5 Stocks Attracting Major Trading Interest This Afternoon as Dow Jones Gains 2.05%

Through most of the trading day on Monday, August 29, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is up 215.4 points to 11,499, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is up 70.5 points to 2,550 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is up 28 points to 1,204. Here are some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

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Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE:HIG) is one of the top price gainers as its shares are trading at $19.25, up $2.06 (+12%) from the previous close of $17.19. Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. provides investment products and insurance products in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.18 (-34.8%) from $26.37 to $17.19. It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 18.6% (-$3.84). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 11.1% (+$2.70).

The stock price is up for Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC), as shares are trading at $41.51, up $4.00 (+10.7%) from the previous close of $37.51.

Shares of HOMEAWAY INC (AWAY) are trading at $40.74, up $3.48 (+9.3%) from the previous close of $37.26.

Stock Price Performance: From August 22, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.24 (9.5%) from $34.02 to $37.26. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 22, 2011 and August 26, 2011 when shares rose for five straight trading days, rising 9.5% (+$3.24). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 26.2% (-$11.26).

Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $8.72, up 67 cents (+8.3%) from the previous close of $8.05. Masco Corporation manufactures and installs building and home improvement products including faucets, cabinets, architectural coatings and windows.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.76 (-41.7%) from $13.81 to $8.05. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 1, 2011 and March 9, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 7.1% (+92 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 10, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 17.3% (-$2.46).

JDS Uniphase Corporation (NASDAQ:JDSU) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $12.27, up $1.08 (+9.6%) from the previous close of $11.19. JDS Uniphase Corporation provides communications test and measurement solutions and optical products for cable operators, telecommunications service providers and network equipment manufacturers.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.93 (-41.5%) from $19.12 to $11.19. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 25, 2011 and February 4, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 41% (+$6.62). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 16.9% (-$2.53).