On a trading day that saw the S&P 500 gain 0.8%, 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. Entering today's trading, XLP was up 0.5% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 was down 1.9%.
MGPI Processing (MGPI) was a major loser in the sector, falling 10% (-41 cents) to close at $3.69 with 22,487 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $3.51 to $4.11.
Increasing 4.8% (+68 cents) to close at $14.72, John B. Sanfilippo & Son (JBSS) was a major gainer in the sector. Today, 31,783 shares traded hands. The stock traded in a range of $13.89 to $14.78. Share price increased over the last three months, now up $2.95 (25.1%) from $11.77 on March 13, 2012.
Seneca Foods (SENEA) rose 2.8% to close at $23.26, cross its 50-day moving average of $23.07 and 200-day moving average of $24.29. Synutra International (SYUT) declined 2.4% to close at $5.39, moving below its 50-day moving average of $5.38 and 200-day moving average of $5.58.
CHS (CHSCP) fell 0.2% to close at $30.17, moving down to 1.6% above its 200-day moving average of $29.69.
Ecolab (ECL) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $66.63 to top the previous high of $66.10.