Nordstrom and Abercrombie & Fitch Lead Stocks on the Rise in the Retail Sector: JWN, SHLD, JCP, ANF, DDS

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Retail (NYSE:XRT) 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.

Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE:JWN) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $50.52, which is $1.83 (+3.8%) above the previous close of $48.69. Nordstrom is a fashion retailer offering designer, luxury and quality apparel, shoes, cosmetics and accessories.

Stock Price Performance: From August 11, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.57 (15.6%) from $42.12 to $48.69. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 11, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 15.1% (+$5.97). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 9.9% (-$4.61).

Shares of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD) are trading at $65.33, up $3.21 (+5.2%) from the previous close of $62.12. Sears Holdings is a retail conglomerate with full-line and specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. It is the holding company of Kmart Holding Corporation and Sears, Roebuck and Co. Its three reportable segments are Kmart, Sears Domestic and Sears Canada.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $12.02 (-16.2%) from $74.14 to $62.12. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 15, 2011 when shares rose for five straight trading days, rising 16.2% (+$8.67). It saw one of its worst periods between March 30, 2011 and April 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 6.1% (-$5.07).

J.C. Penney Company Inc. (NYSE:JCP) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $30.56, which is $1.63 (+5.6%) above the previous close of $28.93. J. C. Penney is a holding company that offers merchandise and services to consumers through department stores and direct (Internet/catalog) channels.

Stock Price Performance: From September 9, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.77 (15%) from $25.16 to $28.93. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 3, 2011 and February 11, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 17.5% (+$5.32). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 6, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 12.5% (-$4.45).

Shares of Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) are trading at $67.58, up $3.04 (+4.7%) from the previous close of $64.54. Abercrombie & Fitch is an American specialty retailer company that, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, operates stores and direct sales of casual apparel for men, women, and children.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.59 (-11.7%) from $73.13 to $64.54. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 8, 2011 and September 19, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 9% (+$5.68). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 13.2% (-$10.05).

Dillards Inc. (NYSE:DDS) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $46.17, which is $1.97 (+4.4%) above the previous close of $44.21. Dillard’s operates as an apparel and home furnishing retailer.

Stock Price Performance: From July 14, 2011, to October 7, 2011, the stock price had fallen $14.99 (-25.3%) from $59.20 to $44.21. 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 9.6% (+$4.28). It saw one of its worst periods between May 26, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 10.2% (-$5.72).