Costco and J.C. Penny Top Retail Stocks Getting Drop Kicked This Afternoon: COST, FDO, JCP, URBN, CHS

Through most of the trading day on Tuesday, October 11, 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 Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) are trading at $80.71, down 49 cents (-0.6%) from the previous close of $81.23. Costco Wholesale operates membership warehouses that offer a selection of nationally branded and selected private-label products in categories such as food, appliances, and sporting goods, at low prices. .

Stock Price Performance: From August 11, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.41 (8.8%) from $72.61 to $79.02. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 20, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7.8% (+$6.17). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 7.1% (-$5.82).

Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE:FDO) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $53.79, down 25 cents (-0.4%) from the previous close of $54. Family Dollar Stores operates more than 6,600 retail discount stores across the United States, offering consumables, home products, apparel accessories, seasonal and electronics.

Stock Price Performance: From August 11, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.27 (8.8%) from $48.55 to $52.82. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 20, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7% (+$3.51). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 16.9% (-$9.15).

J.C. Penney Company Inc. (NYSE:JCP) is among the price losers in the sector as its stock price is $29.57, down 41 cents (-1.5%) from the previous close of $30.01. J. C. Penney is a holding company that offers merchandise and services to consumers through department stores and direct (Internet/catalog) channels.

Stock Price Performance: From September 9, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.77 (15%) from $25.16 to $28.93. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 3, 2011 and February 11, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 17.5% (+$5.32). 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% (-$4.45).

Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $23.42, which is 26 cents (-1%) below the previous close of $23.66. Urban Outfitters is engaged in the general consumer product retail and wholesale business, selling to customers through various channels including retail stores, catalogs and web sites.

Stock Price Performance: From July 15, 2011, to October 10, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.75 (-24.7%) from $31.41 to $23.66. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 14, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 12.4% (+$4.18). It saw one of its worst periods between August 31, 2011 and September 9, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 6.2% (-$1.62).

Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS) stocks are trading at $12.04. This is 19 cents (-1.7%) below the previous close of $12.24, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. Chico’s FAS is a national specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.82 (-24.2%) from $15.76 to $11.94. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 16, 2010 and November 26, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 19.9% (+$1.98). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 12.5% (-$1.89).

 

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