U.S. Steel Leads These Stocks Buzzing on Trading Terminals Today

Through the opening portion of the trading day on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is up 185 points to 11,325, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is up 51 points to 2,525 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is up 24 points to 1,189. Here are some of today’s biggest gainers by price.

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United States Steel Corporation (NYSE:X) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $29.23, up $1.84 (+6.7%) from the previous close of $27.39. Brian Yu of Citi upgraded shares this morning from hold to buy citing the stock is a buying opportunity and higher steel prices will benefit the company’s future. United States Steel Corporation is an integrated steel producer of flat-rolled and tubular products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $16.08 (-37%) from $43.47 to $27.39. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 23, 2010 and December 7, 2010 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 13.8% (+$6.39). It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 27.7% (-$11.07).

Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (NYSE:ANR) is one of the top price gainers as its shares are trading at $32.47, up $2.24 (+7.4%) from the previous close of $30.23. Today, Jeffries & Co. analysts suggested owning shares of ANR as a lead performer in the coal sector. Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. is a supplier and exporter of metallurgical coal for use in the steel-making process and a major supplier of thermal coal to electric utilities and manufacturing industries across the country.

Stock Price Performance: From June 10, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $15.46 (-33.8%) from $45.69 to $30.23. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 15, 2011 and March 25, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 14% (+$7.38). It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, falling 44.1% (-$20.78).

The stock price is up for Walter Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WLT), as shares are trading at $95.22, which is $20.23 (+27%) higher than the previous close of $74.99. Anglo American is considering a big for the company’s shares for as much as $120 per share. The company is not commenting on rumors or speculation, but investors like the upside today.

Stock Price Performance: From June 10, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $40.71 (-35.2%) from $115.70 to $74.99. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 18, 2011 and April 5, 2011 when shares rose for 13 straight trading days, rising 21.4% (+$24.72). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 12 straight trading days, falling 46.4% (-$61.01).

Regions Financial Corporation (NYSE:RF) is among the top gainers as its shares are trading at $4.16, up 26 cents (+6.8%) from the previous close of $3.89. Shares are popping nicely following a turnaround from the doom-and-gloom financial talk recently. The company pays a 1% dividend to shareholders. Regions Financial Corp. provides a range of banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers through its subsidiaries.

Stock Price Performance: From July 8, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.02 (-32.8%) from $6.15 to $4.13. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 23, 2010 and December 3, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 16.6% (+86 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between May 17, 2011 and May 24, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.6% (-48 cents).

The stock price is up for NXP Semiconductors (NASDAQ:NXPI), as shares are trading at $17.32, which is $1.42 (+8.9%) higher than the previous close of $15.90. The chip sector is up and shining strong due to the bright outlook issued by Nvidia this morning.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.11 (-36.4%) from $25.01 to $15.90. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 22, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 18.6% (+$4.31). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 20.2% (-$5.37).

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