Cognizant Technology, Sears Holdings and 3 Stocks Topping Market Winners: CTSH, SHLD, SWKS, KKR, NSR

Through the opening portion of the trading day on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is up 107.5 points to 11,523, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is up 38.2 points to 2,621 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is up 16.2 points to 1,211. Here are some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

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Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:CTSH) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $72.03, up $4.55 (+6.7%) from the previous close of $67.48. Cognizant Technology Solutions provides custom IT consulting and technology services as well as outsourcing services for companies in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Stock Price Performance: From September 13, 2011, to October 11, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.52 (8.9%) from $61.96 to $67.48. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 9.1% (+$6.48). It saw one of its worst periods between June 9, 2011 and June 16, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 10.9% (-$8.05).

Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $71.64, up $4.68 (+7%) from the previous close of $66.96. Sears Holdings is a retail conglomerate with full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. It is the holding company of Kmart Holding Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Its three reportable segments are Kmart, Sears Domestic and Sears Canada.

Stock Price Performance: From September 13, 2011, to October 11, 2011, the stock price had risen $11.89 (21.6%) from $55.07 to $66.96. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 15, 2011 when shares rose for five straight trading days, rising 16.2% (+$8.67). It saw one of its worst periods between March 30, 2011 and April 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 6.1% (-$5.07).

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:SWKS) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $21.74, up $1.83 (+9.2%) from the previous close of $19.91. Skyworks Solutions, together with its consolidated subsidiaries, is an innovator of high reliability analog and mixed-signal semiconductors.

Stock Price Performance: From August 15, 2011, to October 11, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.20 (-13.8%) from $23.11 to $19.91. It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 12.8% (-$3.45). 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 7.2% (+$2.18).

KKR & Co. L.P. (NYSE:KKR) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $12.37, up 90 cents (+7.8%) from the previous close of $11.47. KKR & Company offers a broad range of asset management services to its investors and provides capital markets services to its firm, its portfolio companies, and its clients.

Stock Price Performance: From July 18, 2011, to October 11, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.35 (-22.6%) from $14.82 to $11.47. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 3, 2010 and December 15, 2010 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 6.1% (+75 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 1, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 12.3% (-$1.96).

NeuStar, Inc. (NYSE:NSR) is one of the top price gainers as its shares are trading at $30.35, up $2.31 (+8.2%) from the previous close of $28.04. NeuStar provides essential clearinghouse services to the communications industry and enterprise customers.

Stock Price Performance: From September 13, 2011, to October 11, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.60 (14.7%) from $24.44 to $28.04. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 4.9% (+$1.25). It saw one of its worst periods between August 30, 2011 and September 6, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 5.7% (-$1.42).