The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) held steady during a trading day that saw the S&P 500 grow 0.2%.
The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past week. Going into trading today, the S&P 500 was up 1.8% over the last seven trading days, but XLP was down 0.1%.
Increasing 6.9% (+33 cents) to close at $5.10, Le Gaga Holdings Ltd ADR (GAGA) was a major gainer in the sector. Today, 287,110 shares traded hands. The stock traded in a range of $4.85 to $5.10.
Imperial Sugar Company (IPSU) was one of the sector's big losers, as its price dropped 6.7% (-30 cents) to close at $4.17. 654,757 shares of the stock moved. The stock traded between $4.11 and $4.54. The stock has been on a downward trajectory over the last two months, declining $1.58 (-27.5%) from a price of $5.75 on February 29, 2012.
Oil-Dri Corporation of America (ODC) rose 2.9% to close at $21.29, crossing its 50-day moving average of $20.71.
Seneca Foods (SENEA) rose 2.7% to close at $23.85, approaching its 50-day moving average of $24.81. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $24.45.
Blyth (BTH) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $90.00 to top the previous high of $88.49.