The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) held steady during a trading day that saw the S&P 500 grow 0.2%.
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. At the start of trading today, XLP was down 0.3% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 was down 3.4%.
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (PPC) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 5.9%. The stock closed at $7.88 with 2.9 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $7.33 to $8.15. Share price is up, having risen $1.23 (18.5%) from $6.65 on April 23, 2012.
Seneca Foods (SENEA) was one of the sector's big losers, as its price dropped 5.8% (-$1.38) to close at $22.50. 18,272 shares of the stock moved. The stock traded between $22.28 and $24.43. Over the last three months, the stock has lost $4.82 (-17.6%) from a price of $27.32 on February 24, 2012.
The Female Health Company (FHCO) rose 4.7% to close at $5.77, cross its 50-day moving average of $5.51 and 200-day moving average of $5.08. National Beverage (FIZZ) declined 3.6% to close at $14.19, moving below its 50-day moving average of $14.67 and 200-day moving average of $15.75.
Corn Products International (CPO) rose 0.7% to close at $52.41, approaching its 50-day moving average of $55.65. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $53.93. Coca-Cola FEMSA S.A.B. de C.V. (ANDE) fell 0.5% to close at $109.59, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $106.43. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $44.50.