First Solar and Allegheny Technologies Top Stocks Leading Markets Higher 1%: FSLR, ATI, WCRX, GDI, SPN

Through most of the trading day on Thursday, October 6, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is up 88.2 points to 11,028, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is up 31.8 points to 2,492 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is up 11 points to 1,155. Here are some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

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First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $65.20, up $4.33 (+7.1%) from the previous close of $60.87. First Solar designs and manufactures solar electric power modules using a proprietary thin film semiconductor technology. .

Stock Price Performance: From July 12, 2011, to October 5, 2011, the stock price had fallen $63.10 (-50.9%) from $123.97 to $60.87. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 20, 2010 and October 28, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 5.4% (+$7.76). It saw one of its worst periods between March 31, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 10.7% (-$17.19).

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:ATI) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $37.78, up $2.38 (+6.7%) from the previous close of $35.40. Allegheny Technologies is a global producer of specialty metals. Through its innovative technologies, the company offers a wide range of specialty metals solutions and products, which include titanium and titanium alloys, nickel-based and superalloys, etc.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to October 4, 2011, the stock price had fallen $27.76 (-45.9%) from $60.54 to $32.78. 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 10.7% (+$6.99). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 19.7% (-$12.97).

The stock price is up for WARNER CHILCOTT PLC – ORDINARY SHARES (NASDAQ:WCRX), as shares are trading at $14.91, up 99 cents (+7.1%) from the previous close of $13.92.

Stock Price Performance: From July 12, 2011, to October 5, 2011, the stock price had fallen $10.28 (-42.5%) from $24.20 to $13.92. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 29, 2010 and January 12, 2011 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 8.7% (+$1.92). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, falling 21% (-$4.81).

Gardner Denver Inc. (NYSE:GDI) is one of the top price gainers as its shares are trading at $68.75, up $4.33 (+6.7%) from the previous close of $64.42. Gardner Denver designs, manufactures and markets engineered industrial machinery and related parts and services.

Stock Price Performance: From July 12, 2011, to October 5, 2011, the stock price had fallen $19.58 (-23.3%) from $84 to $64.42. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 6, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 11.1% (+$8.75). It saw one of its worst periods between December 21, 2010 and December 31, 2010 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 2.8% (-$1.95).

Superior Energy Services, Inc. (NYSE:SPN) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $27.41, up $1.70 (+6.6%) from the previous close of $25.71. Superior Energy Services is a provider of specialized oilfield services and equipment focusing on serving the production-related and drilling-related needs of oil and gas companies.

Stock Price Performance: From July 12, 2011, to October 5, 2011, the stock price had fallen $12.47 (-32.7%) from $38.18 to $25.71. 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 14.7% (+$5.09). It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 21.3% (-$7.68).