Bank Shares to Watch With Heavy Volume Today

Through the early part of trading on Thursday, September 1, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Financial (NYSE:XLF) sector.

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Shares of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 7.7 million shares trading hands at $37.37(-22 cents), making up a dollar volume of $287.8 million.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.97 (-9.7%) from $41.03 to $37.06. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 22, 2011 and March 30, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 2.2% (+97 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between May 18, 2011 and May 25, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 4.1% (-$1.80).

Shares of Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $269.8 million, based on a current price of $30.68 (-40 cents) and 8.8 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $11.62 (-27.3%) from $42.56 to $30.94. 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). 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).

Shares of Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) have a dollar volume of $222.9 million based on a current price of $114.01(-$2.40) and two million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $18.91 (-14.1%) from $134.09 to $115.18. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 29, 2010 and January 5, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 3.8% (+$6.32). It saw one of its worst periods between April 11, 2011 and April 19, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 6% (-$9.56).

Shares of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (NYSE:BK) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 10.7 million shares trading hands at $21.00(+34 cents), making up a dollar volume of $223.7 million.

Stock Price Performance: From June 6, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.64 (-21.3%) from $26.46 to $20.82. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 28, 2011 and April 4, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 3.8% (+$1.10). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 9.6% (-$2).

Shares of Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $250 million, based on a current price of $17.59 (-60 cents) and 14.2 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: From August 25, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had risen 84 cents (4.9%) from $17.29 to $18.13. It saw one of its worst periods between May 9, 2011 and May 13, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 2.2% (-39 cents). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 19, 2011 and May 9, 2011 when shares rose for 14 straight trading days, rising 4.1% (+69 cents).