Nike Leads These 4 Consumer Stocks After Stellar Earnings: NKE, VFC, SWK, WHR, CLC

Through early trading on Friday, September 23, 2011, these stocks are helping the Consumer Cyclical (NYSE:XLY) 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.

Nike Inc. (NYSE:NKE) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $88.83, up $4.64 (+5.5%) from the previous close of $84.18. Nike designs and markets high-quality footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessory products throughout the world.

Stock Price Performance: From September 16, 2011, to September 22, 2011, the stock price had dropped $5.59 (-6.2%) from $89.77 to $84.18. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 19, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 9.3% (+$7.70). It saw one of its worst periods between March 8, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 4.9% (-$4.34).

VF Corporation (NYSE:VFC) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $123.07, up $4.30 (+3.6%) from the previous close of $118.77. VF Corporation is an apparel company that designs and manufactures or sources from independent contractors a variety of apparel and footwear for all ages.

Stock Price Performance: From June 28, 2011, to September 22, 2011, the stock price had risen $12.46 (11.7%) from $106.31 to $118.77. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 3, 2010 and December 14, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 3.9% (+$3.20). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 7.3% (-$7.19).

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE:SWK) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $49.50, up $1.67 (+3.5%) from the previous close of $47.83. Stanley Black & Decker supplies tools and engineered solutions for professional, industrial, construction, and do-it-yourself use, as well as security solutions for industrial and commercial applications.

Stock Price Performance: From June 28, 2011, to September 22, 2011, the stock price had fallen $21.30 (-30.8%) from $69.13 to $47.83. 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 8.7% (+$6.01). It saw one of its worst periods between September 15, 2011 and September 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 16.1% (-$9.19).

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $49.15, up $1.14 (+2.4%) from the previous close of $48.01. Whirlpool Corporation manufactures and markets appliances and products for home use. It makes washers, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, microwave ovens, ranges, trash compactors and air purifiers.

Stock Price Performance: From June 28, 2011, to September 22, 2011, the stock price had fallen $30.63 (-38.9%) from $78.64 to $48.01. 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 7.8% (+$5.97). It saw one of its worst periods between July 20, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 13.9% (-$10.42).

CLARCOR Inc. (NYSE:CLC) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $40.99, up 63 cents (+1.5%) from the previous close of $40.37. Clarcor Inc conducts its business in three industry segments: engine & mobile filtration, industrial & environmental filtration and packaging.

Stock Price Performance: From June 28, 2011, to September 22, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.94 (-12.8%) from $46.31 to $40.37. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 10, 2011 and March 22, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 6.8% (+$2.81). It saw one of its worst periods between September 14, 2011 and September 22, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 11.9% (-$5.47).