5 Stocks Attracting Big Demand on Wall Street August 30th

At the close of trading on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) finished up 20.7 points to 11,559, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) finished up 14 points to 2,576 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) finished up 2.8 points to 1,212. Here were some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

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Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) was one of the top price gainers as its shares closed at $35.76, up $1.97 (+5.8%) from the previous close of $33.79. Dollar General Corporation is a discount retailer in the United States and operates convenient-sized stores to deliver everyday low prices on products that families use every day.

Stock Price Performance: From August 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.65 (8.5%) from $31.14 to $33.79. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 15, 2010 and November 23, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 15.2% (+$4.40). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.1% (-$1.98).

JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ:JDSU) was among the top gainers as its shares closed at $13.44, up $1.16 (+9.4%) from the previous close of $12.28. JDS Uniphase Corporation provides communications test and measurement solutions and optical products for cable operators, telecommunications service providers and network equipment manufacturers.

The stock price finished up for FREESCALE SEMICONDUCTOR HOLDINGS I LTD COMMON SHARES (NYSE:FSL), as shares closed at $11.72, up 64 cents (+5.8%) from the previous close of $11.08.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.67 (-43.9%) from $19.75 to $11.08. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 17.1% (+$2.89). It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 35.7% (-$5.83).

Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:NUS) was one of the top price gainers as its shares closed at $42.25, up $2.26 (+5.6%) from the previous close of $40. Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.is a global direct selling company, which develops and distributes innovative, premium-quality personal care products and nutritional supplements that are sold under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands.

Stock Price Performance: From June 3, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.09 (8.4%) from $36.91 to $40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 21, 2011 and May 12, 2011 when shares rose for 15 straight trading days, rising 29.6% (+$8.77). It saw one of its worst periods between March 24, 2011 and April 4, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 3.2% (-93 cents).

The stock price finished up for FIRST MAJESTIC SILVER CORP ORDINARY SHARES (CANADA) (NYSE:AG), as shares closed at $24.19, which is $1.34 (+5.9%) higher than the previous close of $22.85.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.75 (26.2%) from $18.10 to $22.85. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 27, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 53.5% (+$3.85). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 16.9% (-$3.58).