The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) held steady on a trading day that saw S&P 500 drop 0.2%.
The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past week. Going into trading today, XLP was up 0.5% over the last seven trading days while the S&P 500 went up 2.6%.
Smart Balance (SMBL) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 5.5% (+46 cents) to close at $8.78 with 897,590 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $8.20 to $8.79.
Procter & Gamble (PG) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 2.9% (-$1.82) to close at $60.39, as 38.7 million shares moved. The stock traded in a range of $59.74 to $60.89. The stock is down over the last three months, having fallen $7.04 (-10.4%) from $67.43 on March 23, 2012.
Bunge (BG) rose 3.3% to close at $60.96, crossing its 50-day moving average of $60.85. Meanwhile, Oil-Dri Corporation of America (ODC) dropped 2.2% to close at $19.85, moving below its 200-day moving average or $20.33.
Sara Lee (SLE) rose 3.3% to close at $19.23, approaching its 50-day moving average of $20.54. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $20.28.