These College Stocks are Pushing the Services Sector to Higher Ground

Pearson’s (NYSE:PSO) acquisition of Connections Education for $400 million is giving college stocks a boost today. Through early trading on Thursday, September 15, 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.

DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $41.10, up 88 cents (+2.2%) from the previous close of $40.22. Through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, DeVry, Inc. owns and operates DeVry University, Chamberlain College of Nursing, U.S. Education, Ross University, Becker Professional Education and Advanced Academics.

Stock Price Performance: From July 19, 2011, to September 14, 2011, the stock price had fallen $25.69 (-39%) from $65.91 to $40.22. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 28, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 9.1% (+$4.59). It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 15.3% (-$9.50).

American Campus Communities, Inc. (NYSE:ACC) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $39.91, up 88 cents (+2.2%) from the previous close of $39.03. American Campus Communities, Inc. is a real estate investment trust, which owns, manages and develops high quality student housing properties in the United States in terms of beds owned, developed and under management.

Stock Price Performance: From June 20, 2011, to September 14, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.66 (13.6%) from $34.37 to $39.03. It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 12.3% (-$4.52). The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 16, 2010 and December 30, 2010 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 5.6% (+$1.63).

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Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $44.80, up $1.37 (+3.2%) from the previous close of $43.43. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. operates hotel and leisure business. Its brand names include St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin and Le Mridien.

Stock Price Performance: From July 18, 2011, to September 13, 2011, the stock price had fallen $12.99 (-23.7%) from $54.84 to $41.85. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 14, 2011 and April 21, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 7.4% (+$4.21). It saw one of its worst periods between March 30, 2011 and April 11, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 3.3% (-$1.91).

KT Corporation (NYSE:KT) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $17.05, up 51 cents (+3.1%) from the previous close of $16.55. KT Corporation is a telecommunications service provider in Korea and Asia.

Stock Price Performance: From July 19, 2011, to September 14, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.55 (-13.4%) from $19.10 to $16.55. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between August 10, 2011 and August 23, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 14% (+$2.17). It saw one of its worst periods between August 3, 2011 and August 10, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 21.4% (-$4.23).

Jones Lang Lasalle Inc. (NYSE:JLL) is among the sector price gainers, as its shares are trading at $61.80, up $1.24 (+2%) from the previous close of $60.56. Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc. provides integrated real estate and investment management expertise on a local, regional and global level to owner, occupier and investor clients.

Stock Price Performance: From July 19, 2011, to September 14, 2011, the stock price had fallen $31.58 (-34.3%) from $92.14 to $60.56. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 9, 2010 and December 22, 2010 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 8% (+$6.39). It saw one of its worst periods between July 29, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 26.7% (-$22.75).