Services Stocks Investors are Buying Today

Through morning trading on Tuesday, August 23, 2011, these stocks are helping the Services (NYSE:IYC) 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.

Shares of Coach, Inc. (NYSE:COH) are trading at $49.16, up $1.96 (+4.1%) from a previous close of $47.20. Coach, Inc. is an American marketer of fine accessories and gifts, including handbags, footwear, sunwear, travel bags, business cases, jewelry, clothing, fragrance and watches.

Stock Price Performance: During July 22, 2011 to August 19, 2011, the stock price had dropped $20.84 (-31.2%) from $66.80 to $45.96. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 8, 2011 and April 21, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 13.6% (+$6.86) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 8% (-$5.10) over that span.

Tim Hortons Inc. (NYSE:THI) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $46.15, which is $1.30 (+2.9%) above the previous close of $44.85. Tim Hortons, Inc’s business is the development and franchising of quick-service restaurants that serve food, including coffee and other hot and cold beverages, baked goods, sandwiches, soups and other foods products.

Stock Price Performance: During July 25, 2011 to August 22, 2011, the stock price had dropped $3.02 (-6.3%) from $47.87 to $44.85. 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 days, rising 7.2% (+$3.31) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 6, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 5.3% (-$2.47) over that span.

Shares of Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO) are trading at $56.29, up $1.93 (+3.6%) from a previous close of $54.36. Tractor Supply is an operator of retail farm and ranch stores in the United States and is focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.

Stock Price Performance: During July 25, 2011 to August 22, 2011, the stock price had dropped $12.52 (-18.7%) from $66.88 to $54.36. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 22, 2011 and April 5, 2011 when shares rose for 11-straight days, rising 12.8% (+$7) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between October 12, 2010 and October 21, 2010 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 6.2% (-$2.48) over that span.

Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (NYSE:IPG) is among the sector price gainers today, as its shares are trading at $8.05, up 27 cents (+3.5%) from a previous close of $7.78. The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc. is an advertising and marketing services company that specializes in consumer advertising, interactive marketing and media planning.

Stock Price Performance: During July 25, 2011 to August 22, 2011, the stock price had dropped $4.75 (-37.9%) from $12.53 to $7.78. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 5, 2011 when shares rose for seven-straight days, rising 11.3% (+$1.29) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 28.6% (-$3.62) over that span.

Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID) is one of the top price gainers today. Its stock price is $31.78, which is $1.65 (+5.5%) above the previous close of $30.13. Sothebys is an auctioneer of authenticated fine art, antiques and decorative art, jewelry and collectibles.

Stock Price Performance: During July 25, 2011 to August 22, 2011, the stock price had dropped $14.67 (-32.7%) from $44.80 to $30.13. 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 days, rising 18.5% (+$7.47) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 12.4% (-$5.61) over that span.