Energy Stocks Investors Bought on Monday, August 29, 2011

At the close of trading, these stocks helped the Energy (NYSE:XLE) sector today. 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.

Cimarex Energy Co. (NYSE:XEC) was one of the top price gainers. It closed at $67.63, which is $3.49 (+5.4%) above the previous close of $64.14. Cimarex Energy Co. is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations entirely located in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $29.46 (-31.5%) from $93.60 to $64.14. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 6, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 8.4% (+$7.03). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 30.5% (-$27.85).

Shares of Arch Coal Inc (NYSE:ACI) closed at $20.27, up $1.28 (+6.7%) from the previous close of $18.99. Arch Coal, Inc. is a coal producer in the United States, which sells coal to power plants, steel mills and industrial facilities.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.44 (-30.8%) from $27.43 to $18.99. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 29, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 20.4% (+$4.97). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 25.7% (-$7.36).

Rpc Inc. (NYSE:RES) was one of the top price gainers. It closed at $24.94, which is $1.88 (+8.2%) above the previous close of $23.06. RPC Inc. provides a range of specialized oilfield services and equipment mainly to independent and oil and gas companies engaged in the exploration, production and development of oil and gas properties.

Stock Price Performance: From August 22, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.14 (10.2%) from $20.92 to $23.06. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 12, 2011 and April 25, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 21.1% (+$4.61). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 16.5% (-$4.42).

EXCO Resources, Inc. (NYSE:XCO) was among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares traded at $13.20, up 80 cents (+6.5%) from the previous close of $12.40. EXCO Resources, Inc. is an independent oil and natural gas company, which is engaged in the acquisition, development and exploitation of onshore North American oil and natural gas properties.

Stock Price Performance: From June 2, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.61 (-38%) from $20.01 to $12.40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 23, 2011 and April 1, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 2.6% (+52 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between May 25, 2011 and June 6, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 9% (-$1.81).

Shares of Berry Petroleum Co. (NYSE:BRY) closed at $49.41, up $3.61 (+7.9%) from the previous close of $45.80. Berry Petroleum Company is an independent energy company engaged in the production, development, acquisition, exploitation of and exploration for, crude oil and natural gas.

Stock Price Performance: From July 29, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had dropped $11.55 (-20.1%) from $57.35 to $45.80. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 30, 2010 and December 14, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 13.1% (+$4.95). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 10.1% (-$5.27).