The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little movement while the S&P 500 gained 2% 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 2.1% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 climbed 1.9%.
Seneca Foods (SENEA) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 12.1%. The stock closed at $25.06 with 16,315 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $23.13 to $25.47. The stock has been going in a negative direction over the last month, dropping $3.88 (-13.4%) from a price of $28.94 on July 5, 2012.
Castle Brands (ROX) was a major loser in the sector, falling 6.9% (-2 cents) to close at 27 cents with 8,200 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of 25 cents to 28 cents.
Standard Register (SR) fell 5.6% to close at 84 cents, crossing its 50-day moving average of 78 cents. Meanwhile, Limoneira Company (LMNR) climbed 7.4% to close at $17.55, moving past its 200-day moving average of $16.64.
Blyth (BTH) rose 9.9% to close at $36.80, approaching its 50-day moving average of $38.62. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $60.04.
Kraft Foods (KFT) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $40.89 to top the previous high of $40.29.