5 Stocks in the Consumer/Non-Cyclical Sector That Are Selling Off This Afternoon

Through most of the trading day on Thursday, September 1, 2011, these stocks are bringing down the Consumer/Non-Cyclical (NYSE:XLP) 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.

Ecolab Inc. (NYSE:ECL) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $52.97, down 64 cents (-1.2%) from the previous close of $53.60. Ecolab Inc. develops and markets cleaning and sanitizing products and programs, pest elimination, maintenance and repair services for the hospitality, foodservice, healthcare and industrial markets.

Stock Price Performance: From August 2, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.29 (8.8%) from $48.53 to $52.82. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 19, 2011 and August 30, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 18.6% (+$8.29). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 8.8% (-$4.67).

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) is among the price losers in the sector as its stock price is $14.57, down 16 cents (-1.2%) from the previous close of $14.74. Staples, Inc. is an office products company with segments of: North American Delivery, North American Retail and International Operations.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1 (-6.4%) from $15.74 to $14.74. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4.2% (+64 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 11% (-$1.84).

Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE:AVP) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $22.30, which is 26 cents (-1.2%) below the previous close of $22.56. Avon Products Inc. is a global manufacturer and marketer of beauty, fashion and home products.

Stock Price Performance: From June 6, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.45 (-19.7%) from $27.73 to $22.28. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 5, 2011 and May 12, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 5.8% (+$1.64). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 19% (-$5.30).

Seaboard Corporation (AMEX:SEB) stocks are trading at $2237.97. This is $71.50 (-3.1%) below the previous close of $2309, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. Seaboard Corporation and its subsidiaries is a diversified international agribusiness and transportation company.

Stock Price Performance: From August 3, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had dropped $361 (-13.5%) from $2670 to $2309. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 15, 2011 and March 31, 2011 when shares rose for 13 straight trading days, rising 20.5% (+$411). It saw one of its worst periods between April 29, 2011 and May 9, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 4.1% (-$99).

Shares of Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:NUS) are trading at $41.34, down 91 cents (-2.2%) from the previous close of $42.29. Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.is a global direct selling company, which develops and distributes innovative, premium-quality personal care products and nutritional supplements that are sold under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands.

Stock Price Performance: From June 7, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.12 (16.9%) from $36.17 to $42.29. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 21, 2011 and May 12, 2011 when shares rose for 15 straight trading days, rising 29.6% (+$8.77). It saw one of its worst periods between March 24, 2011 and April 4, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 3.2% (-93 cents).

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