Technology Stocks Attracting Major Trading Interest as Nasdaq Surges 1.5% Since Noon

Through early afternoon trading on Wednesday, August 24, 2011, these stocks are very active in the Technology (NYSE:XLK) sector.

Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. 26.9 million shares are being traded at $24.73, making up a dollar volume of $664.1 million.

Stock Price Performance: During July 26, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had dropped $3.18 (-11.4%) from $27.90 to $24.72. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 4, 2010 and October 13, 2010 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 6% (+$1.40) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 7, 2011 and April 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 4.3% (-$1.11) over that span.

Shares of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. They have a dollar volume of $539.8 million, with a current price of $164.70 and 3.3 million shares being traded.

Stock Price Performance: During July 26, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had dropped $17.82 (-9.8%) from $182.14 to $164.32. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 4, 2010 and October 14, 2010 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 4.6% (+$6.15) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 7, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 3.1% (-$5.22) over that span.

Shares of Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) have a dollar volume today of $486.7 million, sitting at a current price of $26.32 with 18.5 million shares traded.

Stock Price Performance: During May 27, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.44 (-22.1%) from $33.64 to $26.20. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and May 2, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 8.2% (+$2.74) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 9.2% (-$3.00) over that span.

Shares of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. There are 32.2 million shares trading hands at $19.83, making up a dollar volume of $638.4 million.

Stock Price Performance: During July 26, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had dropped $2.97 (-13.1%) from $22.68 to $19.71. 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 days, rising 18% (+$3.47) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 19, 2011 when shares fell for five-straight days, falling 8.1% (-$1.70) over that span.

Shares of Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) are among the most actively traded stocks in the market today. 31.2 million shares are being traded at $15.30, making up a dollar volume of $476.8 million.

Stock Price Performance: During May 27, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen 96 cents (-5.9%) from $16.40 to $15.44. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 29, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 6.7% (+$1.52) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between April 6, 2011 and April 19, 2011 when shares fell for 10-straight days, falling 8.1% (-$1.45) over that span.