Monsanto and 4 Basic Materials Stocks Winning Mid-Day: NEM, MON, CF, ALB, RGLD

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Basic Materials (NYSE:XLB) 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.

Newmont Mining Corporation (Holding Company) (NYSE:NEM) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $64.97, up $2.02 (+3.2%) from the previous close of $62.95. Newmont Mining explores and acquires gold properties and produces copper.

Stock Price Performance: From August 4, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had risen $8.76 (16.2%) from $54.19 to $62.95. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 13, 2011 and May 31, 2011 when shares rose for 12 straight trading days, rising 7.2% (+$3.76). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 7.5% (-$4.19).

Monsanto Company (NYSE:MON) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $60.97, up 93 cents (+1.5%) from the previous close of $60.04. Monsanto manufactures agricultural products that provide farmers with solutions that improve productivity and reduce costs, including seeds and herbicides.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $14.71 (-19.7%) from $74.75 to $60.04. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 15, 2010 and December 30, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 15.2% (+$9.09). It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 9.5% (-$6.71).

CF Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE:CF) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $127.08, up $3.69 (+3%) from the previous close of $123.39. CF Industries Holdings is a manufacturer and distributor of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products, including ammonia, urea, urea ammonium nitrate solution, diammonium phosphate, and monoammonium phosphate.

Stock Price Performance: From September 1, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had dropped $59.11 (-32.4%) from $182.50 to $123.39. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 28, 2011 and April 5, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 12.3% (+$15.70). It saw one of its worst periods between September 14, 2011 and September 23, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 18.9% (-$34.03).

Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $40.93, up 52 cents (+1.3%) from the previous close of $40.40. Albemarle is a global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of highly engineered specialty chemicals.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $29.89 (-42.5%) from $70.29 to $40.40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 22, 2011 and April 1, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 8.7% (+$4.80). It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 8% (-$5.50).

Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $65.09, up $1.03 (+1.6%) from the previous close of $64.06. Royal Gold, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of acquiring and managing precious metals royalties.

Stock Price Performance: From September 1, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had dropped $12.46 (-16.3%) from $76.52 to $64.06. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 12, 2011 and April 21, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 15% (+$7.82). It saw one of its worst periods between September 20, 2011 and September 30, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 21.6% (-$17.65).