The S&P 500 lost 0.5% while the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little movement during trading today.
The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past week. Going into trading today, the S&P 500 was up -2.4% over the last seven trading days, but XLP was down 0.2%.
Nature's Sunshine Prod (NATR) was one of the sector's big losers, as its price dropped 5.8% (-97 cents) to close at $15.71. 22,425 shares of the stock moved. The stock traded between $15.36 and $16.22. Over the last two months, shares have shown some positive movement as the price has climbed $2.50 (18.9%) from a price of $13.21 on May 14, 2012.
Increasing 4.1% (+$1.03) to close at $26.35, Calavo Growers (CVGW) was a major gainer in the sector. Today, 70,609 shares traded hands. The stock traded in a range of $25.04 to $26.42. The stock has been on a downward trajectory over the last two months, decreasing $2.34 (-8.2%) from a price of $28.69 on May 14, 2012.
Nu Skin (NUS) declined 1.2% to close at $45.05, moving below its 50-day moving average of $44.78 and 200-day moving average of $49.59. Procter & Gamble (PG) rose 3.7% to close at $63.70, crossing its 50-day moving average of $61.69.
Diamond Foods (DMND) rose 1.1% to close at $18.88, approaching its 50-day moving average of $19.32. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $24.75. HJ Heinz (HNZ) fell 0.7% to close at $54.67, moving down to 2.5% above its 200-day moving average of $53.31.