5 Stocks Climbing This Afternoon as the S&P Moves into the Green

Through early afternoon trading, these stocks are helping the Energy (NYSE:XLE) 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.

Seadrill Limited (NYSE:SDRL) is among the sector price gainers today, as its shares are trading at $30.75, up 66 cents (+2.2%) from a previous close of $30.10. Seadrill Limited, an offshore drilling contractor, provides drilling and well services to the oil and gas industries worldwide. The company also offers platform drilling, well intervention, and engineering services.

Stock Price Performance: During July 26, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had dropped $5.57 (-15.6%) from $35.67 to $30.10. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 5, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 8.4% (+$2.77) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 6.8% (-$2.43) over that span.

Peabody Energy Corporation (NYSE:BTU) is among the top price gainers in the sector today. Its shares are trading at $43.62, up 72 cents (+1.7%) from a previous close of $42.91. Peabody Energy Corporation mines steam coal for sale mainly to electric utilities and metallurgical coal for sale to industrial customers.

Stock Price Performance: During May 27, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $18.62 (-30.3%) from $61.53 to $42.91. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between July 14, 2011 and July 22, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 5.7% (+$3.33) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 26.9% (-$15.42) over that span.

Oceaneering International Inc. (NYSE:OII) is among the sector price gainers today, as its shares are trading at $38.45, up 50 cents (+1.3%) from a previous close of $37.96. Oceaneering International is an oilfield provider of engineered services and products mainly to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications.

Stock Price Performance: During July 25, 2011 to August 22, 2011, the stock price had dropped $8.75 (-19.9%) from $44.07 to $35.32. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 29, 2010 and November 11, 2010 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 15.5% (+$4.80) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 28, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 24.8% (-$10.91) over that span.

Arch Coal Inc (NYSE:ACI) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $18.43, which is 27 cents (+1.5%) above the previous close of $18.16. Arch Coal, Inc. is a coal producer in the United States, which sells coal to power plants, steel mills and industrial facilities.

Stock Price Performance: During May 26, 2011 to August 22, 2011, the stock price had fallen $12.47 (-42.3%) from $29.46 to $16.99. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 29, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 20.4% (+$4.97) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10-straight days, falling 25.7% (-$7.36) over that span.

Questar Corporation (NYSE:STR) is among the top price gainers in the sector today. Its shares are trading at $18.41, up 33 cents (+1.8%) from a previous close of $18.08. Questar Corporation is a natural gas-focused energy company with five major lines of business: gas and oil exploration and production; midstream field services; energy marketing; interstate gas transportation; and retail gas distribution.

Stock Price Performance: During May 27, 2011 to August 23, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.04 (6.1%) from $17.04 to $18.08. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 29, 2011 when shares rose for nine-straight days, rising 4.7% (+77 cents) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between December 7, 2010 and December 15, 2010 when shares fell for seven-straight days, falling 4.4% (-77 cents) over that span.