The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little change during trading today while the S&P 500 rose 1.1%.
The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLP was up 1.9% over the last thirty trading days. The S&P 500, in comparison, went up 0.1%.
Agria Corporation (GRO) was one of the sector's big losers, as its price dropped 8.9% (-9 cents) to close at 92 cents. 69,373 shares of the stock moved. The stock traded in a range of 90 cents to $1.03. The stock is down over the last two months, having fallen 23 cents (-20%) from a price of $1.15 on April 17, 2012.
Coca-Cola HBC (CCH) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 7.9% (+$1.25) to close at $16.99 with 58,710 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $16.52 to $16.99. The stock is down over the last three months, having fallen $2.56 (-13.1%) from $19.55 on March 19, 2012.
Seneca Foods (SENEA) rose 7.7% to close at $24.04, crossing its 50-day moving average of $22.90. Meanwhile, Farmer Brothers (FARM) dropped 1.1% to close at $7.50, moving below its 200-day moving average or $8.74.
Oil-Dri Corporation of America (ODC) rose 5.2% to close at $19.47, approaching its 50-day moving average of $19.75. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $20.33.
Brown-Forman (BF.B) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $91.17 to top the previous high of $90.50.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) hit a new 52-week low today, hitting $20.04 to fall below the previous low of $20.72.