Urban Outfitters and 4 Retail Stocks Moving to the Downside: SHLD, FDO, URBN, BIG, CHS

Through most of the trading day on Friday, October 7, 2011, these stocks are bringing down 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.

Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD) is among the price losers in the sector as its stock price is $61.80, down $1.64 (-2.7%) from the previous close of $63.51. 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 September 8, 2011, to October 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $9.08 (16.7%) from $54.43 to $63.51. 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).

Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE:FDO) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $52.24, which is 73 cents (-1.5%) below the previous close of $53.05. Family Dollar Stores operates more than 6,600 retail discount stores across the United States, offering consumables, home products, apparel accessories, seasonal and electronics.

Stock Price Performance: From August 10, 2011, to October 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $6.94 (15.1%) from $46.11 to $53.05. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 9, 2011 and September 20, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7% (+$3.51). 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% (-$9.15).

Urban Outfitters, Inc. (NASDAQ:URBN) stocks are trading at $23.68. This is 34 cents (-1.6%) below the previous close of $24.06, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. Urban Outfitters is engaged in the general consumer product retail and wholesale business, selling to customers through various channels including retail stores, catalogs and web sites.

Stock Price Performance: From July 13, 2011, to October 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.79 (-24.5%) from $31.85 to $24.06. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between February 2, 2011 and February 14, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 12.4% (+$4.18). It saw one of its worst periods between August 31, 2011 and September 9, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 6.2% (-$1.62).

Shares of Big Lots Inc. (NYSE:BIG) are trading at $33.45, down 74 cents (-2.4%) from the previous close of $34.28. Big Lots operates as a broadline closeout retailer through its subsidiaries in the United States. It sells a number of products, including food, home decor, and furniture.

Stock Price Performance: From August 10, 2011, to October 6, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.32 (14.4%) from $29.96 to $34.28. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 18, 2011 and March 25, 2011 when shares rose for six straight trading days, rising 6% (+$2.45). It saw one of its worst periods between July 26, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 20.1% (-$7.32).

Chico’s FAS, Inc. (NYSE:CHS) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $12.06, down 22 cents (-1.9%) from the previous close of $12.29. Chico’s FAS 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 13, 2011, to October 6, 2011, the stock price had fallen $3.54 (-22.4%) from $15.83 to $12.29. 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 19.9% (+$1.98). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 12.5% (-$1.89).