Walmart and 4 Stocks in the Retail Sector Investors are Tossing Away: WMT, BBBY, ROST, SHLD, BIG

Through most of the trading day on Wednesday, September 28, 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.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) is among the price losers in the sector as its stock price is $51.82, down 26 cents (-0.4%) from the previous close of $52.03. Wal-Mart Stores operates Walmart discount stores, supercenters, Neighborhood Markets and Sam’s Club locations in the United States.

Stock Price Performance: From August 29, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had dropped $1.16 (-2.2%) from $53.19 to $52.03. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 25, 2011 and May 3, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 3.9% (+$2.06). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 4, 2011 when shares fell for 10 straight trading days, falling 8.1% (-$4.39).

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) is among the price losers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $59.31, which is 14 cents (-0.2%) below the previous close of $59.43. Bed Bath & Beyond is a chain of retail stores that sells products for the home. .

Stock Price Performance: From August 29, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.44 (4.3%) from $56.99 to $59.43. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between December 6, 2010 and December 14, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.6% (+$3.01). It saw one of its worst periods between March 3, 2011 and March 10, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 6.6% (-$3.25).

Ross Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ:ROST) stocks are trading at $80.52. This is 5 cents (-0.1%) below the previous close of $80.56, making the company one of the biggest price losers in the sector today. Ross Stores operates two chains of off-price retail apparel and home accessories stores in the U.S. and Guam.

Stock Price Performance: From August 26, 2011, to September 26, 2011, the stock price had risen $7.51 (10.2%) from $73.44 to $80.95. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 19, 2010 and October 27, 2010 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 3.7% (+$2.05). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 5% (-$4.06).

Shares of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ:SHLD) are trading at $57.11, down 79 cents (-0.7%) from the previous close of $57.51. 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 July 1, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had fallen $14.62 (-20.3%) from $72.13 to $57.51. 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).

Big Lots Inc. (NYSE:BIG) is one of the sector losers in price. Its shares are trading at $35.37, down 24 cents (-0.5%) from the previous close of $35.54. 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 September 21, 2011, to September 27, 2011, the stock price had risen $2.82 (8.6%) from $32.72 to $35.54. 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).

 

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