5 Blue Chip Stocks Trailing in the Consumer Staples Sector

Investors are seeking more risk as markets rally. Through most of the trading day on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, these stocks are bringing down 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.

Kraft Foods Inc. (NYSE:KFT) is among the price losers in the sector as its stock price is $34.02, down 23 cents (-0.7%) from the previous close of $34.25. Kraft Foods Inc. manufactures and markets packaged food products, including snacks, beverages, cheese and convenient meals.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to September 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen 86 cents (-2.4%) from $35.37 to $34.51. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 27, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 5% (+$1.72). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 7, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 2.7% (-93 cents).

General Mills, Inc. (NYSE:GIS) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $36.83, which is 39 cents (-1%) below the previous close of $37.20. General Mills, Inc. is the manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. It also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the food service and commercial baking industries.

Stock Price Performance: From August 12, 2011, to September 12, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.03 (2.8%) from $36.17 to $37.20. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 10, 2011 and August 17, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 5.1% (+$1.78). It saw one of its worst periods between January 20, 2011 and February 1, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 6.8% (-$2.48).

Kellogg Company (NYSE:K) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $52.26, down 38 cents (-0.7%) from the previous close of $52.64. Kellogg Company, with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and convenience foods, including cookies, crackers and toaster pastries.

Stock Price Performance: From July 15, 2011, to September 12, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.16 (-3.9%) from $54.80 to $52.64. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 7, 2010 and December 20, 2010 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 5% (+$2.39). It saw one of its worst periods between January 21, 2011 and February 1, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 3.4% (-$1.71).

H. J. Heinz Company (NYSE:HNZ) is among the price losers in the sector as its stock price is $49.88, down 28 cents (-0.5%) from the previous close of $50.14. HJ Heinz manufactures food products, including ketchup, condiments and sauces, frozen food, soups, beans and pasta meals, infant nutrition and other food products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 15, 2011, to September 12, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.30 (-6.2%) from $53.44 to $50.14. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 30, 2011 and April 6, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 1.1% (+55 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between January 24, 2011 and February 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 4% (-$1.93).

Sara Lee Corp. (NYSE:SLE) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $17.07, down 10 cents (-0.6%) from the previous close of $17.17. Sara Lee Corp is a global consumer-goods company, manufacturing and marketing a range of high-quality branded meats, bakery, and beverage products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 15, 2011, to September 12, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.21 (-11.4%) from $19.38 to $17.17. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 17, 2011 and March 29, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 7.5% (+$1.23). It saw one of its worst periods between September 20, 2010 and September 28, 2010 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 4.1% (-57 cents).

 

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