Citigroup, Wells Fargo and 3 Stocks Leading Financial Sector Gainers: WFC, C, AXP, COF, LAZ

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Financial (NYSE:XLF) sector. 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.

Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE:WFC) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $25.01, up 34 cents (+1.4%) from the previous close of $24.67. 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 25, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.15 (-14.4%) from $28.82 to $24.67. 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 among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $27.38, up 45 cents (+1.7%) from the previous close of $26.93. 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 July 25, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $12.97 (-32.5%) from $39.90 to $26.93. 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).

American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $49.81, up 45 cents (+1.1%) from the previous close of $49.27. 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 22, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.67 (10.5%) from $44.60 to $49.27. 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).

Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $42.94, up 52 cents (+1.2%) from the previous close of $42.42. Capital One Financial Corporation is a financial services company which markets a variety of financial products and services through its banking and non-banking subsidiaries.

Stock Price Performance: From June 24, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.03 (-14.2%) from $49.45 to $42.42. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 27, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 12.1% (+$5.99). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 8.5% (-$4.63).

Lazard Ltd. (NYSE:LAZ) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $24.98, up 24 cents (+1%) from the previous close of $24.74. Lazard Ltd, together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial advisory and asset management firm worldwide. The companys Financial Advisory segment offers a range of services regarding mergers and acquisitions and strategic advisory matters etc.

Stock Price Performance: From June 23, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had fallen $11.54 (-31.2%) from $36.93 to $25.39. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 13.6% (-$4.94). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 23, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 7.5% (+$2.92).