During trading today, both the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) and the S&P500 showed little movement.
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 0.1% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 was down 2%.
Dole Food Company (DOLE) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 7.7%. The stock closed at $9.39 with 1.9 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $8.29 to $9.53. The stock has seen some positive movement recently as shares are up $1.04 (12.5%) from a price of $8.35 on April 27, 2012.
Estee Lauder Cos (EL) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 5.3% (-$3.43) to close at $60.72, as 4.3 million shares moved. The stock traded in a range of $60.27 to $62.62. Shares are down $4.51 (-6.9%) from a price of $65.23 on April 27, 2012.
Agria Corporation (GRO) rose 2.7% to close at $1.14, cross its 50-day moving average of $1.12 and 200-day moving average of $1.12.
Diamond Foods (DMND) rose 2.3% to close at $21.18, approaching its 50-day moving average of $22.18. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $33.84. Seaboard Corporation (RDEN) fell 3.5% to close at $1931, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $1928.25. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $36.05.
The Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $51.77 to top the previous high of $49.38.