Financial Stocks Investors are Dumping Now

Through the early part of trading on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, these stocks are bringing down 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.

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $49.01, which is $1.19 (-2.3%) below the previous close of $50.16. Prudential Financial, Inc. offers a wide range of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, retirement-related services, mutual funds, investment management and real estate services.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $14.61 (-22.6%) from $64.77 to $50.16. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 14, 2010 and December 22, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.4% (+$3.62). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 8.4% (-$5.48).

Shares of Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. (NYSE:HIG) are trading at $18.83, down 49 cents (-2.5%) from the previous close of $19.32. Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. provides investment products and insurance products in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.18 (-34.8%) from $26.37 to $17.19. It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 18.6% (-$3.84). 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 11.1% (+$2.70).

NYSE Euronext (NYSE:NYX) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $27.12, down 82 cents (-2.9%) from the previous close of $27.93. NYSE Euronext, Inc. provides securities listing, trading, market data products, and software and technology services.

Stock Price Performance: From June 3, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.56 (-21.3%) from $35.49 to $27.93. It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 28.1% (-$9.90). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between July 18, 2011 and July 26, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 3.6% (+$1.21).

Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $20.15, which is 89 cents (-4.1%) below the previous close of $21. Lincoln National Corp. offers a range of wealth protection, accumulation and retirement income products and solutions through its multiple insurance and investment management businesses.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.15 (-32.2%) from $28.44 to $19.29. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 8.9% (+$2.39). It saw one of its worst periods between October 21, 2010 and November 1, 2010 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 7.1% (-$1.85).

Shares of Jefferies Group Inc. (NYSE:JEF) are trading at $16.25, down 64 cents (-3.6%) from the previous close of $16.86. Jefferies Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate as independent, full-service global securities and investment banking firm serving companies and their investors.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.75 (-26.9%) from $21.35 to $15.60. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 19, 2011 and April 28, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 5.7% (+$1.31). It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 26, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.8% (-$1.57).