High Volume Technology Stocks to Watch August 31st

Through the early part of trading on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Technology (NYSE:XLK) sector.

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Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $276 million, based on a current price of $26.61 (+38 cents) and 10.4 million shares being traded. The company is currently paying a 2.5% dividend as investors are buying shares today on value.

Stock Price Performance: From June 6, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.37 (9.9%) from $23.86 to $26.23. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 4, 2010 and October 13, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6% (+$1.40). It saw one of its worst periods between April 7, 2011 and April 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 4.3% (-$1.11).

Shares of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) have a dollar volume of $281.8 million based on a current price of $173.42(+91 cents) and 1.6 million shares traded. IBM announced today it will acquire analytics firm i2. Terms of the deal were not released.

Stock Price Performance: From June 6, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $8.47 (5.2%) from $164.04 to $172.51. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 4, 2010 and October 14, 2010 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 4.6% (+$6.15). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 7, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 3.1% (-$5.22).

Shares of Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. They have a dollar volume today of $161.6 million, based on a current price of $28.50 (+63 cents) and 5.7 million shares being traded. It has been released that Oracle is part of a foreign bribery probe investigation. The break of the news is not stopping investors from buying shares today.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.13 (-15.5%) from $33 to $27.87. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and May 2, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 8.2% (+$2.74). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 9.2% (-$3.00).

Shares of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) have a dollar volume of $178.9 million based on a current price of $20.31(+7 cents) and 8.8 million shares traded. Intel is now paying over a 4% dividend to shareholders. The tech giant continues to hold its share price above $20 per share.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.98 (-8.9%) from $22.22 to $20.24. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 29, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 18% (+$3.47). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 19, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 8.1% (-$1.70).

Shares of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market. There are 10.3 million shares trading hands at $15.83(+20 cents), making up a dollar volume of $162.3 million. After cutting costs and trimming the company’s operations to a leaner machine, the stock is holding up nicely.

Stock Price Performance: From August 23, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had risen 30 cents (1.9%) from $15.44 to $15.74. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 29, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.7% (+$1.52). It saw one of its worst periods between April 6, 2011 and April 19, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 8.1% (-$1.45).