Financial Stocks Investors are Buying Now

These are stocks helping the Financial (NYSE:IYF) 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.

Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE:COF) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $42.68, which is $1.90 (+4.7%) above the previous close of $40.77.

Stock Price Performance: During May 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $11.47 (-21.9%) from $52.29 to $40.82. 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 days, rising 12.1% (+$5.99) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 8.5% (-$4.64) over that span.

Shares of SLM Corporation (NYSE:SLM) are trading at $13.81, up 16 cents (+0.9%) from a previous close of $13.69.

Stock Price Performance: During July 11, 2011 to August 8, 2011, the stock price had dropped $4.29 (-26.4%) from $16.27 to $11.98. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 28, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 7.7% (-$1.29) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 19, 2010 and October 28, 2010 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 8.1% (+89 cents) over that span.

Fidelity National Financial Inc. (NYSE:FNF) is among the top price gainers in the market today. Its shares are trading at $15.71, up 15 cents (+0.4%) from a previous close of $15.65.

Stock Price Performance: During June 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had risen 60 cents (4%) from $15.05 to $15.65. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 10, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 5.4% (-85 cents) over that span. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 15, 2011 and June 22, 2011 when shares rose for six-straight days, rising 3.1% (+47 cents) over that span.

Annaly Capital Management, Inc. (NYSE:NLY) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $17.90, which is 2 cents (+0.2%) above the previous close of $17.86.

Stock Price Performance: During May 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had risen 81 cents (4.8%) from $17.05 to $17.86. It saw one of its worst periods between May 9, 2011 and May 13, 2011 when shares fell for five-straight days, falling 2.2% (-39 cents) over that span. 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 days, rising 4.1% (+69 cents) over that span.