5 Top Stocks That Closed Up August 30, 2011

At the close of trading on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, these stocks helped the Basic Materials (NYSE:XLB) sector. 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 Southern Copper Corporation (NYSE:SCCO) closed at $33.72, up $1.06 (+3.2%) from the previous close of $32.66. Southern Copper Corp. is an integrated producer of copper in the world. It produces copper, molybdenum, zinc and silver. In the process of producing copper, a number of valuable metallurgical by-products are recovered, such as molybdenum, zinc, silver.

Stock Price Performance: From August 23, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.66 (5.4%) from $31 to $32.66. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 16, 2010 and December 23, 2010 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 5.1% (+$2.27). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 24.7% (-$8.84).

Agrium Inc. (NYSE:AGU) was among the sector price gainers, as it closed at $87.75, up $1.83 (+2.1%) from the previous close of $85.92. Agrium Inc. is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in both North and South America and a global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products.

Stock Price Performance: From August 23, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.60 (7%) from $80.32 to $85.92. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 20, 2011 and May 31, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 10.2% (+$8.11). It saw one of its worst periods between April 4, 2011 and April 14, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 7.6% (-$7.20).

Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD) was one of the top price gainers. It closed at $77.16, which is $2.61 (+3.5%) above the previous close of $74.55. Royal Gold Inc, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of acquiring and managing precious metals royalties. The Company owns royalty interests that are currently in development stage.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had risen $16.26 (27.8%) from $58.57 to $74.83. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 12, 2011 and April 21, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 15% (+$7.84). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.9% (-$3.66).

Sealed Air Corporation (NYSE:SEE) was among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares traded at $18.20, up 78 cents (+4.5%) from the previous close of $17.42. Sealed Air Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is a global manufacturer of a variety of packaging materials and equipment systems. Its product brands include Bubble Wrap and Instapak, and these offerings are used in a range of food, industrial, medical and consumer applications.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.45 (-27%) from $23.87 to $17.42. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 8, 2010 and December 22, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 6.1% (+$1.46). It saw one of its worst periods between November 4, 2010 and November 16, 2010 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 5.8% (-$1.36).

Shares of Titanium Metals Corporation (NYSE:TIE) closed at $15.77, up 36 cents (+2.3%) from the previous close of $15.41. Titanium Metals Corporation is a producer of titanium melted and mill products, titanium sponge, and industrial fabrications.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.17 (-22.8%) from $18.32 to $14.15. 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 trading days, rising 13% (+$2.30). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 12 straight trading days, falling 29.4% (-$5.59).

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