Mosaic Company and 4 Basic Materials Stocks Taking Heat Today: MOS, AGU, RIO, AVY, HUN

Through most of the trading day on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, these stocks are bringing down 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.

Mosaic Company (NYSE:MOS) stocks are trading at $64.02. This is $1.86 (-3.1%) below the previous close of $66.04, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. The Mosaic Co. is a producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash crop nutrients for the global agriculture industry.

Stock Price Performance: From July 25, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.94 (-9.5%) from $72.98 to $66.04. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 20, 2011 and May 31, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 8.3% (+$5.43). It saw one of its worst periods between April 5, 2011 and April 12, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 7.1% (-$5.88).

Agrium Inc. (NYSE:AGU) is among the price losers in the sector as its stock price is $80.09, down $2.41 (-2.8%) from the previous close of $82.37. Agrium Inc. is a major retail supplier of agricultural products and services in both North and South America and a global producer and marketer of agricultural nutrients and industrial products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 25, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $10.03 (-10.9%) from $92.40 to $82.37. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 20, 2011 and May 31, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 10.2% (+$8.11). It saw one of its worst periods between April 4, 2011 and April 14, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 7.6% (-$7.20).

Rio Tinto plc (NYSE:RIO) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $52.99, which is $1.67 (-3.1%) below the previous close of $54.71. Rio Tinto Plc (Rio Tinto) is an international business involved in each stage of metal and mineral production. The Company produces aluminium, copper, diamonds, coal, iron ore, uranium, gold and industrial minerals (borates, titanium dioxide, salt, talc.

Stock Price Performance: From July 25, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $16.55 (-23.2%) from $71.26 to $54.71. It saw one of its worst periods between February 14, 2011 and February 24, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 10.3% (-$7.64). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 8.4% (+$5.63).

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) is among the price losers in the sector as its stock price is $26.60, down 72 cents (-2.5%) from the previous close of $27.29. Avery Dennison Corp. is a global manufacturer of pressure-sensitive materials, office products and a variety of paper products. It provides businesses and consumers with identification solutions and converted products, such as tickets, tags and labels. .

Stock Price Performance: From June 23, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had fallen $10.06 (-26.9%) from $37.45 to $27.39. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 30, 2010 and December 17, 2010 when shares rose for 14 straight trading days, rising 12.7% (+$4.66). It saw one of its worst periods between April 6, 2011 and April 13, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 3.5% (-$1.47).

Huntsman Corporation (NYSE:HUN) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $11.59, down 41 cents (-3.4%) from the previous close of $12. Huntsman Corporation is a manufacturer of differentiated organic chemical products and of inorganic chemical products. The Company operates all of its businesses through its 100% owned subsidiary, Huntsman International LLC (Huntsman International).

Stock Price Performance: From July 22, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.24 (-36.7%) from $19.75 to $12.51. It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 19.5% (-$2.76). 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 15.3% (+$2.65).