5 Stocks Dragging Markets Today

Through the opening portion of the trading day on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is up 21 points to 11,560, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is 12 points to 2,574 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is up 2 points to 1,212. Here are some of today’s biggest losers by price.

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Shares of Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) are trading at $20.15, down 89 cents (-4.1%) from the previous close of $21. Lincoln National Corp. offers a range of wealth protection, accumulation and retirement income products and solutions through its multiple insurance and investment management businesses.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.15 (-32.2%) from $28.44 to $19.29. 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 8.9% (+$2.39). It saw one of its worst periods between October 21, 2010 and November 1, 2010 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 7.1% (-$1.85).

Shares of Micron Technology Inc. (NASDAQ:MU) are trading at $5.94, down 22 cents (-3.3%) from the previous close of $6.14. Micron Technology Inc. is a global manufacturer and marketer of Flash memory, image sensors and other semiconductor components.

Stock Price Performance: From June 3, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.01 (-32.9%) from $9.16 to $6.15. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 28, 2011 and February 8, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 10.3% (+$1.07). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 13, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 18.7% (-$1.91).

Avnet Inc (NYSE:AVT) is among the price losers in the market, as its shares are trading at $26.03, which is $1.14 (-4.2%) below the previous close of $27.17. Avnet, Inc. together with its consolidated subsidiaries is an industrial distributors of electronic components, enterprise computer and storage products and embedded subsystems.

Stock Price Performance: From June 3, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.85 (-17.7%) from $33.02 to $27.17. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 10, 2011 and February 18, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 1.8% (+65 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 12.4% (-$4.08).

Shares of Jefferies Group Inc. (NYSE:JEF) are trading at $16.25, down 64 cents (-3.6%) from the previous close of $16.86. Jefferies Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate as independent, full-service global securities and investment banking firm serving companies and their investors.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.75 (-26.9%) from $21.35 to $15.60. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 19, 2011 and April 28, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 5.7% (+$1.31). It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 26, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.8% (-$1.57).

Shares of APCO OIL AND GAS INTERNATIONAL INC – ORDINARY SHARES (NASDAQ:APAGF) are trading at $77.99, down $2.35 (-2.9%) from the previous close of $80.34.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.79 (-8.8%) from $88.13 to $80.34. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 26, 2010 and December 10, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 34.3% (+$12.83). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 27, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 7.2% (-$6.61).