The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) held steady during a trading day that saw the S&P 500 grow 1.6%.
The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. As trading began today, XLP was up 4.2% over the last thirty trading days, and the S&P 500 climbed 3.2%.
Nu Skin (NUS) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 10.3%. The stock closed at $48.55 with 2.6 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $45 to $50. Shares are up over the last two months, having risen $5.06 (11.6%) from a price of $43.49 on May 29, 2012.
Le Gaga Holdings Ltd ADR (GAGA) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 7.4% (-25 cents) to close at $3.11, as 16,851 shares moved. The stock traded in a range of $3.09 to $3.46.
Unilever (UN) rose 6.8% to close at $34.28, cross its 50-day moving average of $32.47 and 200-day moving average of $33.02.
John B. Sanfilippo & Son (HOGS) fell 2.2% to close at $17.27, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $17.01. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $9.86. Herbalife (HLF) rose 5.9% to close at $51.14, getting closer to its 200-day moving average or $55.34.
Unibail-Rodamco (UL) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $35.79 to top the previous high of $34.77.