The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little change during trading today while the S&P 500 rose 0.2%.
As a proxy for the sector, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. As trading began today, XLP was up 2.2% over the last thirty trading days, and the S&P 500 climbed 3%.
Star Scientific (CIGX) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 12.8% (+51 cents) to close at $4.50 with 2.9 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $4.02 to $4.50. Share price increased over the last three months, now up $1.10 (32.4%) from $3.40 on May 9, 2012.
John B. Sanfilippo & Son (JBSS) rose 10.4% to close at $18.70, cross its 50-day moving average of $17.24 and 200-day moving average of $13.85.
Avon Products (AVP) rose 4.7% to close at $15.59, approaching its 50-day moving average of $15.65. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $17.79. Fomento Economico Mexicano SAB (NATR) fell 1.1% to close at $86.30, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $86.22. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $15.17.
Tyson Foods (TSN) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 8% (-$1.23) to close at $14.17, as 17.9 million shares moved. The stock traded between $14.06 and $15.46. Over the last three months, the stock has lost $5.33 (-27.3%) from a price of $19.50 on May 9, 2012.
USANA Health (USNA) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $46.72 to top the previous high of $45.54.