5 Stocks Climbing August 30th

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Financial (NYSE:XLF) sector. Long time Wall St. Cheat Sheet readers know to watch stock prices because Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong’ is one of the ‘T’s in our CHEAT SHEET investing framework.

Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. (NYSE:BSBR) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $9.37, up 19 cents (+2%) from the previous close of $9.18. A multiple service bank, conducting commercial banking, foreign exchange, investment, credit and financing, mortgage loan, leasing portfolio, insurance, pension plan, capitalization, leasing, asset management, securities & insurance brokerage operations.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.86 (-24.4%) from $11.71 to $8.85. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 20, 2010 and January 3, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 9.7% (+$1.19). It saw one of its worst periods between June 30, 2011 and July 14, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 14.1% (-$1.65).

Aetna, Inc. (NYSE:AET) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $39.25, up 10 cents (+0.2%) from the previous close of $39.16. Aetna Inc. is a health insurance company. It provides its customers, ranging from individuals to employer groups to governmental units, with traditional and consumer-directed health care benefits products and related services, such as medical, pharmaceutical, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.91 (-13.1%) from $45.07 to $39.16. It saw one of its worst periods between November 10, 2010 and November 18, 2010 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.5% (-$1.75). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 30, 2010 and January 12, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 7.9% (+$2.37).

Shares of Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) are trading at $75.05, up 16 cents (+0.2%) from the previous close of $74.89. Humana Inc. is a managed health care company that offers health and supplemental benefit products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.23 (-9.9%) from $83.12 to $74.89. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 6, 2010 and October 18, 2010 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 11.8% (+$5.82). It saw one of its worst periods between December 22, 2010 and December 30, 2010 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 2.3% (-$1.26).

Fidelity National Financial Inc. (NYSE:FNF) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $16.64, up 18 cents (+1.1%) from the previous close of $16.46. Fidelity National Financial, Inc. is a holding company which is a provider, through its subsidiaries, of title insurance, specialty insurance, claims management services, and information services.

Stock Price Performance: From June 3, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had risen 95 cents (6.1%) from $15.51 to $16.46. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 10, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-85 cents). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 15, 2011 and June 22, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 3.1% (+47 cents).

Commerce Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:CBSH) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $39.65, which is 12 cents (+0.4%) above the previous close of $39.48. Commerce Bancshares, Inc. is a bank holding company which through its subsidiaries engages in general banking business, providing a range of retail, corporate, investment, trust, and asset management products and services to individuals and businesses.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.06 (-9.3%) from $43.54 to $39.48. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and May 3, 2011 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 5.1% (+$2.07). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.9% (-$2.55).