YUM! Brands and McDonald’s Lead These Services Stocks Higher in a Down Market: MCD, WAG, YUM, WM, RSG

Through early trading on Friday, September 30, 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.

McDonald’s Corporation (NYSE:MCD) is among the top price gainers in the sector. Its shares are trading at $89.40, up 62 cents (+0.7%) from the previous close of $88.78. McDonald’s franchises and operates fast food restaurants worldwide.

Stock Price Performance: From August 3, 2011, to September 29, 2011, the stock price had risen $3.81 (4.5%) from $84.97 to $88.78. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 28, 2010 and November 8, 2010 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 2.4% (+$1.78). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 3.9% (-$3.47).

Shares of Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) are trading at $32.82, up 29 cents (+0.9%) from the previous close of $32.53. Walgreen operates a chain of retail drug stores.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to September 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $10.59 (-24.6%) from $43.12 to $32.53. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between May 6, 2011 and May 16, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 6.6% (+$2.75). It saw one of its worst periods between May 27, 2011 and June 7, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 1.8% (-78 cents).

YUM! Brands Inc. (NYSE:YUM) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $49.81, which is 27 cents (+0.5%) above the previous close of $49.54. Yum Brands develops, operates, franchises and licenses a system of restaurants.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to September 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $6.36 (-11.4%) from $55.90 to $49.54. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between January 28, 2011 and February 8, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 6.9% (+$3.16). It saw one of its worst periods between March 10, 2011 and March 16, 2011 when shares fell for five straight trading days, falling 3.8% (-$1.98).

Shares of Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE:WM) are trading at $32.81, up 45 cents (+1.4%) from the previous close of $32.37. Waste Management is a provider of integrated waste services in North America. It provides collection, transfer, recycling, disposal and waste-to-energy services.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to September 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $4.97 (-13.3%) from $37.34 to $32.37. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 7, 2011 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 3.3% (+$1.19). It saw one of its worst periods between July 21, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for nine straight trading days, falling 16.2% (-$5.85).

Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE:RSG) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $28.28, which is 11 cents (+0.6%) above the previous close of $28.10. Republic Services offers non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling and disposal services in the U.S.

Stock Price Performance: From July 6, 2011, to September 29, 2011, the stock price had fallen $2.98 (-9.6%) from $31.08 to $28.10. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 21, 2011 and May 3, 2011 when shares rose for eight straight trading days, rising 7.6% (+$2.23). It saw one of its worst periods between July 7, 2011 and July 18, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 7.4% (-$2.32).

 

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