Bog Box Retailers Lead These Shares Lower as Markets Fall 4%: WMT, TGT, SHLD, JWN, JCP

Through most of the trading day on Thursday, September 22, 2011, these stocks are bringing down 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.

Shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) are trading at $50.26, down $1.06 (-2.1%) from the previous close of $51.32. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates Walmart discount stores, supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Club locations in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From July 25, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.29 (-2.4%) from $53.58 to $52.29. 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).

Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $49.57, down $1.93 (-3.6%) from the previous close of $51.43. Target Corporation operates general merchandise and food discount stores in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From June 24, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.24 (13.6%) from $46.04 to $52.28. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 19, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 5.5% (+$2.74). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-$2.65).

Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE:JWN) is among the price losers in the sector as its stock price is $45.25, down 96 cents (-2%) from the previous close of $46.18. Nordstrom Inc. is a fashion retailer offering designer, luxury and quality apparel, shoes, cosmetics and accessories.

Stock Price Performance: From August 22, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $9.90 (26.3%) from $37.59 to $47.49. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 11, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 15.1% (+$5.97). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 9.9% (-$4.61).

Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $52.84, which is $2.56 (-4.3%) below the previous close of $55.24. Sears Holdings Corporation is a retail conglomerate with full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. It is the holding company of Kmart Holding Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Its three reportable segments are Kmart, Sears Domestic and Sears Canada.

Stock Price Performance: From July 25, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $16.26 (-21.8%) from $74.64 to $58.38. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 15, 2011 when shares rose for five straight trading days, rising 16.2% (+$8.67). It saw one of its worst periods between March 30, 2011 and April 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 6.1% (-$5.07).

J.C. Penney Company Inc. (NYSE:JCP) stocks are trading at $25.55. This is 74 cents (-2.8%) below the previous close of $26.29, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. J. C. Penney Company, Inc. is a holding company that offers merchandise and services to consumers through department stores and direct (Internet/catalog) channels.

Stock Price Performance: From June 24, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7 (-20.6%) from $34.04 to $27.04. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 22, 2010 and October 12, 2010 when shares rose for 15 straight trading days, rising 38.5% (+$9.23). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 6, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 12.5% (-$4.48).