On a trading day that saw the S&P 500 gain 0.7%, the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little change.
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Coca-Cola FEMSA S.A.B. de C.V. (KOF) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 5.5% (+$6.31) to close at $121.81 with 345,640 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $118.71 to $123.28. Share price is up $1.83 (1.5%) from $123.64 on July 18, 2012.
MGPI Processing (MGPI) was one of the sector's big losers, as its price dropped 5.1% (-17 cents) to close at $3.18. 43,826 shares of the stock moved. The stock traded between $2.98 and $3.50.
Ecolab (ECL) rose 2.6% to close at $66.77, cross its 50-day moving average of $66.17 and 200-day moving average of $63.65.
ZHONGPIN INC (HOGS) fell 1.5% to close at $10.18, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $10.12. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $9.93. Ralcorp Holdings (RAH) rose 2.1% to close at $67.06, getting closer to its 200-day moving average or $69.82.
PepsiCo (PEP) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $73.61 to top the previous high of $72.95.