General Mills and 4 Climbing Stocks in the Consumer/Non-Cyclical Sector: GIS, MJN, SLE, TSN, HLF

Through early trading, 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.

General Mills Inc. (NYSE:GIS) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $39.82, which is 51 cents (+1.3%) above the previous close of $39.31. General Mills is a manufacturer and marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. It also supplies branded and unbranded food products to the food service and commercial baking industries.

Stock Price Performance: From August 11, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.26 (9.2%) from $35.49 to $38.75. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 10, 2011 and August 17, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 5.1% (+$1.77). It saw one of its worst periods between January 20, 2011 and February 1, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 6.8% (-$2.46).

Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE:MJN) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $72.25, up 91 cents (+1.3%) from the previous close of $71.34. Mead Johnson Nutrition provides pediatric nutrition and related products which help improve the health and development of infants and children around the world.

Stock Price Performance: From October 4, 2011, to October 10, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.25 (4.8%) from $68.09 to $71.34. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 22, 2011 and July 5, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 7.4% (+$4.83). It saw one of its worst periods between January 21, 2011 and February 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 6.7% (-$4.09).

Sara Lee Corp. (NYSE:SLE) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $17.04, up 33 cents (+2%) from the previous close of $16.71. Sara Lee is a global consumer-goods company. The company manufactures a range of branded meats, bakery and beverage products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 15, 2011, to October 10, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.67 (-13.8%) from $19.38 to $16.71. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 17, 2011 and March 29, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 7.5% (+$1.23). It saw one of its worst periods between September 26, 2011 and October 3, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 9% (-$1.58).

Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE:TSN) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $18.24, up 40 cents (+2.2%) from the previous close of $17.84. Tyson Foods and its subsidiaries produce, distribute and market chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods and related products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.05 (-5.7%) from $18.42 to $17.37. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 22, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6.8% (+$1.24). It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.7% (-$1.17).

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $54.64, up 82 cents (+1.5%) from the previous close of $53.82. Herbalife is a marketing company that sells weight management, nutritional supplement, energy, sports and fitness products and personal care products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.39 (-9.3%) from $57.76 to $52.37. 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 September 27, 2011 and October 4, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 13.9% (-$8.07).

 

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