On a trading day that saw the S&P 500 gain 0.1%, the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little change.
As a proxy for the sector, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLP was down 0.6% over the last thirty trading days. The S&P 500, in comparison, went up -3.7%.
Ralcorp Holdings (RAH) was a major loser in the sector, falling 5.4% (-$3.72) to close at $65.70 with 1.5 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $63.56 to $67.61. The stock has fallen over the last three months, dropping $9.24 (-12.3%) from $74.94 on February 27, 2012.
Increasing 5.3% (+21 cents) to close at $4.19, Central European Distribution (CEDC) was a major gainer in the sector. Today, 1.3 million shares traded hands. The stock traded in a range of $3.68 to $4.19. Over the last three months, the stock has lost $1.34 (-24.2%) from a price of $5.53 on February 27, 2012.
Diamond Foods (DMND) declined 2.9% to close at $22.47, moving below its 50-day moving average of $22.23 and 200-day moving average of $31.10. Clorox (CLX) rose 0.9% to close at $69, crossing its 50-day moving average of $68.87.
Peet's Coffee & Tea (PEET) rose 4% to close at $64.29, approaching its 50-day moving average of $68.31. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $65.01. Diageo plc (DEO) fell 2% to close at $93.42, moving down to 1% above its 200-day moving average of $92.48.