5 Retail Sector Stocks Up in a Down Market: COST, TGT, BBY, DLTR, SHLD

Through early trading on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, these stocks are helping the Retail (NYSE:XRT) 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.

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $85.31, up 15 cents (+0.3%) from the previous close of $85.07. Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses, which offer a selection of nationally branded and selected private-label products at low prices. The company sells products across a variety of merchandise categories, including snack foods, beverages, appliances, electronics, sporting goods and automotive supplies.

Stock Price Performance: From August 22, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $10.65 (14.3%) from $74.42 to $85.07. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 20, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7.8% (+$6.17). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 7.1% (-$5.82).

Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $52.43, up 20 cents (+0.3%) from the previous close of $52.28. Target Corporation operates general merchandise and food discount stores in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From June 24, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.24 (13.6%) from $46.04 to $52.28. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 19, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 5.5% (+$2.74). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-$2.65).

Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $24.98, up 13 cents (+0.8%) from the previous close of $24.79. Best Buy is a retailer that sells appliances, consumer electronics, home office products and software.

Stock Price Performance: From June 24, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.54 (-23.3%) from $32.33 to $24.79. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 15, 2011 and April 26, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.4% (+$1.84). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 9.6% (-$2.87).

Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $76.47, up 78 cents (+1%) from the previous close of $75.69. Dollar Tree, Inc. operates discount variety stores in the United States. Its stores offer merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. The company operates stores under the names of Dollar Tree, Deal$, and Dollar Bills.

Stock Price Performance: From August 22, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $10.73 (16.5%) from $64.96 to $75.69. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 19, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 8.5% (+$5.98). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 3.8% (-$2.66).

Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $59.28, up 91 cents (+1.6%) from the previous close of $58.38. Sears Holdings Corporation is a retail conglomerate with full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. It is the holding company of Kmart Holding Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Its three reportable segments are Kmart, Sears Domestic and Sears Canada.

Stock Price Performance: From July 25, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $16.26 (-21.8%) from $74.64 to $58.38. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 15, 2011 when shares rose for five straight trading days, rising 16.2% (+$8.67). It saw one of its worst periods between March 30, 2011 and April 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 6.1% (-$5.07).