Paychex and Accenture Give These Service Stocks a Boost: ACN, YUM, PAYX, VMED, ARE

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Services (NYSE:IYC) 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.

Accenture plc (NYSE:ACN) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $55.20, which is $1.55 (+2.9%) above the previous close of $53.65. Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.22 (-11.9%) from $60.87 to $53.65. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 17, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for 14 straight trading days, rising 17.6% (+$9.49). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-$3.33).

Shares of YUM! Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) are trading at $54.06, up 70 cents (+1.3%) from the previous close of $53.36. Yum Brands develops, operates, franchises and licenses a system of restaurants.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.13 (-5.5%) from $56.49 to $53.36. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 28, 2011 and February 8, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6.9% (+$3.16). It saw one of its worst periods between March 10, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 3.8% (-$1.98).

Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ:PAYX) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $27.23, which is 54 cents (+2%) above the previous close of $26.69. Paychex is a provider of comprehensive payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing solutions for small and medium sized businesses.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.03 (-13.1%) from $30.72 to $26.69. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 28, 2011 and February 8, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 5.4% (+$1.68). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 9.5% (-$2.82).

Shares of Virgin Media Inc. (NASDAQ:VMED) are trading at $25.77, up 73 cents (+2.9%) from the previous close of $25.04. Virgin Media is a provider of entertainment and communications services in the U.K., offering broadband Internet, television, mobile telephone, and fixed line telephone services.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $5.15 (-17.1%) from $30.19 to $25.04. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 19, 2010 and November 5, 2010 when shares rose for 14 straight trading days, rising 11.7% (+$2.78). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 10.2% (-$2.86).

Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc. (NYSE:ARE) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $62.26, which is 83 cents (+1.3%) above the previous close of $61.44. Alexandria Real Estate Equities is focused on science-driven cluster formation through the ownership, operation, management, and selective redevelopment, development, and acquisition of properties containing office/laboratory space.

Stock Price Performance: From August 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $19.49 (-23.9%) from $81.40 to $61.91. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 12 straight trading days, falling 26.3% (-$22.30). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and April 29, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 7.5% (+$5.73).