5 Stocks That Moved Higher on Monday, August 29, 2011

At the close of trading on Monday, August 29, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) finished up 254.7 points to 11,539, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) finished up 82.3 points to 2,562 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) finished up 33.3 points to 1,210. Here were some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

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Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE:HIG) was among the top gainers as its shares closed at $19.42, up $2.23 (+13%) from the previous close of $17.19. Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. provides investment products and insurance products in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.18 (-34.8%) from $26.37 to $17.19. It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 18.6% (-$3.84). 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 11.1% (+$2.70).

Shares of Dresser-Rand Group Inc. (NYSE:DRC) closed at $42.61, up $5.10 (+13.6%) from the previous close of $37.51.

Shares of HOMEAWAY INC (AWAY) closed at $41.03, up $3.77 (+10.1%) from the previous close of $37.26.

Stock Price Performance: From August 22, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.24 (9.5%) from $34.02 to $37.26. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 22, 2011 and August 26, 2011 when shares rose for five straight trading days, rising 9.5% (+$3.24). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 26.2% (-$11.26).

Masco Corporation (NYSE:MAS) was among the top gainers as its shares closed at $8.85, up 80 cents (+9.9%) from the previous close of $8.05. Masco Corporation manufactures and installs building and home improvement products including faucets, cabinets, architectural coatings and windows.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.76 (-41.7%) from $13.81 to $8.05. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 1, 2011 and March 9, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 7.1% (+92 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 10, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 17.3% (-$2.46).

Shares of SAUER-DANFOSS INC (NYSE:SHS) closed at $42.08, up $4.06 (+10.7%) from the previous close of $38.02.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $12.77 (-25.1%) from $50.79 to $38.02. 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 trading days, rising 26.2% (+$11.66). It saw one of its worst periods between December 21, 2010 and December 31, 2010 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 8.1% (-$2.48).