These Retailers are Outperforming the Market as Stocks are Flashing Green

Retail (NYSE:XRT) stocks are performing well as President Obama announced a new jobs package — and more jobs equals more consumption at the mall. These stocks are helping the Retail (NYSE:XRT) 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 Nordstrom Inc. (NYSE:JWN) are trading at $46.00, up $2.21 (+5%) from the previous close of $43.80. Nordstrom Inc. is a fashion retailer offering designer, luxury and quality apparel, shoes, cosmetics and accessories.

Stock Price Performance: From July 8, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.74 (-13.5%) from $50 to $43.26. 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).

The Gap, Inc. (NYSE:GPS) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $16.32, which is 63 cents (+4%) above the previous close of $15.69. The Gap is an international specialty retailer that sells casual apparel, accessories and personal care products for men, women, and children.

Stock Price Performance: From July 8, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.38 (-17.8%) from $18.98 to $15.60. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 18, 2011 when shares rose for 13 straight trading days, rising 21.1% (+$3.97). It saw one of its worst periods between August 29, 2011 and September 2, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 6.8% (-$1.14).

Shares of Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE:FDO) are trading at $52.62, up $2.27 (+4.5%) from the previous close of $50.36. Family Dollar Stores Inc. operates more than 6,600 retail discount stores across the U.S., offering consumables, home products, apparel accessories, seasonal and electronics.

Stock Price Performance: From August 5, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.38 (7%) from $48.53 to $51.91. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 27, 2010 and October 7, 2010 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 7.7% (+$3.26). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 16.9% (-$9.18).

Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $63.89, which is $3.70 (+6.1%) above the previous close of $60.19. Abercrombie & Fitch Company (A&F) is an American specialty retailer company, which, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, operates stores and direct sales of casual apparel for men, women and kids.

Stock Price Performance: From July 8, 2011, to September 2, 2011, the stock price had fallen $12.42 (-17%) from $72.85 to $60.43. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 24, 2010 and December 6, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 16.7% (+$7.98). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 13.2% (-$10.05).

Shares of Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS) are trading at $13.52, up 52 cents (+4%) from the previous close of $13. Chico’s FAS, Inc. is a national specialty retailer of private branded, sophisticated, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing gift items,.

Stock Price Performance: From July 11, 2011, to September 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.56 (-16.5%) from $15.56 to $13. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between November 16, 2010 and November 26, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 20% (+$1.99). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 12.5% (-$1.89).

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