5 Retailer Stocks in Demand as Markets Pull Back Mid Day: KSS, LTD, GPS, DDS, BIG

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Retail (NYSE:XRT) 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.

Kohls Corporation (NYSE:KSS) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $45.47, up 96 cents (+1.9%) from the previous close of $44.63. Kohl’s operates department stores that offer apparel, footwear and accessories as well as home products and housewares.

Stock Price Performance: From July 27, 2011, to September 22, 2011, the stock price had fallen $10.07 (-18.4%) from $54.70 to $44.63. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 10, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4.4% (+$2.22). It saw one of its worst periods between November 24, 2010 and December 13, 2010 when shares fell for 13 straight trading days, falling 7.2% (-$4.09).

Limited Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LTD) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $39.94, up 79 cents (+2%) from the previous close of $39.15. Limited Brands is a specialty retailer of women’s apparel, beauty, and personal care products and accessories operating under various trade names.

Stock Price Performance: From August 24, 2011, to September 22, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.42 (9.6%) from $35.73 to $39.15. 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 12.7% (+$4.64). It saw one of its worst periods between December 30, 2010 and January 7, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 8% (-$2.46).

The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $16.24, up 27 cents (+1.5%) from the previous close of $16. 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 27, 2011, to September 22, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.96 (-15.6%) from $18.96 to $16. 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).

Dillards Inc. (NYSE:DDS) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $44.35, up 72 cents (+1.6%) from the previous close of $43.64. Dillard’s, Inc. operates as an apparel and home furnishing retailer.

Stock Price Performance: From July 27, 2011, to September 22, 2011, the stock price had fallen $13.02 (-23%) from $56.66 to $43.64. 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 9.5% (+$4.28). It saw one of its worst periods between May 26, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 10.2% (-$5.73).

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE:BIG) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $32.77, up 49 cents (+1.5%) from the previous close of $32.28. 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 27, 2011, to September 22, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.03 (-8.6%) from $35.31 to $32.28. 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).