Retail Stocks Traders are Buying: KSS, DLTR, FDO, JCP, DDS

Through early trading on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, these stocks are helping the Retail (NYSE:XRT) 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.

Kohls Corporation (NYSE:KSS) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $48.59, which is 92 cents (+1.9%) above the previous close of $47.67. Kohl’s operates department stores that offer apparel, footwear and accessories as well as home products and housewares.

Stock Price Performance: From August 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.56 (-12.1%) from $54.23 to $47.67. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 10, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4.4% (+$2.22). It saw one of its worst periods between November 24, 2010 and December 13, 2010 when shares fell for 13 straight trading days, falling 7.2% (-$4.09).

Shares of Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ:DLTR) are trading at $77.44, up $1.74 (+2.3%) from the previous close of $75.71. Dollar Tree operates discount variety stores in the United States. Its stores offer merchandise at the fixed price of $1.00. The company operates stores under the names of Dollar Tree, Deal$, and Dollar Bills.

Stock Price Performance: From August 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had risen $9.08 (13.6%) from $66.63 to $75.71. 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 8.5% (+$5.98). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 3.8% (-$2.66).

Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE:FDO) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $55.12, which is 94 cents (+1.7%) above the previous close of $54.18. Family Dollar Stores operates more than 6,600 retail discount stores across the U.S., offering consumables, home products, apparel accessories, seasonal and electronics.

Stock Price Performance: From August 29, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had risen $5.35 (11%) from $48.83 to $54.18. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 20, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7% (+$3.51). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 16.9% (-$9.15).

Shares of J.C. Penney Company Inc. (NYSE:JCP) are trading at $27.93, up 45 cents (+1.6%) from the previous close of $27.48. J. C. Penney Company is a holding company that offers merchandise and services to consumers through department stores and direct (Internet/catalog) channels.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.35 (-21.1%) from $34.83 to $27.48. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 28, 2010 and October 12, 2010 when shares rose for 11 straight trading days, rising 30.4% (+$7.75). 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% (-$4.48).

Dillards Inc. (NYSE:DDS) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $48.05, which is 66 cents (+1.4%) above the previous close of $47.38. Dillard’s operates as an apparel and home furnishing retailer.

Stock Price Performance: From August 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $9.19 (-16.2%) from $56.62 to $47.43. 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 9.5% (+$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% (-$5.73).