5 Stocks in Demand This Afternoon: EBAY, MS, LNC, IACI, CRS

Through most of the trading day on Thursday, September 15, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is up 140 points to 11,386, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is up 27.6 points to 2,600 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is up 15.1 points to 1,203. Here are some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

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eBay Inc. (NASDAQ:EBAY) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $31.71, up $1.57 (+5.2%) from the previous close of $30.14. eBay Inc. is an Internet company that, together with its subsidiaries, provides online marketplaces for the sale of goods and services. It also provides other online commerce platforms, online payment solutions and communication offerings to a diverse community of individuals and businesses.

Stock Price Performance: From July 19, 2011, to September 14, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.62 (-10.7%) from $33.76 to $30.14. 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 7.7% (+$2.33). It saw one of its worst periods between March 8, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 6.1% (-$1.94).

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $16.43, up 95 cents (+6.1%) from the previous close of $15.48. Morgan Stanley provides its financial products and services to a group of clients and customers, including corporations, governments, financial institutions and individuals.

Stock Price Performance: From June 17, 2011, to September 13, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.24 (-31.8%) from $22.78 to $15.54. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 16, 2010 and December 28, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6.3% (+$1.64). It saw one of its worst periods between October 18, 2010 and October 26, 2010 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 4.8% (-$1.20).

Carpenter Technology Corp (NYSE:CRS) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $53.59, up $2.79 (+5.5%) from the previous close of $50.79. Carpenter Technology Corporation is engaged in the manufacturing, fabrication and distribution of specialty metals. It is organized in two reportable business segments: Advanced Metals Operations and Premium Alloys Operations.

Stock Price Performance: From July 19, 2011, to September 14, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.92 (-12%) from $57.71 to $50.79. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 29, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 24% (+$9.89). It saw one of its worst periods between July 5, 2011 and July 14, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 6.3% (-$3.67).

Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) is one of the top price gainers as its shares are trading at $19.47, up $1.19 (+6.5%) from the previous close of $18.28. 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 20, 2011, to September 14, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.77 (-32.4%) from $27.05 to $18.28. 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).

IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $41.95, up $2.18 (+5.5%) from the previous close of $39.77. IAC operates internet businesses in the United States and a number of jurisdictions abroad. Its businesses segments are: Search, Match and ServiceMagic and Media & Other.

Stock Price Performance: From June 20, 2011, to September 14, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.47 (9.6%) from $36.30 to $39.77. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 15, 2010 and October 29, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 10.3% (+$2.61). It saw one of its worst periods between July 5, 2011 and July 12, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 3.6% (-$1.40).