Food Stocks are Leading Consumer Stocks Upward This Afternoon

Through most of the trading day on Thursday, September 1, 2011, these stocks are helping the Consumer/Non-Cyclical (NYSE:XLP) 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 BRF-Brasil Foods S.A. (NYSE:BRFS) are trading at $20.00, up 20 cents (+1%) from the previous close of $19.80. The stock is up on high demand for Brazilian stocks today. Brasil Foods SA is focused on raising, producing and slaughtering of poultry, pork and beef, processing and/or sale of in nature meat, processed products, milk and dairy products, pasta, frozen vegetables and soybean derivatives.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.09 (12%) from $17.40 to $19.49. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 25, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 9.8% (+$1.66). It saw one of its worst periods between July 1, 2011 and July 11, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 7.5% (-$1.32).

Estee Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE:EL) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $98.62, which is 97 cents (+1%) above the previous close of $97.66. The Estee Lauder Companies Inc. manufactures skin care, makeup, fragrance and hair care products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.44 (-8%) from $105.97 to $97.53. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and June 30, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 4.6% (+$4.65). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 7.1% (-$7.28).

Shares of ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE:CAG) are trading at $24.68, up 27 cents (+1.1%) from the previous close of $24.42. Food stocks in general are trading well today. ConAgra Foods, Inc. is a food company that supplies frozen potato and sweet potato products, as well as other vegetable, spice, and grain products to restaurants, foodservice operators and commercial customers.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.34 (-5.2%) from $25.76 to $24.42. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 10, 2011 and August 16, 2011 when shares rose for five straight trading days, rising 4.5% (+$1.03). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 7.7% (-$2.01).

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $56.56, which is 76 cents (+1.4%) above the previous close of $55.80. Herbalife, Ltd is the marketing company that sells weight management, nutritional supplement, energy, sports and fitness products and personal care products.

Stock Price Performance: From August 3, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had dropped $5.03 (-8.3%) from $60.83 to $55.80. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 15, 2011 and February 28, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 17.1% (+$5.68). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 12.1% (-$6.87).

Shares of Flowers Foods, Inc. (NYSE:FLO) are trading at $19.38, up 33 cents (+1.7%) from the previous close of $19.05. The stock is in an upward trading trend for the day. Flowers Foods, Inc. is a producer and marketer of packaged bakery foods for retail and foodservice customers. It consists of two business segments: direct-store-delivery and warehouse delivery.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.33 (-14.9%) from $22.38 to $19.05. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 27, 2010 and October 6, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 4% (+64 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between September 2, 2010 and September 17, 2010 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, falling 4% (-67 cents).

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