Staples and 4 Consumer Stocks Traders are Buying After Obama Promised Jobs

Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $14.18, up 55 cents (+4%) from the previous close of $13.63. Rival Office Depot (NYSE:ODP) gave an update on the back-to-school season at the Goldman Sachs retail conference. ODP shares are trading up 13.60% so far today. Staples, Inc. is an office products company with segments of: North American Delivery, North American Retail and International Operations.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $1.64 (-10.7%) from $15.27 to $13.63. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 23, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4.2% (+64 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 11% (-$1.84).

Fortune Brands, Inc. (NYSE:FO) is among the top price gainers in the sector. The company reaffirmed its target for high-single-digit growth in adjusted pro forma diluted EPS for 2011 against a base of $1.92 in 2010. Its shares are trading at $56.84, up $2.21 (+4.1%) from the previous close of $54.63. Fortune Brands, Inc. manufactures and sells distilled spirits, home and hardware products and golf products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $8.85 (-13.9%) from $63.48 to $54.63. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 7, 2010 and September 15, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4.1% (+$1.92). It saw one of its worst periods between February 4, 2011 and February 15, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 2.5% (-$1.56).

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Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (NYSE:NWL) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $13.75, up 68 cents (+5.2%) from the previous close of $13.07. Newell Rubbermaid Inc. markets consumer and commercial products, including housewares, hardware and home furnishings.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.34 (-15.2%) from $15.41 to $13.07. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 13, 2010 and December 21, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4.8% (+83 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 14, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-87 cents).

Corn Products International, Inc. (NYSE:CPO) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $46.73, up $1.79 (+4%) from the previous close of $44.94. Corn Products International, Inc. together with its subsidiaries manufactures and sells a number of ingredients to a variety of food and industrial customers.

Stock Price Performance: From July 8, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had fallen $11.17 (-19.6%) from $56.93 to $45.76. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 7, 2010 and September 20, 2010 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 12.8% (+$4.35). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and July 29, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 14.3% (-$8.47).

Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. (NYSE:NUS) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $42.74, up $2.24 (+5.3%) from the previous close of $40.57. Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc.is a global direct selling company, which develops and distributes innovative, premium-quality personal care products and nutritional supplements that are sold under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands.

Stock Price Performance: From June 9, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.38 (12.2%) from $35.80 to $40.18. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 21, 2011 and May 12, 2011 when shares rose for 15 straight trading days, rising 29.6% (+$8.77). It saw one of its worst periods between March 24, 2011 and April 4, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 3.2% (-93 cents).

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