Yahoo and Netflix Lead Stocks Attracting Major Trading Interest Now: YHOO, NFLX, PPDI, ZION, MDR

Through the opening portion of the trading day on Monday, October 3, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is down 66.9 points to 10,847, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is down 11.8 points to 2,402 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is down 6.1 points to 1,125. Here are some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

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Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $13.76, up 59 cents (+4.5%) from the previous close of $13.17. Yahoo is a digital media company that delivers personalized digital content and experiences across devices worldwide.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.64 (-16.7%) from $15.81 to $13.17. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 9, 2011 and February 17, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 8.2% (+$1.34). It saw one of its worst periods between May 6, 2011 and May 16, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 15.2% (-$2.84).

Shares of Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) are trading at $119.01, up $5.74 (+5.1%) from the previous close of $113.27. Netflix provides subscription service, streaming movies, and TV episodes over the Internet.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $179.15 (-61.3%) from $292.42 to $113.27. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 18, 2011 and March 30, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 13.6% (+$28.55). It saw one of its worst periods between September 12, 2011 and September 21, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 38.8% (-$81.55).

Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (NASDAQ:PPDI) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $32.28, up $6.62 (+25.8%) from the previous close of $25.66. Pharmaceutical Product Development is a global contract research organization which provides drug discovery and development services, post-approval expertise, and compound partnering programs.

Stock Price Performance: From September 1, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had dropped $5.85 (-18.6%) from $31.51 to $25.66. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 7, 2010 and December 16, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7.4% (+$1.84). It saw one of its worst periods between March 9, 2011 and March 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 5.5% (-$1.57).

Zions Bancorporation (NASDAQ:ZION) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $14.64, up 56 cents (+4%) from the previous close of $14.08. Zions Bancorporation provides a full range of banking and related services through its banking and other subsidiaries.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $10.38 (-42.4%) from $24.46 to $14.08. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 17, 2010 and December 28, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 9.8% (+$2.18). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 11.1% (-$2.59).

Shares of MCDERMOTT INTERNATIONAL INC (NYSE:MDR) are trading at $11.19, up 43 cents (+4%) from the previous close of $10.76.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $10.31 (-48.9%) from $21.07 to $10.76. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 26, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 4.3% (+97 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 35.1% (-$7.56).