On a trading day that saw the S&P 500 gain 0.1%, the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little change.
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The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLP was up 2.4% over the last thirty trading days. The S&P 500, in comparison, went up 4.7%.
Coffee (JVA) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 13.1% (+76 cents) to close at $6.58 with 786,857 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $5.83 to $6.63. Shares price has risen $1.08 (19.6%) from $5.50 on August 1, 2012.
TreeHouse Foods (THS) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 8.6% (-$4.75) to close at $50.77, as two million shares moved. The stock traded between $50.73 and $54.65. Over the last month, the share price has dropped $9.32 (-15.5%) from $60.09 on July 10, 2012.
Universal (UVV) rose 2% to close at $46.38, cross its 50-day moving average of $45.76 and 200-day moving average of $45.77. Snyder S Lance (LNCE) declined 4.1% to close at $23.18, moving below its 50-day moving average of $24.04 and 200-day moving average of $24.33.
Nature's Sunshine Prod (NATR) fell 2.6% to close at $15.45, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $15.32. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $15.17. Tyson Foods (TSN) rose 8.1% to close at $15.97, approaching its 50-day moving average of $16.37. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $18.27.