Ralph Lauren and 4 Consumer Cyclical Stocks Down in an Up Market: RL, GWW, GPC, WHR, GNTX

Through most of the trading day on Friday, September 16, 2011, these stocks are bringing down the Consumer Cyclical (NYSE:XLY) 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.

Shares of Ralph Lauren Corporation (NYSE:RL) are trading at $146.14, down $1.89 (-1.2%) from the previous close of $147.86. Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. designs and sells premium lifestyle products, including apparel, accessories, fragrances and home furnishings.

Stock Price Performance: From June 21, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had risen $20.23 (15.9%) from $127.63 to $147.86. 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 11% (+$13.80). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 22, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 13.9% (-$19.58).

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $160.53, which is $1.32 (-0.7%) below the previous close of $161.63. W.W. Grainger is a distributor of facilities maintenance products and provides services and related information used by businesses and institutions throughout North America.

Stock Price Performance: From August 17, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had risen $24.55 (17.9%) from $137.08 to $161.63. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 15, 2011 and June 23, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4.2% (+$5.99). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 19, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 5.9% (-$8.23).

Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC) stocks are trading at $52.66. This is $1.70 (-3.2%) below the previous close of $54.39, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. Genuine Parts Company distributes automotive replacement parts, industrial replacement parts, office products and electrical/electronic materials.

Stock Price Performance: From August 16, 2011, to September 14, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.91 (7.8%) from $50.04 to $53.95. 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 9.9% (+$5.12). It saw one of its worst periods between July 19, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for 11 straight trading days, falling 10.7% (-$6.04).

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $54.04, which is 58 cents (-0.9%) below the previous close of $54.55. 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 20, 2011, to September 14, 2011, the stock price had fallen $22.90 (-29.7%) from $77.02 to $54.12. 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).

Gentex Corporation (NASDAQ:GNTX) is among the price losers in the sector as its stock price is $26.07, down 42 cents (-1.4%) from the previous close of $26.44. Gentex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures and markets proprietary electro-optic products, including automatic-dimming rearview mirrors for the automotive industry and fire protection products mainly for the commercial building industry.

Stock Price Performance: From July 20, 2011, to September 15, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.19 (-10.8%) from $29.63 to $26.44. 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 5.7% (+$1.66). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 14.4% (-$4.44).