Investors Bought These 5 Financial Stocks August 30th

At the close of trading, these stocks helped 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.

Aetna, Inc. (NYSE:AET) was among the sector price gainers, as it closed at $39.94, up 78 cents (+2%) from the previous close of $39.16. Aetna Inc. is a health insurance company. It provides its customers, ranging from individuals to employer groups to governmental units, with traditional and consumer-directed health care benefits products and related services, such as medical, pharmaceutical, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.91 (-13.1%) from $45.07 to $39.16. It saw one of its worst periods between November 10, 2010 and November 18, 2010 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.5% (-$1.75). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 30, 2010 and January 12, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 7.9% (+$2.37).

Humana Inc. (NYSE:HUM) was one of the top price gainers. It closed at $76.80, which is $1.91 (+2.6%) above the previous close of $74.89. Humana Inc. is a managed health care company that offers health and supplemental benefit products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.23 (-9.9%) from $83.12 to $74.89. 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% (+$5.82). 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% (-$1.26).

Banco Santander (Brasil) S.A. (NYSE:BSBR) was among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares traded at $9.51, up 33 cents (+3.6%) from the previous close of $9.18. A multiple service bank, conducting commercial banking, foreign exchange, investment, credit and financing, mortgage loan, leasing portfolio, insurance, pension plan, capitalization, leasing, asset management, securities & insurance brokerage operations.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.86 (-24.4%) from $11.71 to $8.85. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 20, 2010 and January 3, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 9.7% (+$1.19). It saw one of its worst periods between June 30, 2011 and July 14, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 14.1% (-$1.65).

Shares of Fidelity National Financial Inc. (NYSE:FNF) closed at $17.01, up 55 cents (+3.3%) from the previous close of $16.46. Fidelity National Financial, Inc. is a holding company which is a provider, through its subsidiaries, of title insurance, specialty insurance, claims management services, and information services.

Stock Price Performance: From June 3, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had risen 95 cents (6.1%) from $15.51 to $16.46. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 10, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-85 cents). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 15, 2011 and June 22, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 3.1% (+47 cents).

CapitalSource, Inc. (NYSE:CSE) was among the sector price gainers, as it closed at $6.29, up 17 cents (+2.8%) from the previous close of $6.12. CapitalSource Inc. is a commercial lender which primarily, through our wholly owned subsidiary, CapitalSource Bank, provides financial products to middle market businesses and provides depository products and services in southern and central California.

Stock Price Performance: From August 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had dropped 39 cents (-6%) from $6.51 to $6.12. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 28, 2010 and November 5, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 13.2% (+75 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between April 6, 2011 and April 14, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 3.8% (-27 cents).