Stock Analysis Recap: Here’s Some of the Most Heavily Traded Stocks This Week

Institutional investors and traders are heading back to Wall Street after their traditional summer vacations. Here’s your Cheat Sheet to the hottest stocks of the week.

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Monday

1) Northgate Minerals Corporation (AMEX:NXG): Shares of Northgate Minerals Corporation are trading higher today. Northgate Minerals Corporation is a gold and copper mining company. The Company has mines in areas of Canada and Australia.

2) Donaldson Company, Inc. (NYSE:DCI): Shares of Donaldson Company, Inc. are trading higher today. Donaldson Company, Inc. manufactures filtration systems and replacement parts. The Company’s products include filters and emission control products for heavy duty mobile equipment, in-plant air cleaning systems, air intake systems for industrial gas turbines, and specialized filters for computer disk drives, aircraft cabins, and semiconductors. Donaldson operates around the world.

3) Venoco, Inc. (NYSE:VQ): Shares of Venoco, Inc. are trading higher today. Venoco Inc. is an onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration and production company.

4) AuRico Gold Inc (NYSE:AUQ): Shares of AuRico Gold Inc are trading lower today.

5) National Bank of Greece (NYSE:NBG): Shares of National Bank of Greece are trading higher today. National Bank of Greece S.A. offers retail and corporate banking services. The Bank accepts deposits and offers loans, lease financing, mortgages, and investing and insurance services to industrial, commercial, and consumer clients. National Bank of Greece operates domestically and overseas.

6) The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TRV): Shares of The Travelers Companies, Inc. are trading higher today. The Travelers Companies, Inc. provides commercial property casualty insurance and asset management services to businesses, government units, associations and individuals. The Company underwrites homeowners and auto insurance through independent agents.

7) Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS): Shares of Hasbro, Inc. are trading higher today. Hasbro, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets toys, games, interactive software, puzzles, and infant products in the United States and internationally. The Company’s products include a variety of games, including traditional board, card, hand-held electronic, trading card, role-playing and DVD games, as well as electronic learning aids and puzzles as well as dolls and action figures.

8) DSW Inc. (NYSE:DSW): Shares of DSW Inc. are trading higher today. DSW Inc., is a specialty branded footwear retailer operating in the United States. The Company offers a wide selection of brand name and designer dress, casual, and athletic footwear for women and men.

9) Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL): Shares of Apple Inc. are trading higher today. Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers and related personal computing and mobile communication devices along with a variety of related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. The Company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, its retail stores, its direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, and resellers.

10) Gap, Inc. C (NYSE:GPS): Shares of Gap, Inc. C are trading higher today. The Gap, Inc., is an international specialty retailer operating retail and outlet stores. The Company sells casual apparel, accessories and personal care products for men, women, and children. The Gap operates stores in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Ireland, and Japan.

Wednesday

1)      Shares are up for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) on today’s volume of 15.2 million, which is 0.2 times its average daily volume. The stock is trading up 25 cents (+1%) to $26.09 in an intraday range of $25.70 to $26.12. Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses and supports a range of software products and services for a variety of computing devices.

Stock Price Performance: From July 29, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.98 (-7.3%) from $27.23 to $25.25. 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 trading days, rising 6% (+$1.40). It saw one of its worst periods between April 7, 2011 and April 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 4.3% (-$1.11).

2)      Shares of Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) are down on volume of 121.6 million today or 0.5 times its average daily volume. The stock is trading down 23 cents (-2.4%) to $8.19 in an intraday range of $8.05 to $8.39. Bank of America Corporation is a bank holding and a financial holding company which, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and other financial services and products to customers in the United States and abroad.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.53 (-31.3%) from $11.29 to $7.76. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 15, 2010 and December 22, 2010 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 8.9% (+$1.09). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 19, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 12.4% (-$1.35).

3)      Shares are falling for Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) on volume of 12.3 million, which is 0.2 times its average daily volume. The stock is trading down 18 cents (-1.4%) to $10.77 in an intraday range of $10.64 to $10.91. Ford Motor Co. is an automaker that sells its cars and trucks throughout the world.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.78 (-26.7%) from $14.18 to $10.40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 30, 2010 and January 10, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 9.7% (+$1.62). It saw one of its worst periods between April 26, 2011 and May 5, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 3.7% (-58 cents).

4)      Shares are up for Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) on today’s volume of 23.7 million, which is 0.4 times of its average daily volume. The stock is trading up 9 cents (+2.6%) to $3.55 in an intraday range of $3.42 to $3.62. Sprint Nextel Corp. offers a range of wireless and wireline communications products and services.

Stock Price Performance: From June 3, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.21 (-39%) from $5.67 to $3.46. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 17, 2011 and May 26, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 15.7% (+80 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 19, 2011 and July 25, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 2.1% (-11 cents).

5)      Shares are down for SELECT SECTOR SPDR TRUST SHARES OF BENEFICIAL INTEREST – FINANCIAL SECTOR (NYSE:XLF) on volume of 31.5 million, 0.3 times its average daily volume. The stock is trading down 18 cents (-1.3%) to $13.13 in an intraday range of $13.02 to $13.27.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.58 (-16.8%) from $15.35 to $12.77. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 5.9% (+87 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 27, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 3.5% (-53 cents).

