Published August 21, 2012
The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) held steady on a trading day that saw S&P 500 drop 0.3%.
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 2.7% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 climbed 4.9%.
Reed's (REED) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 8.1%. The stock closed at $6.75 with 525,083 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $6.36 to $7.20.
Blyth (BTH) was a major loser in the sector, falling 4.9% (-$2.25) to close at $43.32 with 184,398 shares moving. The stock traded between $43.22 and $45.79.
Church & Dwight (CHD) rose 5.1% to close at $55.75, crossing its 50-day moving average of $55.19. Meanwhile, Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (CRESY) dropped 3.9% to close at $8.10, moving below its 200-day moving average or $9.53.
Nu Skin (NUS) rose 3.4% to close at $42.43, approaching its 50-day moving average of $45.66. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $48.56. Diamond Foods (DMND) rose 3.2% to close at $20.38, getting closer to its 200-day moving average or $21.68.