Media Stocks Leading the Services Sector Rally: NWSA, MHP, CVC, WPO, DV

Through early trading on Friday, September 16, 2011, these stocks are helping the Services (NYSE:IYC) 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.

News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWSA) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $16.78, up 40 cents (+2.4%) from the previous close of $16.38. News Corp. is a global media company with operations in film, television, cable programming, satellite television, magazines and book publishing.

Stock Price Performance: From July 20, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had risen 54 cents (3.4%) from $15.84 to $16.38. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 22, 2011 and April 4, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 7.8% (+$1.29). It saw one of its worst periods between January 4, 2011 and January 13, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 5.8% (-86 cents).

McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. (NYSE:MHP) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $45.33, up 77 cents (+1.7%) from the previous close of $44.56. McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. produces a range of information products and services for the education, financial services and business information markets.

Stock Price Performance: From September 9, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.84 (15.1%) from $38.72 to $44.56. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 26, 2010 and December 9, 2010 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 5.1% (+$1.71). It saw one of its worst periods between November 5, 2010 and November 23, 2010 when shares fell for 13 straight trading days, falling 12.6% (-$4.82).

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE:CVC) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $17.92, up 44 cents (+2.5%) from the previous close of $17.48. Cablevision Systems Corporation is a telecommunications, media and entertainment company with a portfolio of operations in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From July 20, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.16 (-31.8%) from $25.64 to $17.48. 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 13.7% (+$3.29). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 11.4% (-$2.94).

Washington Post Co. (NYSE:WPO) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $349.26, up $5.97 (+1.7%) from the previous close of $343.29. The Washington Post Company operates as a diversified education and media company.

Stock Price Performance: From July 20, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had fallen $73.56 (-17.6%) from $416.85 to $343.29. 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% (+$48.76). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 1, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 6.5% (-$27.64).

DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $42.19, up 81 cents (+2%) from the previous close of $41.38. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, DeVry, Inc. owns and operates DeVry University, Chamberlain College of Nursing, U.S. Education, Ross University, Becker Professional Education and Advanced Academics.

Stock Price Performance: From July 19, 2011, to September 14, 2011, the stock price had fallen $25.69 (-39%) from $65.91 to $40.22. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 28, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 9.1% (+$4.59). It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 15.3% (-$9.50).