AT&T, Home Depot, and McDonald’s Top Services Stocks Attracting Investor Interest

Through the early part of trading on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Services (NYSE:IYC) sector.

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Shares of McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. The stock is down slightly today after trading to 52-week highs. There are 1.2 million shares trading hands at $90.90(+12 cents), making up a dollar volume of $105.8 million.

Stock Price Performance: From June 6, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $10.62 (13.2%) from $80.16 to $90.78. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 28, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 2.4% (+$1.78). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 3.9% (-$3.47).

Shares of Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. Home Depot continues to benefit from the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. (Don’t Miss: “8 Retail Stocks Flying Higher After Hurricane Irene“) They have a dollar volume today of $116.7 million, based on a current price of $33.81 (+24 cents) and 3.5 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.75 (-7.6%) from $36.32 to $33.57. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 7, 2011 and February 18, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 5.1% (+$1.83). It saw one of its worst periods between October 8, 2010 and October 19, 2010 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 4.6% (-$1.44).

Shares of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. The U.S. Justice Department is now suing to block their merger with T-Mobile. There are 19.7 million shares trading hands at $28.63(-$1.14), making up a dollar volume of $562.9 million.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.58 (-5.1%) from $31.20 to $29.62. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 26, 2010 and November 4, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 4% (+$1.08). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 7, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 4% (-$1.23).

Shares of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. Verizon is trading heavily on the AT&T news. They have a dollar volume today of $225.7 million, based on a current price of $36.19 (-11 cents) and 6.2 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From June 6, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.55 (4.5%) from $34.76 to $36.31. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 31, 2011 when shares rose for 12 straight trading days, rising 12.4% (+$4.13). It saw one of its worst periods between July 8, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 2.1% (-77 cents).

Shares of Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ:WYNN) have a dollar volume of $99.7 million based on a current price of $154.41(+40 cents) and 645,514 shares traded. “Casino operators gained today after Nomura said Macau’s casino revenue likely rose a better-than-expected 57 percent in August,” according to Bloomberg.

Stock Price Performance: From August 23, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had risen $8.97 (6.5%) from $138.14 to $147.11. 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 22.7% (+$29.73). It saw one of its worst periods between December 1, 2010 and December 14, 2010 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 4.9% (-$5.15).

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