KeyCorp Shares Lead Financial Sector Stocks Upward Wednesday

Through most of the trading day, 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.

Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:PFG) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $24.12, up $1.49 (+6.6%) from the previous close of $22.64. Principal Financial Group Inc. promotes investment, saving, and insurance products and services in the U.S. and some international markets.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.23 (-21.6%) from $28.87 to $22.64. 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 10.4% (+$3.18). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 27, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 6.3% (-$1.84).

SLM Corporation (NYSE:SLM) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $13.35, up 80 cents (+6.4%) from the previous close of $12.55. SLM Corporation originates, services and collects student loans. It provides funding, delivery and servicing support for education loans in the US.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.60 (-22.3%) from $16.15 to $12.55. It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 28, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 7.7% (-$1.28). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 19, 2010 and October 28, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 8.2% (+89 cents).

KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $6.54, up 43 cents (+7%) from the previous close of $6.11. KeyCorp is a financial holding company that offers its clients retail and commercial banking, commercial leasing, investment management, consumer finance and investment banking products and services.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.86 (-23.3%) from $7.97 to $6.11. 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 6.5% (+51 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 4.4% (-37 cents).

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ:HBAN) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $4.90, up 33 cents (+7.2%) from the previous close of $4.57. Huntington Bancshares Inc. is a financial holding company that offers various financial services through its subsidiary in several states.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.76 (-27.8%) from $6.33 to $4.57. 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 16.5% (+91 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between February 15, 2011 and February 24, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 10.3% (-78 cents).

Jefferies Group Inc. (NYSE:JEF) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $15.47, up 99 cents (+6.8%) from the previous close of $14.48. Jefferies Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate as independent, full-service global securities and investment banking firm serving companies and their investors.

Stock Price Performance: From June 10, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.36 (-30.5%) from $20.84 to $14.48. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 19, 2011 and April 28, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 5.7% (+$1.31). It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 26, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.8% (-$1.57).