3 Tobacco Stocks and 2 Food Companies Defy Dow Sell Off: MO, RAI, LO, HRL, TSN

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Consumer/Non-Cyclical (NYSE:XLP) 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.

Altria Group, Inc. (NYSE:MO) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $26.92, up 48 cents (+1.8%) from the previous close of $26.44. Altria Group manufactures and sells cigarettes and tobacco products as well as maintaining a portfolio of leveraged and direct finance leases.

Stock Price Performance: From September 23, 2011, to September 29, 2011, the stock price had risen 67 cents (2.6%) from $25.77 to $26.44. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 24, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.7% (+$1.59). It saw one of its worst periods between June 20, 2011 and June 29, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 4.5% (-$1.20).

Shares of Reynolds American, Inc. (NYSE:RAI) are trading at $37.67, up 47 cents (+1.3%) from the previous close of $37.20. Reynolds American manufactures cigarettes and other tobacco products in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From August 3, 2011, to September 29, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.86 (8.3%) from $34.34 to $37.20. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 30, 2011 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 10.6% (+$3.36). It saw one of its worst periods between March 8, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.2% (-$1.72).

Lorillard, Inc. (NYSE:LO) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $111.43, which is $1.36 (+1.2%) above the previous close of $110.07. Lorillard manufactures and sells cigarettes and tobacco under the brand names of Newport, Kent, True, Maverick, and Old Gold.

Stock Price Performance: From August 3, 2011, to September 29, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.33 (4.1%) from $105.74 to $110.07. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and May 3, 2011 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 10% (+$9.52). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 7, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 15.7% (-$17.87).

Shares of Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) are trading at $27.51, up 31 cents (+1.1%) from the previous close of $27.20. Hormel Foods produces and markets a variety of meat and food products throughout the United States and internationally.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to September 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.96 (-9.8%) from $30.16 to $27.20. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 10, 2011 and February 22, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7.5% (+$1.89). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 6.8% (-$2.08).

Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE:TSN) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $17.68, which is 57 cents (+3.3%) above the previous close of $17.11. Tyson Foods and its subsidiaries produce, distribute and market chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods and related products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to September 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.09 (-10.9%) from $19.20 to $17.11. 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 6.8% (+$1.24). It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.7% (-$1.17).

 

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