These Basic Materials Stocks are Getting a Boost Now: NEM, AUY, RGLD, ALB, AVY

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Basic Materials (NYSE:XLB) 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.

Newmont Mining Corporation (Holding Company) (NYSE:NEM) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $69.70, up $3.43 (+5.2%) from the previous close of $66.27. Newmont Mining explores and acquires gold properties and produces copper.

Stock Price Performance: From June 22, 2011, to September 16, 2011, the stock price had risen $11.88 (22.1%) from $53.84 to $65.72. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 13, 2011 and May 31, 2011 when shares rose for 12 straight trading days, rising 7.2% (+$3.76). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 7.5% (-$4.19).

Yamana Gold Inc. (NYSE:AUY) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $16.70, up 71 cents (+4.5%) from the previous close of $15.99. Yamana Gold Inc. is a gold producer with significant gold production, gold development stage properties, exploration properties and land positions in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Mexico and Colombia.

Stock Price Performance: From June 23, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.55 (39.8%) from $11.44 to $15.99. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 26, 2010 and December 6, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 12.7% (+$1.42). It saw one of its worst periods between June 21, 2011 and June 27, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 2.9% (-34 cents).

Royal Gold, Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLD) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $82.21, up $2.89 (+3.6%) from the previous close of $79.32. Royal Gold Inc, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the business of acquiring and managing precious metals royalties. The Company owns royalty interests that are currently in development stage.

Stock Price Performance: From June 23, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $21.43 (37%) from $57.89 to $79.32. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 12, 2011 and April 21, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 15% (+$7.84). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 5.9% (-$3.66).

Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $46.82, up $1.15 (+2.1%) from the previous close of $45.86. Albemarle Corporation is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered specialty chemicals. Its operations are managed and reported as three operating segments: Polymer Additives, Catalysts and Fine Chemicals.

Stock Price Performance: From June 23, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had fallen $20.87 (-31.3%) from $66.73 to $45.86. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 22, 2011 and April 1, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 8.7% (+$4.80). It saw one of its worst periods between July 25, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 8% (-$5.50).

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $27.97, up 58 cents (+2.1%) from the previous close of $27.39. Avery Dennison Corp. is a global manufacturer of pressure-sensitive materials, office products and a variety of paper products. It provides businesses and consumers with identification solutions and converted products, such as tickets, tags and labels. .

Stock Price Performance: From June 23, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had fallen $10.06 (-26.9%) from $37.45 to $27.39. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 30, 2010 and December 17, 2010 when shares rose for 14 straight trading days, rising 12.7% (+$4.66). It saw one of its worst periods between April 6, 2011 and April 13, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 3.5% (-$1.47).