Goldman Sachs and CME Group Top Stocks in the Financial Sector Being Tossed: GS, MA, CME, HUM, FNFG

Through most of the trading day on Tuesday, October 4, 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.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE:GS) stocks are trading at $87.82. This is $2.50 (-2.5%) below the previous close of $90.08, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. Goldman Sachs is a global investment banking and securities firm that specializes in investment banking, trading and principal investments, asset management and securities services.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $40.05 (-29.8%) from $134.60 to $94.55. It saw one of its worst periods between April 11, 2011 and April 19, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 6% (-$9.56). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 29, 2010 and January 5, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 3.8% (+$6.32).

MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $300.38, which is $10.80 (-3.4%) below the previous close of $310.88. Mastercard is a multinational company whose principal business is to process payments and to provide related services to financial institutions and other customers. Its main services are in support of the credit, debit, prepaid, and related payment programs.

Stock Price Performance: From September 26, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had dropped $17.24 (-5.2%) from $334.40 to $317.16. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 12, 2010 and October 21, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 9.5% (+$21.03). It saw one of its worst periods between February 15, 2011 and February 23, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 4.7% (-$11.97).

CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $241, down $7.95 (-3%) from the previous close of $248.50. CME Group provides risk management and investment services to customers, including professional traders, financial institutions, investors, corporations, manufacturers, and governments.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $50.95 (-17.1%) from $297.35 to $246.40. 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 6.2% (+$17.26). It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 27, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-$16.10).

Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) stocks are trading at $65.69. This is $3.76 (-5%) below the previous close of $69.16, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. Humana is a managed health care company that offers health and supplemental benefit products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.75 (-10.7%) from $81.48 to $72.73. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 6, 2010 and October 18, 2010 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 11.8% (+$5.80). It saw one of its worst periods between December 22, 2010 and December 30, 2010 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 2.3% (-$1.25).

First Niagara Financial Group Inc. (NASDAQ:FNFG) is among the price losers in the sector as its stock price is $8.51, down 38 cents (-4.3%) from the previous close of $8.89. First Niagara Financial Group provides retail and commercial banking as well as other financial services through its wholly-owned, federally chartered savings bank subsidiary, First Niagara Bank.

Stock Price Performance: From July 8, 2011, to October 3, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.40 (-33.1%) from $13.29 to $8.89. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 6, 2010 and December 28, 2010 when shares rose for 16 straight trading days, rising 10.3% (+$1.29). It saw one of its worst periods between March 21, 2011 and March 31, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 4.1% (-56 cents).