The Basic Materials sector (XLB) showed little movement while the S&P 500 gained 0.7% during trading today.
The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked farther from the overall market today than over the past week. Entering today's trading, XLB was up 1.9% over the last seven trading days while the S&P 500 climbed 1.7%.
AuRico Gold (AUQ) was a major loser in the sector, falling 12.2% (-92 cents) to close at $6.62 with 14.2 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $6.23 to $6.80.
Mosaic (MOS) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 5.1%. The stock closed at $58.21 with 10.3 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $56.69 to $59.
Minerals Technologies (MTX) rose 2.6% to close at $65.04, cross its 50-day moving average of $63.44 and 200-day moving average of $63.40.
Rockwood Holdings (ROC) rose 2.6% to close at $42.63, approaching its 50-day moving average of $44.79. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $47.98. Haynes International (MDM) fell 2.2% to close at $51.36, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $51.06. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $4.53.
Packaging Corp Of America (PKG) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $30.91 to top the previous high of $30.61.