5 Stocks Dragging Markets This Afternoon

Through most of the trading day on Friday, September 9, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is down 278.9 points to 11,020, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is down 46.2 points to 2,482 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is down 26.2 points to 1,160. Here are some of today’s biggest losers by price.

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Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (NYSE:BBVA) is among the market losers in price, as its stock price fell by 49 cents (-6%) to $7.58. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. is an international financial group, with strengths in the traditional banking businesses of retail banking, asset management, private banking and wholesale banking.

Stock Price Performance: From June 14, 2011, to September 8, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.90 (-26.4%) from $10.97 to $8.07. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 10, 2011 and January 24, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 36.8% (+$3.23). It saw one of its worst periods between December 31, 2010 and January 10, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 10.2% (-$1).

Shares of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:REGN) are trading at $65.33, down $6.49 (-9.5%) from the previous close of $72.19. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is engaged in the research, development, and commercialization of therapeutics to treat human disorders and conditions.

Stock Price Performance: From August 10, 2011, to September 8, 2011, the stock price had risen $25.09 (53.3%) from $47.10 to $72.19. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 23, 2011 and April 5, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 16.9% (+$6.66). It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 15.3% (-$8.10).

Shares of SENSATA TECHNOLOGIES HOLDING NV ORDINARY SHARES (NYSE:ST) are trading at $29.46, down $2.04 (-6.3%) from the previous close of $31.43.

Stock Price Performance: From July 13, 2011, to September 8, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.90 (-15.8%) from $37.33 to $31.43. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 16, 2011 and June 29, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 13.3% (+$4.43). It saw one of its worst periods between March 2, 2011 and March 10, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 2.5% (-84 cents).

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRSN) is one of the price losers, as its shares are trading at $29.16, down $4.77 (-14%) from the previous close of $33.91. VeriSign, Inc. is a provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world.

Stock Price Performance: From August 10, 2011, to September 8, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.81 (20.7%) from $28.10 to $33.91. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 15, 2010 and November 22, 2010 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 4% (+$1.26). It saw one of its worst periods between June 2, 2011 and June 13, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 5.1% (-$1.78).

National Fuel Gas Co. (NYSE:NFG) is among the price losers in the market, as its shares are trading at $58.58, which is $3.98 (-6.6%) below the previous close of $62.75. National Fuel Gas Company is a diversified energy company which operates its business in four segments; Utility, Pipeline and Storage, Exploration and Production and Energy Marketing.

Stock Price Performance: From July 13, 2011, to September 8, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.07 (-11.4%) from $70.82 to $62.75. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 23, 2010 and January 6, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 7.7% (+$4.87). It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, falling 27% (-$19.93).