1)      Shares of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) are up on volume of 30.9 million today or 0.5 times its average daily volume. The stock is trading up 39 cents (+1.5%) to $26.23 in an intraday range of $25.70 to $26.28. Microsoft develops, licenses and supports a range of software products and services for a variety of computing devices.

Stock Price Performance: From July 29, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.98 (-7.3%) from $27.23 to $25.25. 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 trading days, rising 6% (+$1.40). It saw one of its worst periods between April 7, 2011 and April 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 4.3% (-$1.11).

2)      Shares are down for Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) on volume of 198.8 million, 0.8 times its average daily volume. The stock is trading down 24 cents (-2.9%) to $8.14 in an intraday range of $8.05 to $8.39. Bank of America Corporation is a bank holding and a financial holding company which, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and other financial services and products to customers in the United States and abroad.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.53 (-31.3%) from $11.29 to $7.76. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 15, 2010 and December 22, 2010 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 8.9% (+$1.09). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 19, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 12.4% (-$1.35).

3)      Shares are falling for Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) on volume of 29.3 million, which is 0.4 times its average daily volume. The stock is trading down 12 cents (-1.5%) to $10.77 in an intraday range of $10.64 to $10.96. Ford Motor Co. is an automaker that sells its cars and trucks throughout the world.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.78 (-26.7%) from $14.18 to $10.40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 30, 2010 and January 10, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 9.7% (+$1.62). It saw one of its worst periods between April 26, 2011 and May 5, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 3.7% (-58 cents).

4)      Shares are up for Sprint Nextel Corporation (NYSE:S) on today’s volume of 45.1 million, which is 0.7 times its average daily volume. The stock is trading up 12 cents (+3.5%) to $3.58 in an intraday range of $3.42 to $3.62. Sprint Nextel Corp. offers a range of wireless and wireline communications products and services.

Stock Price Performance: From June 3, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.21 (-39%) from $5.67 to $3.46. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 17, 2011 and May 26, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 15.7% (+80 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 19, 2011 and July 25, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 2.1% (-11 cents).

Friday

Through the opening portion of the trading day on Friday, September 2, 2011, the Dow (NYSE:DIA) is down 164 points to 11,329, the NASDAQ (NASDAQ:QQQ) is down 40 points to 2,505 and the S&P500 (NYSE:SPY) is down 19.99 points to 1,184. Here are some of today’s biggest losers by price.

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1)      Shares of Bank of America Corporation (NYSE:BAC) are trading at $7.39, down 52 cents (-6.6%) from the previous close of $7.91. The Federal Housing Finance Agency is filing lawsuits against the big banks over the bundling of subprime loans into bonds. Bank of America Corporation is a bank holding and a financial holding company which, through its subsidiaries, provides banking and other financial services and products to customers in the United States and abroad.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 1, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3 (-27.5%) from $10.91 to $7.91. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 15, 2010 and December 22, 2010 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 8.8% (+$1.08). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 19, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 12.4% (-$1.35).

2)      Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU) is one of the price losers, as its shares are trading at $44.70, down $3.03 (-6.2%) from the previous close of $47.64. The energy company lowered its outlook today after the Australia coal mine incident it experienced. Peabody Energy Corporation mines steam coal for sale mainly to electric utilities and metallurgical coal for sale to industrial customers.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had fallen $11.57 (-19.2%) from $60.37 to $48.80. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 22, 2011 and August 31, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 17.2% (+$7.16). It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 26.9% (-$15.42).

3)      Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) is among the price losers in the market, as its shares are trading at $211.91, which is $22.56 (-9.2%) below the previous close of $233.27. Starz is pulling the plug on its content deal with Netflix. If Netflix wants to keep the content, it appears they are going to have to pay upward for it now. Netflix provides subscription service, streaming movies and TV episodes over the Internet and by mail.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 1, 2011, the stock price had fallen $59.15 (-20.2%) from $292.42 to $233.27. 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 February 14, 2011 and February 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 14.7% (-$36.35).

4)      H&R Block Inc. (NYSE:HRB) is among the market losers in price, as its stock price fell by $1.84 (-11.9%) to $13.37. The tax services company released a worse-than-expected earnings report today. The stock is being hammered due to the wider earnings loss. H&R Block, Inc. through its subsidiaries, provides tax preparation, retail banking, accounting and various business advisory and consulting services.

Stock Price Performance: From August 25, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.57 (11.6%) from $13.55 to $15.12. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 16, 2011 and June 23, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 4.5% (+69 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 8.3% (-$1.29).

5)      Shares of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI) are trading at $10.57, down 65 cents (-5.5%) from the previous close of $11.18. Newspaper ad spending declined 7% in the second quarter. According to the NAA, newspapers have had 20 quarters of consecutive ad revenue declines. Gannett Co., Inc. is an international news and information company operating mainly in the realms of publishing, digital and broadcasting.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 1, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.42 (-23.4%) from $14.60 to $11.18. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 30, 2010 and December 8, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 20.7% (+$2.69). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 26.1% (-$3.55).

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