On a trading day that saw the S&P 500 gain 0.1%, the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little change.
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 0.7% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 was down 3.3%.
Increasing 12.6% (+46 cents) to close at $4.10, MGPI Processing (MGPI) was a major gainer in the sector. Today, 43,818 shares traded hands. The stock traded in a range of $3.45 to $4.19.
Alliance One International (AOI) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 6.5% (-20 cents) to close at $2.88, as 391,437 shares moved. The stock traded in a range of $2.80 to $3.12. The stock has fallen over the last three months, dropping 64 cents (-18.2%) from $3.52 on March 12, 2012.
A.T. Cross Company (ATX) declined 4% to close at $10.32, moving below its 50-day moving average of $10.62 and 200-day moving average of $10.79.
Owens Corning (OC) rose 2.6% to close at $28.95, approaching its 50-day moving average of $31.64. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $31.68. United Natural Foods (LANC) fell 3.2% to close at $50.32, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $49.74. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $66.35.
Ecolab (ECL) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $66.10 to top the previous high of $65.60.