Traders are Buying Aetna and These Financial Stocks Now

After positive earnings from Aetna, Inc. (NYSE:AET), 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.

Shares of Aetna, Inc. (NYSE:AET) are trading at $39.95, up $1.51 (+3.9%) from the previous close of $38.44. 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 15, 2011, to September 12, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.92 (-11.3%) from $43.36 to $38.44. 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).

Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ:FITB) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $10.37, which is 44 cents (+4.5%) above the previous close of $9.93. 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 June 16, 2011, to September 12, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.29 (-18.7%) from $12.22 to $9.93. 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% (+94 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% (-$1.20).

Shares of Comerica Inc. (NYSE:CMA) are trading at $23.86, up $1.24 (+5.6%) from the previous close of $22.60. Comerica Incorporated is a financial holding company that operates in business, retail and wealth management.

Stock Price Performance: From June 16, 2011, to September 12, 2011, the stock price had fallen $11.25 (-33.1%) from $33.95 to $22.70. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 28, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 8.7% (+$3.09). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 9.4% (-$3.19).

Huntington Bancshares Incorporated (NASDAQ:HBAN) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $4.83, which is 15 cents (+3.2%) above the previous close of $4.68. Huntington Bancshares Inc. is a financial holding company that offers various financial services through its subsidiary in several states.

Stock Price Performance: From June 16, 2011, to September 12, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.64 (-25.9%) from $6.32 to $4.68. 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).

Shares of Hancock Holding Company (NASDAQ:HBHC) are trading at $29.24, up 85 cents (+3%) from the previous close of $28.39. Hancock Holding Company is a financial holding company operates through wholly-owned subsidiaries, Hancock Bank, Gulfport, Mississippi, Hancock Bank of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Hancock Bank of Florida, Tallahassee, Florida.

Stock Price Performance: From June 16, 2011, to September 12, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.43 (-7.9%) from $30.82 to $28.39. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 30, 2010 and December 10, 2010 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 13.6% (+$4.17). It saw one of its worst periods between March 8, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 7.1% (-$2.34).