5 Basic Materials Stocks That Traded with Heavy Volume on Monday, August 29, 2011

After the close of trading on Monday, August 29, 2011, these stocks were 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. They have a dollar volume today of $463.5 million, based on a current price of $45.81 (+$1.28) and 10.1 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From July 29, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had dropped $8.43 (-15.9%) from $52.96 to $44.53. 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 trading days, rising 13% (+$6.27). It saw one of its worst periods between April 7, 2011 and April 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 11.5% (-$6.53).

Shares of Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) have a dollar volume of $751.8 million based on a current price of $69.78(–90 cents) and 10.8 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: From August 22, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.40 (8.3%) from $65.28 to $70.68. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 15, 2010 and December 30, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 15.2% (+$9.09). It saw one of its worst periods between September 14, 2010 and September 23, 2010 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 7.4% (-$4.19).

Shares of Mosaic Company, The (NYSE:MOS) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $505.5 million, based on a current price of $72.64 (+$3.26) and seven million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From August 22, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.59 (10.5%) from $62.79 to $69.38. 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 trading days, rising 8.3% (+$5.43). It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 7.1% (-$5.88).

Shares of Newmont Mining Corporation (Holding Company) (NYSE:NEM) have a dollar volume of $302.1 million based on a current price of $62.15(–2 cents) and 4.9 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had risen $8.20 (15.2%) from $53.97 to $62.17. 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 trading days, rising 7.2% (+$3.77). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 7.5% (-$4.21).

Shares of CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $469.9 million, based on a current price of $188.60 (+$8.25) and 2.5 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had risen $39.06 (27.6%) from $141.29 to $180.35. 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 trading days, rising 12.3% (+$15.70). It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.8% (-$9.73).

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