American Express and 4 Stocks Rallying in the Financial Sector: AXP, MET, AMTD, AIZ, AWH

Through early trading on Friday, September 16, 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.

American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $49.63, up 21 cents (+0.5%) from the previous close of $49.36. American Express Company is a global payments, network and travel company, which offers credit card products and travel-related services to consumers and businesses on an international scale.

Stock Price Performance: From August 17, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.50 (7.6%) from $45.86 to $49.36. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 18, 2011 and August 31, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 12.3% (+$5.43). It saw one of its worst periods between September 28, 2010 and October 7, 2010 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 13% (-$5.60).

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $32.68, up 15 cents (+0.5%) from the previous close of $32.52. MetLife, Inc. provides individual insurance, employee benefits and financial services throughout the United States and the regions of Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Stock Price Performance: From June 21, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.10 (-21.9%) from $41.62 to $32.52. 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 8.3% (+$3.39). It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 20.6% (-$8.47).

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:AMTD) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $14.99, up 9 cents (+0.6%) from the previous close of $14.90. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation provides securities brokerage services, including trade execution, clearing services and margin lending, through its broker-dealer subsidiaries.

Stock Price Performance: From July 20, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.52 (-23.3%) from $19.42 to $14.90. 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 6.6% (+$1.22). It saw one of its worst periods between June 2, 2011 and June 13, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 8.9% (-$1.82).

Assurant, Inc. (NYSE:AIZ) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $35.54, up 26 cents (+0.8%) from the previous close of $35.26. Assurant, Inc. provides specialized insurance products and related services in North America and some international markets.

Stock Price Performance: From August 17, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.03 (6.1%) from $33.23 to $35.26. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 30, 2010 and December 9, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7.7% (+$2.69). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 6% (-$2.21).

Allied World Assurance Company Holdings, AG (NYSE:AWH) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $55.56, up $2.09 (+3.9%) from the previous close of $53.47. Allied World Assurance Holdings Ltd, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries provides property and casualty insurance and reinsurance on a worldwide basis through operations in Bermuda, the United States, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Stock Price Performance: From July 20, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.71 (-3.1%) from $55.18 to $53.47. It saw one of its worst periods between June 7, 2011 and June 13, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 7.1% (-$4.18). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 31, 2011 and February 8, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 3.1% (+$1.86).