International Paper Leads Stocks Attracting Major Trading Interest This Afternoon

Through most of the trading day on Tuesday, September 6, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is down 141 points to 11,098, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is down 17 points to 2,463 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is down 13 points to 1,160. Here are some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

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International Paper Co. (NYSE:IP) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $26.77, up $1.27 (+5%) from the previous close of $25.49. International Paper Co. is a global paper and packaging company with operations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Russia, Asia and North Africa.

Stock Price Performance: From July 8, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.44 (-14.8%) from $29.93 to $25.49. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 16, 2010 and December 29, 2010 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 6.8% (+$1.70). It saw one of its worst periods between July 28, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 23.9% (-$7.22).

The stock price is up for Pharmasset, Inc. (NASDAQ:VRUS), as shares are trading at $68.14, which is $3.94 (+6.1%) higher than the previous close of $64.20.

Stock Price Performance: From August 5, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had risen $10.96 (20.6%) from $53.24 to $64.20. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 17, 2011 and April 6, 2011 when shares rose for 15 straight trading days, rising 65.1% (+$19.46). It saw one of its worst periods between December 15, 2010 and December 23, 2010 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 7.2% (-$1.72).

Sunoco Inc. (NYSE:SUN) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $37.66, up $1.54 (+4.3%) from the previous close of $36.11. Sunoco, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is a petroleum refiner and marketer and chemicals manufacturer.

Stock Price Performance: From July 8, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.54 (-15.3%) from $42.65 to $36.11. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 20, 2011 and January 28, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 7.1% (+$2.85). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 13 straight trading days, falling 29.9% (-$12.77).

Rock Tenn Co. (NYSE:RKT) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $51.70, up $1.45 (+2.9%) from the previous close of $50.25. Rock-Tenn Company (RockTenn) is a manufacturer of packaging products, recycled paperboard, containerboard, bleached paperboard and merchandising displays. It operates in four segments: Consumer Packaging, Corrugated Packaging, Merchandising Displays etc.

Stock Price Performance: From June 9, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had fallen $19.28 (-27.7%) from $69.53 to $50.25. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between July 18, 2011 and July 22, 2011 when shares rose for five straight trading days, rising 7.8% (+$4.66). It saw one of its worst periods between March 3, 2011 and March 11, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 8.9% (-$6.38).

Temple-Inland Inc. (NYSE:TIN) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $30.80, up $6.17 (+25.1%) from the previous close of $24.63. Temple-Inland, Inc. operations its business through two segments: corrugated packaging and building products. It manufactures containerboard (linerboard and corrugating medium) and convert it into a complete line of corrugated packaging.

Stock Price Performance: From July 8, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.19 (-20.1%) from $30.82 to $24.63. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 8, 2011 and February 17, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 8.6% (+$2.01). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 24.8% (-$7).