5 Stocks Attracting Major Trading Interest This Morning August 23rd

Through the opening portion of the trading day on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is up 142.5 points to 10,997, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is up 43.9 points to 2,389 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is up 16.4 points to 1,140. Here are some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

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First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) is among the top gainers today as its shares are trading at $93.91, up $6.21 (+7.1%) from a previous close of $87.70. First Solar, Inc. designs and manufactures solar electric power modules using a proprietary thin film semiconductor technology. .

Stock Price Performance: During July 25, 2011 to August 22, 2011, the stock price had dropped $32.90 (-27.3%) from $120.60 to $87.70. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 20, 2010 and October 28, 2010 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 5.4% (+$7.76) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 31, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 10.7% (-$17.19) over that span.

NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ:NVDA) is one of the top price gainers today as its shares are trading at $13.03, up $1.08 (+9.1%) from a previous close of $11.94. NVIDIA Corporation provides visual computing technologies that generate interactive graphics for computers, mobile devices and gaming consoles.

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ:ANR) is among the top gainers today as its shares are trading at $30.46, up $2.10 (+7.4%) from a previous close of $28.36. Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. is a supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal for use in the steel-making process and a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries across the country.

Stock Price Performance: During May 26, 2011 to August 22, 2011, the stock price had fallen $24.42 (-46.3%) from $52.78 to $28.36. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 15, 2011 and March 25, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 14% (+$7.38) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 11-straight days, falling 44.1% (-$20.78) over that span.

Omnicare Inc. (NYSE:OCR) is among the top gainers today as its shares are trading at $29.34, up $2.44 (+9.1%) from a previous close of $26.90. Omnicare, Inc. is a geriatric pharmaceutical services company, which provides pharmaceuticals and related ancillary pharmacy services to long-term healthcare institutions.

Stock Price Performance: During May 26, 2011 to August 22, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.62 (-14.7%) from $31.52 to $26.90. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 23, 2011 and March 3, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 15.2% (+$3.94) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 18, 2010 and November 26, 2010 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 6.3% (-$1.54) over that span.