Published April 19, 2012
The S&P 500 lost 0.6% while the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little movement during trading today.
The ETF is 0.9% above its 50-day moving average and 4.9% above its 200-day moving average. Although it went in the opposite direction of the market today, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLP was up 1.2% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 was down 1.9%.
Feihe International (ADY) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 11.2% (+54 cents) to close at $5.38 with 1.8 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $4.77 to $5.45.
Bridgford Foods Corporation (BRID) was one of the sector's big losers, as its price dropped 8.8% (-83 cents) to close at $8.63. 3,893 shares of the stock moved. The stock traded between $8.55 and $9.43.
Unilever (UN) rose 0.8% to close at $33.59, crossing its 50-day moving average of $33.50. Meanwhile, J&J Snack Foods (JJSF) dropped 1.5% to close at $50.36, moving below its 200-day moving average or $50.83.
ZHONGPIN INC (HOGS) rose 2.9% to close at $9.78, approaching its 50-day moving average of $10.02. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $9.80.