Target and Sears Holdings Leads Retail Stocks on the Rise: TGT, KSS, JWN, SHLD, AEO

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.

Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $48.70, up 90 cents (+1.9%) from the previous close of $47.80. Target operates general merchandise and food discount stores in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.31 (-4.5%) from $51.35 to $49.04. 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 5.5% (+$2.74). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.4% (-$2.65).

Shares of Kohls Corporation (NYSE:KSS) are trading at $48.80, up $1.06 (+2.2%) from the previous close of $47.74. Kohl’s operates department stores that offer apparel, footwear and accessories as well as home products and housewares.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.37 (-11.5%) from $55.47 to $49.10. 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).

Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE:JWN) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $46.39, which is $1.17 (+2.2%) above the previous close of $45.37. Nordstrom is a fashion retailer offering designer, luxury and quality apparel, shoes, cosmetics and accessories.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.62 (-9.2%) from $50.30 to $45.68. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 11, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 15.1% (+$5.97). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 9.9% (-$4.61).

Shares of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD) are trading at $59.42, up $2.17 (+3.8%) from the previous close of $57.25. Sears Holdings 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 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $16.70 (-22.5%) from $74.22 to $57.52. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 15, 2011 when shares rose for five straight trading days, rising 16.2% (+$8.67). 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).

American Eagle Outfitters Inc. (NYSE:AEO) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $11.60, which is 28 cents (+2.5%) above the previous close of $11.32. American Eagle Outfitters is a retailer that designs, markets, and sells its own brand of clothing, accessories, and personal care products.

Stock Price Performance: From July 7, 2011, to September 30, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.09 (-15.1%) from $13.81 to $11.72. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 1, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 5.8% (+85 cents). It saw one of its worst periods between February 16, 2011 and February 24, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 5.2% (-81 cents).