5 Stocks Investors Are Watching Now

The Dow (NYSE:DIA) is down 634.8 points to 10,809, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is down 174.7 points to 2,357 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is down 79.9 points to 1,119. Here are some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

Transatlantic Holdings Inc. (NYSE:TRH) is among the top gainers today as its shares are trading at $48.45, up $3.28 (+7.1%) from a previous close of $45.24. Transatlantic Holdings Inc. through its operating subsidiaries offers reinsurance capacity for a full range of property and casualty products to insurers and reinsures on a treaty and facultative basis.

Stock Price Performance: During August 1, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had dropped $5.82 (-11.4%) from $51.06 to $45.24. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 7, 2010 and October 18, 2010 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 2.7% (+$1.33) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 5, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 13.3% (-$6.93) over that span.

Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation (NYSE:MRX) is among the top gainers today as its shares are trading at $33.63, up $1.54 (+4.8%) from a previous close of $32.09. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation focuses on helping patients attain a healthy and youthful appearance and self-image through the development and marketing in the U.S. of products for the treatment of dermatological and aesthetic conditions.

Shares of MOTOROLA INC (NYSE:MOT) are trading at $42.21, up 95 cents (+2.3%) from a previous close of $41.26.

Stock Price Performance: During November 4, 2010 to January 3, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.01 (12.5%) from $8.10 to $9.11. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 7, 2010 and December 10, 2010 when shares rose for four-straight days, rising 6.8% (+55 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between October 7, 2010 and October 18, 2010 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 8.1% (-70 cents) over that span.

Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE:AUY) is among the top gainers today as its shares are trading at $13.45, up 23 cents (+1.7%) from a previous close of $13.22. Yamana Gold Inc. is a gold producer with significant gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties and land positions in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.

Stock Price Performance: During May 11, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.41 (11.9%) from $11.81 to $13.22. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 26, 2010 and December 6, 2010 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 12.7% (+$1.42) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between June 21, 2011 and June 27, 2011 when shares fell for five-straight days, falling 2.9% (-34 cents) over that span.

Shares of Allied Nevada Gold Corp (AMEX:ANV) are trading at $35.82, up 46 cents (+1.3%) from a previous close of $35.36.

Stock Price Performance: During June 9, 2011 to August 5, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.74 (11.8%) from $31.62 to $35.36. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 11, 2010 and August 20, 2010 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 20% (+$3.67) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 29, 2011 and May 6, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 20.2% (-$8.71) over that span.

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