Investors Sell Urban Outfitters and Yamana Gold Among Stocks Today

Through most of the trading day on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is up 227.2 points to 11,366, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is up 61.7 points to 2,535 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is up 27.9 points to 1,193. Here are some of today’s biggest losers by price.

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Shares of Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN) are trading at $25.03, down 73 cents (-2.9%) from the previous close of $25.78. The 10-Q released yesterday after the bell stated comparable store sales fell 3.3% for the six months ending July 31 due to a decrease in transactions, stores saw lower units per transaction and lower average unit sales prices. Urban Outfitters Inc. is engaged in the general consumer product retail and wholesale business, selling to customers through various channels including retail stores, catalogs and web sites.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.52 (-17.6%) from $31.30 to $25.78. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 14, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 12.4% (+$4.18). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 19, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 12.6% (-$3.74).

Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE:AUY) is among the price losers in the market, as its shares are trading at $16.50, which is 42 cents (-2.4%) below the previous close of $16.91. As other sectors are stronger today, investors are fleeing precious metals stocks for other industries today. Yamana Gold Inc. is a gold producer with significant gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties and land positions in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.

Stock Price Performance: From June 10, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.44 (47.4%) from $11.47 to $16.91. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 26, 2010 and December 6, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 12.7% (+$1.42). It saw one of its worst periods between June 21, 2011 and June 27, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 2.9% (-34 cents).

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) is one of the price losers, as its shares are trading at $44.49, down $1.69 (-3.7%) from the previous close of $46.18. Darden Restaurants, Inc operates in the United States full-service dining restaurant industry.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6 (-11.5%) from $52.18 to $46.18. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 27, 2010 and November 5, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6.8% (+$3). It saw one of its worst periods between March 31, 2011 and April 11, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 4.3% (-$2.10).

Shares of Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD) are trading at $78.71, down $2.08 (-2.5%) from the previous close of $80.70. Royal Gold Inc, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of acquiring and managing precious metals royalties. The Company owns royalty interests that are currently in development stage.

Stock Price Performance: From June 10, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $23.09 (40.1%) from $57.61 to $80.70. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 12, 2011 and April 21, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 15% (+$7.84). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.9% (-$3.66).

SPROTT PHYSICAL GOLD TRUST ETV (NYSE:PHYS) is among the market losers in price, as its stock price fell by 47 cents (-2.7%) to $16.11.

Stock Price Performance: From June 10, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.34 (25.3%) from $13.21 to $16.55. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between July 1, 2011 and July 14, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 10.5% (+$1.35). It saw one of its worst periods between April 29, 2011 and May 5, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 9.9% (-$1.37).