Master Card and CME Lead Financial Stocks Traders are Buying: MA, CME, FITB, HBAN, EWBC

Through early trading on Monday, October 3, 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.

MasterCard Incorporated (NYSE:MA) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $322.50, up $5.34 (+1.7%) from the previous close of $317.16. Mastercard is a multinational company whose principal business is to process payments and to provide related services to financial institutions and other customers. Its main services are in support of the credit, debit, prepaid, and related payment programs.

Stock Price Performance: From September 26, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had dropped $17.24 (-5.2%) from $334.40 to $317.16. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 12, 2010 and October 21, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 9.5% (+$21.03). It saw one of its worst periods between February 15, 2011 and February 23, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 4.7% (-$11.97).

Shares of CME Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CME) are trading at $249.63, up $3.23 (+1.3%) from the previous close of $246.40. CME Group provides risk management and investment services to customers, including professional traders, financial institutions, investors, corporations, manufacturers, and governments.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $50.95 (-17.1%) from $297.35 to $246.40. 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 6.2% (+$17.26). It saw one of its worst periods between May 19, 2011 and May 27, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-$16.10).

Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $10.28, which is 18 cents (+1.8%) above the previous close of $10.10. Fifth Third Bancorp is a diversified financial services company which conducts its lending, deposit gathering, transaction processing and service advisory activities through its subsidiaries.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.70 (-21.1%) from $12.80 to $10.10. 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 7.8% (+93 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between February 14, 2011 and February 24, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 7.8% (-$1.19).

Shares of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ:HBAN) are trading at $4.90, up 10 cents (+2.1%) from the previous close of $4.80. Huntington Bancshares is a financial holding company that offers various financial services through its subsidiary in several states.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.89 (-28.3%) from $6.69 to $4.80. 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 16.4% (+90 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 10.4% (-78 cents).

East West Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EWBC) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $15.10, which is 13 cents (+1.3%) above the previous close of $14.91. East West Bancorp is a registered bank holding company that offers a full range of banking services to individuals and small to mid-size businesses through its subsidiary bank, East West Bank, and its subsidiaries.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.51 (-27%) from $20.42 to $14.91. 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 8.1% (+$1.37). It saw one of its worst periods between March 8, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 7.8% (-$1.83).