Retail Stocks Investors are Buying on Thursday

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.

Costco Wholesale Corporation (NASDAQ:COST) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $80.50, which is $1.96 (+2.5%) above the previous close of $78.54. Costco Wholesale Corporation operates membership warehouses, which offer a selection of nationally branded and selected private-label products at low prices. The company sells products across a variety of merchandise categories, including snack foods, beverages, appliances, electronics, sporting goods and automotive supplies.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.84 (-4.7%) from $82.38 to $78.54. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2010 and September 17, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4% (+$2.33). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 7.1% (-$5.82).

Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) are trading at $57.78, up 92 cents (+1.6%) from the previous close of $56.86. Bed Bath & Beyond, Inc. is a chain of retail stores. The retailer operates under the names Bed Bath & Beyond (BBB), Christmas Tree Shops (NYSE:CTS), Harmon and Harmon Face Values (Harmon) and buybuy BABY.

Stock Price Performance: From June 7, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.35 (8.3%) from $52.51 to $56.86. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 7, 2010 and September 16, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 8.1% (+$3.14). It saw one of its worst periods between March 3, 2011 and March 10, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.6% (-$3.25).

Macy’s Inc. (NYSE:M) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $26.76, which is 81 cents (+3.1%) above the previous close of $25.95. Macy’s, Inc. is a retailer that sells apparel and accessories, cosmetics, home furnishings and other consumer goods.

Stock Price Performance: From July 5, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.35 (-11.3%) from $29.60 to $26.25. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 22, 2010 and November 2, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 8.3% (+$1.82). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 5.3% (-$1.63).

Shares of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD) are trading at $60.37, up 48 cents (+0.8%) from the previous close of $59.89. Sears Holdings Corporation 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 6, 2011, to August 31, 2011, the stock price had fallen $11.10 (-15.6%) from $70.99 to $59.89. 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). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 7, 2011 and February 11, 2011 when shares rose for five straight trading days, rising 9.9% (+$8.19).

Dillards Inc. (NYSE:DDS) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $46.48, which is 23 cents (+0.4%) above the previous close of $46.28. Dillard’s, Inc. operates as an apparel and home furnishing retailer.

Stock Price Performance: From August 2, 2011, to August 30, 2011, the stock price had dropped $7.93 (-14.4%) from $55 to $47.07. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 16, 2010 and November 24, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 10.1% (+$3.00). 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% (-$5.73).