While the S&P 500 grew 0.1%, the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little movement during trading today.
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 1.4% over the last thirty trading days. The S&P 500, in comparison, went up 3.4%.
Staples (SPLS) was a major loser in the sector, falling 14.6% (-$1.96) to close at $11.49 with 93.8 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $10.99 to $11.63. The stock has seen some negative movement recently as shares are down $1.84 (-13.8%) from a price of $13.33 on August 8, 2012.
Physicians Formula Holdings (FACE) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 14.4%. The stock closed at $4.21 with 2.1 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $4.21 to $4.24.
Seneca Foods (SENEA) rose 5% to close at $26.35, cross its 50-day moving average of $26.00 and 200-day moving average of $25.15. Standard Register (SR) declined 10.9% to close at 82 cents, moving below its 50-day moving average of 82 cents and 200-day moving average of $1.10.
Sanderson Farms (SAFM) rose 4.1% to close at $40.43, approaching its 50-day moving average of $40.67. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $48.06. Starbucks (SBUX) rose 3.6% to close at $48.10, getting closer to its 200-day moving average or $51.78.
Constellation Brands (STZ) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $32.25 to top the previous high of $31.