5 Stocks Moving Up This Morning on Thursday, August 25, 2011

Through early trading on Thursday, August 25, 2011, these stocks are helping the Financial (NYSE:XLF) sector today. Long time Wall St. Cheat Sheet readers know to watch stock prices because Technicals on the Stock Chart are Strong’ is one of the ‘T’s in our CHEAT SHEET investing framework.

Shares of Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) are trading at $25.01, up 58 cents (+2.4%) from the previous close of $24.43. Wells Fargo & Company provides financial services in mainly wholesale banking, mortgage banking, consumer finance, equipment leasing, agricultural finance and commercial finance.

Stock Price Performance: From July 26, 2011, to August 23, 2011, the stock price had dropped $4.90 (-17%) from $28.84 to $23.94. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 26, 2010 and December 3, 2010 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 9% (+$2.38). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.2% (-$1.78).

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $29.59, which is $1.14 (+4%) above the previous close of $28.45. Citigroup Inc. is a financial services holding company which provides corporations, governments, and consumers with a broad range of financial products and services.

Stock Price Performance: From May 27, 2011, to August 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $13.64 (-33.3%) from $40.96 to $27.32. It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 16.7% (-$5.21). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 8.8% (+$3.47).

Shares of US Bancorp (NYSE:USB) are trading at $22.87, up 50 cents (+2.8%) from the previous close of $22.24. U.S. Bancorp is a financial holding company that provides financial services through its subsidiaries, including lending and depository services, cash management, foreign exchange and trust and investment management services.

Stock Price Performance: From July 27, 2011, to August 24, 2011, the stock price had dropped $3.98 (-15.2%) from $26.22 to $22.24. 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 9.5% (+$2.26). It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 6.7% (-$1.82).

Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. (NYSE:BSBR) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $8.79, up 10 cents (+1.9%) from the previous close of $8.62. A multiple service bank, conducting commercial banking, foreign exchange, investment, credit and financing, mortgage loan, leasing portfolio, insurance, pension plan, capitalization, leasing, asset management, securities & insurance brokerage operations.

Stock Price Performance: From May 27, 2011, to August 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.26 (-20.6%) from $10.97 to $8.71. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 20, 2010 and January 3, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 9.7% (+$1.19). It saw one of its worst periods between June 30, 2011 and July 14, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 14.1% (-$1.65).

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $17.25, which is 92 cents (+5.6%) above the previous close of $16.33. 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 May 31, 2011, to August 24, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.78 (-32.3%) from $24.11 to $16.33. 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).