Investors Bought Shares in These Basic Materials Stocks Today

These are stocks helping the Basic Materials (NYSE:IYM) 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.

Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE:AUY) is among the sector price gainers today, as its shares are trading at $14.87, up 73 cents (+5.2%) from a previous close of $14.14.

Stock Price Performance: During June 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.72 (23.8%) from $11.42 to $14.14. 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 days, rising 12.7% (+$1.42) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between June 21, 2011 and June 27, 2011 when shares fell for five-straight days, falling 2.9% (-34 cents) over that span.

Shares of Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD) are trading at $68.78, up $3.09 (+4.7%) from a previous close of $65.69.

Stock Price Performance: During June 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had risen $9.13 (16.1%) from $56.56 to $65.69. 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 days, rising 15% (+$7.84) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 5.9% (-$3.66) over that span.

Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI) is among the top price gainers in the market today. Its shares are trading at $43.56, up $1.85 (+4.4%) from a previous close of $41.71.

Stock Price Performance: During July 12, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had dropped $14.79 (-26.2%) from $56.50 to $41.71. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 28, 2011 and April 8, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 20.9% (+$5.07) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between August 1, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 35.7% (-$19.93) over that span.

Newmont Mining Corporation (Holding Company) (NYSE:NEM) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $55.81, which is 41 cents (+0.7%) above the previous close of $55.40.

Stock Price Performance: During June 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.70 (7.2%) from $51.70 to $55.40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 13, 2011 and May 31, 2011 when shares rose for 12-straight days, rising 7.2% (+$3.77) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 7.5% (-$4.21) over that span.

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