IBM and Oracle Lead Climbing Stocks in the Technology Sector: IBM, ORCL, BRCM, APH, IDCC

Through early trading, these stocks are helping the Technology (NYSE:XLK) 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.

Shares of International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM) are trading at $176.59, up $1.87 (+1.1%) from the previous close of $174.72. International Business Machines Corp. creates integrated solutions that leverage information technology and a deep knowledge of business processes for clients.

Stock Price Performance: From August 22, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $15.74 (9.9%) from $158.98 to $174.72. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 4, 2010 and October 14, 2010 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 4.6% (+$6.15). It saw one of its worst periods between August 29, 2011 and September 6, 2011 when shares fell for six straight trading days, falling 4.4% (-$7.51).

Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $30.37, which is $2.02 (+7.1%) above the previous close of $28.35. Oracle Corp. develops, manufactures, markets, distributes and services software designed to help its customers manage and grow their businesses.

Stock Price Performance: From August 19, 2011, to September 19, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.24 (17.1%) from $24.78 to $29.02. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between April 18, 2011 and May 2, 2011 when shares rose for 10 straight trading days, rising 8.2% (+$2.74). It saw one of its worst periods between July 22, 2011 and August 2, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 9.2% (-$3.00).

Shares of Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ:BRCM) are trading at $36.52, up 72 cents (+2%) from the previous close of $35.81. Broadcom Corporation manufactures semiconductors for wired and wireless communications.

Stock Price Performance: From August 22, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.25 (13.5%) from $31.56 to $35.81. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between September 12, 2011 and September 20, 2011 when shares rose for seven straight trading days, rising 8.3% (+$2.75). It saw one of its worst periods between February 4, 2011 and February 23, 2011 when shares fell for 13 straight trading days, falling 12.3% (-$5.58).

Amphenol Corporation (NYSE:APH) is one of the top price gainers. Its stock price is $43.37, which is 50 cents (+1.2%) above the previous close of $42.87. Amphenol Corporation designs and makes electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems and coaxial and flat-ribbon cable.

Stock Price Performance: From June 24, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had fallen $7.94 (-15.6%) from $50.81 to $42.87. 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 7.9% (+$4.03). It saw one of its worst periods between February 11, 2011 and February 23, 2011 when shares fell for eight straight trading days, falling 3.6% (-$2.08).

Shares of InterDigital, Inc. (NASDAQ:IDCC) are trading at $61.48, up $2.08 (+3.5%) from the previous close of $59.40. InterDigital, Inc. designs and develops advanced digital wireless technology solutions.

Stock Price Performance: From June 24, 2011, to September 20, 2011, the stock price had risen $21.18 (55.4%) from $38.22 to $59.40. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between October 19, 2010 and October 29, 2010 when shares rose for nine straight trading days, rising 14.4% (+$4.20). It saw one of its worst periods between May 31, 2011 and June 8, 2011 when shares fell for seven straight trading days, falling 18.2% (-$7.80).