5 Stocks with Awesome Returns Today

Through early afternoon trading on Thursday, August 11, 2011, these stocks are helping the Services (NYSE:IYC) 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.

News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWSA) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $16.35, which is $2.64 (+19.3%) above the previous close of $13.71. News Corp. is a global media company with operations in film, television, cable programming, satellite television, magazines and book publishing.

Stock Price Performance: During May 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.90 (-16.6%) from $17.45 to $14.55. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 22, 2011 and April 4, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 7.8% (+$1.30) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between January 4, 2011 and January 13, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 5.7% (-85 cents) over that span.

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC) is among the sector price gainers today, as its shares are trading at $18.43, up $1.57 (+9.3%) from a previous close of $16.86. Cablevision Systems Corporation is a telecommunications, media and entertainment company with a portfolio of operations in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: During July 13, 2011 to August 10, 2011, the stock price had dropped $9.41 (-35.8%) from $26.27 to $16.86. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 28, 2010 and November 10, 2010 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 13.1% (+$2.41) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 11.4% (-$2.97) over that span.

Shares of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP) are trading at $54.66, up $4.56 (+9.1%) from a previous close of $50.10. Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a specialty retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries and maintenance items mainly operating within the United States.

Stock Price Performance: During May 13, 2011 to August 9, 2011, the stock price had fallen $20.23 (-28.1%) from $72.09 to $51.86. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2010 and September 20, 2010 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 5.6% (+$3.11) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 26, 2011 and June 10, 2011 when shares fell for 11-straight days, falling 7.5% (-$4.69) over that span.

Dillards Inc. (NYSE:DDS) is among the top price gainers in the sector today. Its shares are trading at $51.25, up $4.16 (+8.8%) from a previous close of $47.09. Dillard’s, Inc. operates as an apparel and home furnishing retailer.

Stock Price Performance: During July 13, 2011 to August 10, 2011, the stock price had dropped $11.90 (-20.2%) from $58.99 to $47.09. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 16, 2010 and November 24, 2010 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 10.1% (+$3.00) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 26, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for nine-straight days, falling 10.2% (-$5.73) over that span.

Darden Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE:DRI) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $48.68, which is $3.63 (+8.1%) above the previous close of $45.05. Darden Restaurants, Inc operates in the United States full-service dining restaurant industry.

Stock Price Performance: During July 13, 2011 to August 10, 2011, the stock price had dropped $7.71 (-14.6%) from $52.76 to $45.05. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 27, 2010 and November 5, 2010 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 6.8% (+$3) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between March 31, 2011 and April 11, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 4.3% (-$2.10) over that span.