Alcoa and 4 Basic Materials Stocks Popping: DOW, MOS, AA, CF, VHI

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

Shares of Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE:DOW) are trading at $26.94, up 75 cents (+2.9%) from the previous close of $26.19. Dow Chemical produces chemicals, plastic materials, agricultural, advanced materials, and other products and services, including insurance.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.45 (-27.6%) from $34.21 to $24.76. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 28, 2011 and February 8, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 8.2% (+$2.82). It saw one of its worst periods between March 8, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 8.2% (-$3.07).

Mosaic Company The (NYSE:MOS) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $56.30, which is $2.83 (+5.3%) above the previous close of $53.48. The Mosaic Company is a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the global agriculture industry.

Stock Price Performance: From September 9, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had dropped $18.78 (-26.8%) from $69.97 to $51.19. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 20, 2011 and May 31, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 8.3% (+$5.43). It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 18.8% (-$13.37).

Shares of Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) are trading at $10.33, up 24 cents (+2.3%) from the previous close of $10.09. Alcoa is a global producer of aluminum. It is mainly engaged in the production and management of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina combined. It is actively involved in a range of industries, including technology, mining, smelting, and recycling.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.72 (-37.1%) from $15.43 to $9.71. 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 trading days, rising 7.6% (+$1.16). It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 15.9% (-$1.91).

CF Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CF) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $147.14, which is $6.75 (+4.8%) above the previous close of $140.39. CF Industries Holdings 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 September 9, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had dropped $45.38 (-25.2%) from $180.09 to $134.71. 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 September 14, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 18.9% (-$34.03).

Shares of Valhi, Inc. (NYSE:VHI) are trading at $61.28, up $1.28 (+2.1%) from the previous close of $60. Valhi is a holding company, which through its subsidiaries operates in the chemicals, component products, and waste management business.

Stock Price Performance: From August 12, 2011, to October 10, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.99 (13.2%) from $53.01 to $60. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 28, 2011 and April 8, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 20.9% (+$5.05). It saw one of its worst periods between September 13, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 14.1% (-$7.97).