5 Stocks Leading Markets Higher This Afternoon

Through early afternoon trading on Thursday, August 11, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is up 402.9 points to 11,122, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is up 101.1 points to 2,482 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is up 47.7 points to 1,168. Here are some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

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News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWSA) is among the top gainers today as its shares are trading at $16.35, up $2.64 (+19.3%) from a previous close of $13.71. News Corp. is a global media company with operations in film, television, cable programming, satellite television, magazines and book publishing.

Stock Price Performance: During May 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.90 (-16.6%) from $17.45 to $14.55. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 22, 2011 and April 4, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 7.8% (+$1.30) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between January 4, 2011 and January 13, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 5.7% (-85 cents) over that span.

Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) is among the top gainers today as its shares are trading at $15.97, up $2.25 (+16.4%) from a previous close of $13.73. Cisco Systems, Inc. is a multinational corporation engaged in the design, manufacturing and sales of Internet Protocol-based consumer electronics, networking, and other services related to communications and information technology.

Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI) is one of the top price gainers today as its shares are trading at $49.23, up $5.78 (+13.3%) from a previous close of $43.45. Valhi Inc.is a holding Company, which through its subsidiaries operates in three segments: Chemicals, Component Products and Waste Management.

Stock Price Performance: During July 12, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $14.79 (-26.2%) from $56.50 to $41.71. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 28, 2011 and April 8, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 20.9% (+$5.07) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between August 1, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 35.7% (-$19.93) over that span.

Shares of CVR Energy, Inc. (NYSE:CVI) are trading at $25.50, up $2.92 (+13%) from a previous close of $22.58.

Stock Price Performance: During May 16, 2011 to August 10, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.98 (21.4%) from $18.60 to $22.58. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 8, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 17% (+$3.87) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between November 4, 2010 and November 12, 2010 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 6.6% (-77 cents) over that span.

The stock price is up for GRAFTECH INTERNATIONAL LTD (NYSE:GTI), as shares are trading at $14.77, which is $1.65 (+12.6%) higher than the previous close of $13.12.

Stock Price Performance: During July 13, 2011 to August 10, 2011, the stock price had dropped $8.14 (-38.3%) from $21.26 to $13.12. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 19, 2011 and April 29, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 15.9% (+$3.19) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 12-straight days, falling 42.8% (-$9.58) over that span.