5 Retailer Stocks Catching a Bid Mid-Day: BBBY, GPS, JCP, AEO, BIG

Through early trading on Monday, September 26, 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.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $58.38, up $1.17 (+2%) from the previous close of $57.22. Bed Bath & Beyond is a chain of retail stores. The retailer operates under the names Bed Bath & Beyond (BBB), Christmas Tree Shops (NYSE:CTS), Harmon and Harmon Face Values (Harmon), and buybuy BABY.

Stock Price Performance: From August 25, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.03 (7.6%) from $53.19 to $57.22. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 6, 2010 and December 14, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.6% (+$3.01). It saw one of its worst periods between March 3, 2011 and March 10, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.6% (-$3.25).

The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $16.67, up 36 cents (+2.2%) from the previous close of $16.31. The Gap is an international specialty retailer that sells casual apparel, accessories and personal care products for men, women, and children.

Stock Price Performance: From July 28, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.21 (-16.4%) from $19.52 to $16.31. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 18, 2011 when shares rose for 13 straight trading days, rising 21.1% (+$3.97). It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.9% (-$1.18).

J.C. Penney Company Inc. (NYSE:JCP) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $26.33, up 80 cents (+3.1%) from the previous close of $25.53. J. C. Penney Company is a holding company that offers merchandise and services to consumers through department stores and direct (Internet/catalog) channels.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.20 (-26.5%) from $34.73 to $25.53. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 27, 2010 and October 12, 2010 when shares rose for 12 straight trading days, rising 32.6% (+$8.17). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 6, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 12.5% (-$4.48).

American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE:AEO) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $12.07, up 90 cents (+8%) from the previous close of $11.17. American Eagle Outfitters is a retailer that designs, markets, and sells its own brand of high-quality, on-trend clothing, accessories, and personal care products at affordable prices that target targeting 15 to 25 year-old customers.

Stock Price Performance: From July 28, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.75 (-13.5%) from $12.92 to $11.17. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 1, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 5.8% (+85 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between February 16, 2011 and February 24, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 5.2% (-81 cents).

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE:BIG) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $34.03, up 66 cents (+2%) from the previous close of $33.37. Big Lots operates as a broadline closeout retailer through its subsidiaries in the United States. It sells a number of products, including food, home decor, and furniture.

Stock Price Performance: From July 28, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.93 (-5.5%) from $35.30 to $33.37. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 18, 2011 and March 25, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 6% (+$2.45). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 20.1% (-$7.32).