The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little change during trading today while the S&P 500 rose 0.5%.
The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past week. Going into trading today, XLP was down 0.3% over the last seven trading days while the S&P 500 went up 1.9%.
Nu Skin (NUS) was a major loser in the sector, falling 9.2% (-$4.50) to close at $44.36 with 13.5 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $42.65 to $49.27. The stock has been slipping recently, and shares are down $6.65 (-13%) from a price of $51.01 on July 31, 2012.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 8.5%. The stock closed at $23.30 with 8.3 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $21.47 to $23.52. Share price has been climbing, and is up $5.04 (27.6%) from a price of $18.26 on July 31, 2012.
Nature's Sunshine Prod (NATR) rose 4.2% to close at $15.86, crossing its 50-day moving average of $15.29. Meanwhile, National Beverage (FIZZ) dropped 2.1% to close at $14.43, moving below its 200-day moving average or $15.09.
Diamond Foods (DMND) rose 3.6% to close at $17.30, approaching its 50-day moving average of $17.76. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $22.48. Reynolds American (CHD) fell 1.9% to close at $45.69, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $45.23. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $51.82.
Deluxe Corporation (DLX) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $28.89 to top the previous high of $28.80.
Smithfield Foods (SFD) hit a new 52-week low today, hitting $17.55 to fall below the previous low of $17.75.