Insurers are Helping Financial Stocks Spike Higher: MET, PRU, HIG, LNC, BBVA

Through early trading on Thursday, September 29, 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.

Shares of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) are trading at $29.26, up $1.07 (+3.8%) from the previous close of $28.19. MetLife provides individual insurance, employee benefits, and financial services throughout the United States and the regions of Latin America, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to September 28, 2011, the stock price had fallen $15.53 (-35.5%) from $43.72 to $28.19. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 16, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 10.6% (+$3.16). It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 20.6% (-$8.47).

Prudential Financial, Inc. (NYSE:PRU) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $46.95, which is $1.76 (+3.9%) above the previous close of $45.19. Prudential Financial 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 September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $17.81 (-27.5%) from $64.77 to $46.96. 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 $16.54, up 72 cents (+4.6%) from the previous close of $15.82. Hartford Financial Services Group provides investment products and insurance products in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $10.34 (-38.4%) from $26.91 to $16.57. 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% (-$3.82). 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% (+$2.69).

Lincoln National Corporation (NYSE:LNC) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $16.18, which is 59 cents (+3.8%) above the previous close of $15.59. 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 July 5, 2011, to September 28, 2011, the stock price had fallen $13.01 (-45.5%) from $28.60 to $15.59. 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).

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A. (NYSE:BBVA) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $8.39, which is 35 cents (+4.3%) above the previous close of $8.04. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. is an international financial group, with strengths in the traditional banking businesses of retail banking, asset management, private banking, and wholesale banking.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.40 (-28.8%) from $11.79 to $8.39. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 10, 2011 and January 24, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 36.7% (+$3.17). It saw one of its worst periods between December 31, 2010 and January 10, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 10.1% (-97 cents).

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