The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) held steady during a trading day that saw the S&P 500 grow 2.5%.

The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked farther from the overall market today than over the past month. As trading began today, XLP was up 2.9% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 climbed 3.5%.

Increasing 9.3% (+$1.38) to close at $16.22, Limoneira Company (LMNR) was a major gainer in the sector. Today, 23,727 shares traded hands. The stock traded in a range of $15.11 to $16.23. The stock has seen some positive movement recently as shares are up 88 cents (5.7%) from a price of $15.34 on June 22, 2012.

Mead Johnson Nutrition (MJN) was one of the sector's big losers, as its price dropped 6% (-$5.14) to close at $80.51. 7.2 million shares of the stock moved. The stock traded between $79.08 and $84.74. Shares are down, having dropped $8.13 (-9.2%) from a price of $88.64 on June 22, 2012.

Companhia de Bebidas das Americas (ABV) rose 5.5% to close at $38.33, cross its 50-day moving average of $37.73 and 200-day moving average of $38.48.

Peet's Coffee & Tea (PEET) rose 4.8% to close at $60.04, approaching its 50-day moving average of $60.97. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $64.38. Universal (UVV) fell 0.2% to close at $46.33, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $45.50. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $45.55.

Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $79.65 to top the previous high of $75.08.