5 Services Stocks Traders are Buying Now: ACN, VIAB, FRT, TW, NNN

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

Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $54.80, which is 39 cents (+0.7%) above the previous close of $54.42. Accenture plc is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company.

Stock Price Performance: From August 22, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.92 (12.2%) from $48.50 to $54.42. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 17, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for 14 straight trading days, rising 17.6% (+$9.49). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-$3.33).

Shares of VIACOM INC CLASS B (NYSE:VIAB) are trading at $47.28, up 59 cents (+1.3%) from the previous close of $46.69.

Stock Price Performance: From January 12, 2011, to April 8, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.28 (15.3%) from $41.08 to $47.36. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 6, 2011 and January 18, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 5.3% (+$2.12). It saw one of its worst periods between March 8, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 6.4% (-$2.95).

Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE:FRT) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $85.59, which is 71 cents (+0.8%) above the previous close of $84.88. Federal Realty Investment Trust is an equity real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership, management, development and redevelopment of retail and mixed-use properties.

Stock Price Performance: From July 25, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.64 (-4.1%) from $88.52 to $84.88. It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 13.8% (-$11.93). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 28, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6% (+$4.89).

Shares of Towers Watson & Co. (NYSE:TW) are trading at $59.44, up 38 cents (+0.6%) from the previous close of $59.06. Towers Watson & Co. is engaged in professional services Company ,which helps organizations improve performance through effective people, risk and financial management.

Stock Price Performance: From July 25, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.10 (-6.5%) from $63.16 to $59.06. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between July 18, 2011 and July 26, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4.2% (+$2.56). It saw one of its worst periods between May 26, 2011 and June 9, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 7.7% (-$4.93).

National Retail Properties, Inc. (NYSE:NNN) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $26.92, which is 22 cents (+0.8%) above the previous close of $26.70. National Retail Properties, Inc. is a fully integrated real estate investment trust.

Stock Price Performance: From June 24, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.78 (11.6%) from $23.92 to $26.70. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 29, 2010 and October 8, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 5.5% (+$1.29). It saw one of its worst periods between January 3, 2011 and January 12, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 7.3% (-$1.87).

 

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