5 Stocks in the Retail Sector Seeing Prices Rise: WMT, KSS, BBY, GPS, URBN

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.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $52.20, which is 90 cents (+1.7%) above the previous close of $51.31. Wal-Mart Stores operates Walmart discount stores, supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Club locations in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From August 29, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.16 (-2.2%) from $53.19 to $52.03. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 25, 2011 and May 3, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 3.9% (+$2.06). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 8.1% (-$4.39).

Shares of Kohls Corporation (NYSE:KSS) are trading at $48.39, up 66 cents (+1.4%) from the previous close of $47.73. Kohl’s operates department stores that offer apparel, footwear and accessories as well as home products and housewares.

Stock Price Performance: From August 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.56 (-12.1%) from $54.23 to $47.67. 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).

Best Buy Co. (NYSE:BBY) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $24.73, which is 26 cents (+1.1%) above the previous close of $24.47. Best Buy is a retailer that sells appliances, consumer electronics, home office products, and software.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.31 (-22.8%) from $32 to $24.69. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 15, 2011 and April 26, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.4% (+$1.84). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 9.6% (-$2.87).

Shares of The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) are trading at $16.90, up 9 cents (+0.5%) from the previous close of $16.81. 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 August 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.10 (-10.9%) from $19.33 to $17.23. 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).

Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $23.25, which is 5 cents (+0.6%) above the previous close of $23.11. Urban Outfitters is engaged in the general consumer product retail and wholesale business, selling to customers through various channels including retail stores, catalogs and web sites.

Stock Price Performance: From August 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.37 (-26%) from $32.21 to $23.84. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 14, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 12.4% (+$4.18). It saw one of its worst periods between August 31, 2011 and September 9, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 6.2% (-$1.62).

 

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