5 Basic Materials Stocks Climbing Upward August 26th

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

Mosaic Company, The (NYSE:MOS) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $68.12, up $1.31 (+2%) from the previous close of $66.81. The Mosaic Co. is a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the global agriculture industry.

Stock Price Performance: From August 19, 2011, to August 25, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.79 (6%) from $63.02 to $66.81. 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 8.3% (+$5.43). It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 7.1% (-$5.88).

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. (NYSE:CLF) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $75.02, up $1.56 (+1.8%) from the previous close of $73.66. Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is an international mining company that operates primarily in North America and Australia.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to August 25, 2011, the stock price had fallen $16.37 (-18.2%) from $90.03 to $73.66. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 22, 2011 and July 5, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 12.6% (+$10.58). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 28, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 10.8% (-$10.82).

Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $16.46, which is 22 cents (+1.3%) above the previous close of $16.24. Weyerhaeuser Company is a forest products company which mainly grows and harvests trees, builds homes and makes a range of forest products.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to August 25, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.98 (-23.5%) from $21.22 to $16.24. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 28, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 13.8% (+$2.13). It saw one of its worst periods between April 1, 2011 and April 13, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 10.8% (-$2.69).

Temple-Inland Inc. (NYSE:TIN) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $22.72, up 22 cents (+1.4%) from the previous close of $22.41. Temple-Inland, Inc. operations its business through two segments: corrugated packaging and building products. It manufactures containerboard (linerboard and corrugating medium) and convert it into a complete line of corrugated packaging.

Stock Price Performance: From July 28, 2011, to August 25, 2011, the stock price had dropped $7.57 (-25.3%) from $29.98 to $22.41. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 8, 2011 and February 17, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 8.5% (+$2.01). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 24.8% (-$7.04).

Shares of Carlisle Companies Inc (NYSE:CSL) are trading at $36.17, up 48 cents (+1.6%) from the previous close of $35.60. Carlisle Companies, Inc. manufacture and distribute a variety of products across a range of industries, including, among others, roofing, construction, trucking, foodservice, industrial equipment, outdoor power equipment and aircraft manufacturing.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to August 25, 2011, the stock price had fallen $12.52 (-26%) from $48.12 to $35.60. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 23, 2011 and April 5, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 7.8% (+$3.29). It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 18, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 8% (-$3.66).

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