Consumer Cyclical Stocks Traders are Buying: MAT, GPC, WHR, LEG, CLC

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Consumer Cyclical (NYSE:XLY) 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.

Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $25.63, up 5 cents (+0.2%) from the previous close of $25.59. Mattel designs and manufactures a variety of toys and games for customers and consumers worldwide.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.44 (-5.3%) from $27.03 to $25.59. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 28, 2011 and February 9, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 9.3% (+$2.14). It saw one of its worst periods between September 16, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-$1.47).

Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $49.45, up 4 cents (+0.1%) from the previous close of $49.41. Genuine Parts Company distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.98 (-7.5%) from $53.39 to $49.41. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 9.9% (+$5.12). It saw one of its worst periods between July 19, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, falling 10.7% (-$6.04).

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $50.99, up $1.14 (+2%) from the previous close of $50. Whirlpool Corporation manufactures and markets appliances and products for home use. It makes washers, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, microwave ovens, ranges, trash compactors and air purifiers.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $29.79 (-37.3%) from $79.79 to $50. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 7.8% (+$5.97). It saw one of its worst periods between July 20, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 13.9% (-$10.42).

Leggett & Platt Inc. (NYSE:LEG) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $19.80, up 11 cents (+0.6%) from the previous close of $19.69. Leggett & Platt manufactures a range of engineered components and products, including residential furnishings, commercial fixtures and components, and industrial materials.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.97 (-16.8%) from $23.66 to $19.69. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 29, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 14.9% (+$3.32). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 7.6% (-$1.86).

CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE:CLC) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $40.94, up 37 cents (+0.5%) from the previous close of $40.75. Clarcor Inc conducts its business in three industry segments: engine & mobile filtration, industrial & environmental filtration and packaging.

Stock Price Performance: From June 29, 2011, to September 23, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.76 (-12.4%) from $46.51 to $40.75. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 10, 2011 and March 22, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 6.8% (+$2.81). It saw one of its worst periods between September 14, 2011 and September 22, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 11.9% (-$5.47).