While the S&P 500 grew 0.4%, the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little movement during trading today.
J&J Snack Foods (JJSF) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 13.7%. The stock closed at $55.68 with 227,554 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $51.33 to $57.64. Share price climbed over the last three months, now up $5.70 (11.4%) from $49.98 on January 26, 2012.
Tianli Agritech (OINK) was one of the sector's big losers, as its price dropped 7.1% (-14 cents) to close at $1.82. 61,016 shares of the stock moved. The stock traded between $1.82 and $1.95. Shares have been on on the rise over the past three months, climbing 10 cents (5.8%) from a price of $1.72 on March 23, 2012.
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (PPC) rose 7.2% to close at $7.13, cross its 50-day moving average of $6.96 and 200-day moving average of $5.85. Reynolds American (RAI) declined 5% to close at $39.65, moving below its 50-day moving average of $41.53 and 200-day moving average of $40.37.
National Beverage (FIZZ) rose 3.2% to close at $14.39, approaching its 50-day moving average of $15.30. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $16.03. Lorillard (UVV) fell 1.6% to close at $134.82, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $132.95. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $44.74.