While the S&P 500 grew 1.8%, the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little movement during trading today.
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 4.8% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 climbed 4.1%.
Starbucks (SBUX) was one of the sector's big losers, as its price dropped 9.4% (-$4.94) to close at $47.47. 28.4 million shares of the stock moved. The stock traded in a range of $46.12 to $48.20. The stock has fallen over the last three months, dropping $10.19 (-17.7%) from $57.66 on May 1, 2012.
The Andersons (ANDE) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 5.9%. The stock closed at $38.49 with 127,798 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $36.45 to $38.79. Over the last three months, the stock has lost $11.58 (-23.1%) from a price of $50.07 on May 1, 2012.
Seneca Foods (SENEA) rose 5.5% to close at $27.27, cross its 50-day moving average of $26.23 and 200-day moving average of $25.11.
Universal (UVV) rose 2.5% to close at $45.15, approaching its 50-day moving average of $45.95. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $45.79.
USANA Health (USNA) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $45.39 to top the previous high of $44.
Tianli Agritech (OINK) hit a new 52-week low today, hitting $1 to fall below the previous low of $1.05.