Financial Stocks on the Rise: BSBR, MS, AFL, LNC, WDR

Through early trading on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, these stocks are helping the Financial (NYSE:XLF) 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.

Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. (NYSE:BSBR) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $8.28, which is 41 cents (+5.2%) above the previous close of $7.87. Banco Santander Brasil is a multiple service bank, conducting commercial banking, foreign exchange, investment, credit and financing, mortgage loan, leasing portfolio, insurance, pension plan, capitalization, leasing, asset management, securities, and insurance brokerage operations.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to September 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.84 (-32.8%) from $11.71 to $7.87. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 20, 2010 and January 3, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 9.7% (+$1.19). It saw one of its worst periods between June 30, 2011 and July 14, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 14.1% (-$1.65).

Shares of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) are trading at $15.39, up 78 cents (+5.3%) from the previous close of $14.61. Morgan Stanley provides financial products and services to a group of clients and customers, including corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.62 (-41.2%) from $23.34 to $13.72. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 16, 2010 and December 28, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6.3% (+$1.64). It saw one of its worst periods between October 18, 2010 and October 26, 2010 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 4.8% (-$1.20).

AFLAC Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $34.55, which is $1.97 (+6%) above the previous close of $32.58. Aflac, a general business holding company, provides supplemental health and life insurance through its subsidiaries in the United States and Japan.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to September 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $13.73 (-29.6%) from $46.31 to $32.58. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 29, 2011 and April 6, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 5% (+$2.57). It saw one of its worst periods between May 26, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 9.5% (-$4.68).

Shares of Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) are trading at $17.00, up 99 cents (+6.2%) from the previous close of $16.01. Lincoln National 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 September 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $12.43 (-43.7%) from $28.44 to $16.01. 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).

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc (NYSE:WDR) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $28.28, which is $1.80 (+6.8%) above the previous close of $26.48. Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. is a mutual fund and asset management firm, with expertise in a range of investment styles and across a variety of market environments.

Stock Price Performance: From July 28, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $10.53 (-28.9%) from $36.45 to $25.92. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 27, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 15% (+$5.20). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 15.8% (-$5.07).