periods between April 6, 2011 and April 19, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 8.1% (-$1.45).

Shares are down for Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) on volume of 61.8 million, 0.2 times its average daily volume. The stock is trading down 13 cents (-1.6%) to $7.36 in an intraday range of $7.26 to $7.44. Bank of America Corporation is a bank holding and a financial holding company which, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and other financial services and products to customers in the United States and abroad.

Stock Price Performance: From June 10, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.80 (-35.2%) from $10.79 to $6.99. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 15, 2010 and December 22, 2010 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 8.8% (+$1.08). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 19, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 12.4% (-$1.35).

Shares are up for Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) on today’s volume of 16.3 million, which is 0.4 times its average daily volume. The stock is trading up 41 cents (+6.7%) to $6.46 in an intraday range of $6 to $6.48. Micron Technology is a global manufacturer and marketer of Flash memory, image sensors and other semiconductor components.

Stock Price Performance: From June 13, 2011, to September 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.23 (-26.9%) from $8.29 to $6.06. 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 10.3% (+$1.07). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 13, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 18.7% (-$1.91).