Traders Bought These Consumer Cyclical Stocks August 30th

At the close of trading, these stocks helped the Consumer Cyclical (NYSE:XLY) 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.

W.W. Grainger, Inc. (NYSE:GWW) was one of the top price gainers. It closed at $150.41, which is $1.82 (+1.2%) above the previous close of $148.59. W.W. Grainger is a distributor of facilities maintenance products and provides services and related information used by businesses and institutions throughout North America.

Stock Price Performance: From August 23, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had risen $10.44 (7.6%) from $138.15 to $148.59. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 15, 2011 and June 23, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 4.2% (+$5.99). It saw one of its worst periods between August 15, 2011 and August 19, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 5.9% (-$8.23).

Shares of Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ:MAT) closed at $27.26, up 89 cents (+3.4%) from the previous close of $26.37. Mattel Inc. designs and manufactures a variety of toys and games for customers and consumers worldwide.

Stock Price Performance: From August 23, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had risen $1.60 (6.5%) from $24.77 to $26.37. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 28, 2011 and February 9, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 9.3% (+$2.14). It saw one of its worst periods between March 24, 2011 and March 31, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 1.3% (-33 cents).

Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) was one of the top price gainers. It closed at $38.08, which is 40 cents (+1.1%) above the previous close of $37.68. Hasbro Inc. is a global company that designs, manufactures and markets games and toys to children and families.

Stock Price Performance: From July 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.24 (-16.1%) from $44.92 to $37.68. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 21, 2011 and May 2, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.6% (+$2.91). 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% (-$2.70).

Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) was among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares traded at $63.22, up $1.12 (+1.8%) from the previous close of $62.10. Whirlpool Corporation manufactures and markets appliances and products for home use. It makes washers, dryers, refrigerators, air conditioners, dishwashers, freezers, microwave ovens, ranges, trash compactors and air purifiers.

Stock Price Performance: From June 30, 2011, to August 26, 2011, the stock price had fallen $21.88 (-27.1%) from $80.61 to $58.73. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 1, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 7.8% (+$5.97). It saw one of its worst periods between July 20, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 13.9% (-$10.42).

Shares of Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE:PII) closed at $110.79, up $4.42 (+4.2%) from the previous close of $106.37. Polaris Industries, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures off-road vehicles, which includes all terrain vehicles and side-by-side vehicles for recreational and utility use, snowmobiles, and motorcycles.

Stock Price Performance: From August 1, 2011, to August 29, 2011, the stock price had dropped $11.91 (-10.1%) from $118.28 to $106.37. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 1, 2011 and March 9, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 9.7% (+$7.11). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and July 28, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 3.3% (-$4.02).