5 Stocks Moving Up This Afternoon

Through most of the trading day, these stocks are helping the Basic Materials (NYSE:XLB) 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.

Newmont Mining Corporation (Holding Company) (NYSE:NEM) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $65.93, up $2.12 (+3.3%) from the previous close of $63.81. Newmont Mining explores and acquires gold properties and produces copper.

Stock Price Performance: From June 10, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $12.85 (24.9%) from $51.66 to $64.51. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 13, 2011 and May 31, 2011 when shares rose for 12 straight trading days, rising 7.2% (+$3.76). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 7.5% (-$4.19).

CF Industries Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:CF) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $186.25, up $3.01 (+1.6%) from the previous close of $183.24. CF Industries Holdings Inc is a manufacturer and distributor of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products, including ammonia, urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution, diammonium phosphate and monoammonium phosphate.

Stock Price Performance: From July 12, 2011, to September 7, 2011, the stock price had risen $36.13 (24.6%) from $147.11 to $183.24. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 28, 2011 and April 5, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 12.3% (+$15.70). It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.8% (-$9.73).

Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE:AUY) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $17.22, up 55 cents (+3.3%) from the previous close of $16.67. Yamana Gold Inc. is a gold producer with significant gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties and land positions in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.

Stock Price Performance: From June 10, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.44 (47.4%) from $11.47 to $16.91. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 26, 2010 and December 6, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 12.7% (+$1.42). It saw one of its worst periods between June 21, 2011 and June 27, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 2.9% (-34 cents).

Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $82.02, up $2.87 (+3.6%) from the previous close of $79.15. Royal Gold Inc, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of acquiring and managing precious metals royalties. The Company owns royalty interests that are currently in development stage.

Stock Price Performance: From June 10, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $23.09 (40.1%) from $57.61 to $80.70. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 12, 2011 and April 21, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 15% (+$7.84). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.9% (-$3.66).

Silgan Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:SLGN) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $37.49, up 30 cents (+0.8%) from the previous close of $37.19. Silgan Holdings, Inc. is a manufacturer of metal and plastic consumer goods packaging products.

Stock Price Performance: From June 13, 2011, to September 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.31 (-8.2%) from $40.50 to $37.19. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 27, 2011 and July 6, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 5.1% (+$2.03). It saw one of its worst periods between September 13, 2010 and September 23, 2010 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 4.3% (-$1.38).