Published August 22, 2012
During trading today, both the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) and the S&P500 showed little movement.
The ETF, as a proxy for the sector, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. As trading began today, XLP was up 2.7% over the last thirty trading days, and the S&P 500 climbed 5.9%.
Increasing 7.9% (+43 cents) to close at $5.90, S&W Seed Company (SANW) was a major gainer in the sector. Today, 10,974 shares traded hands. The stock traded in a range of $5.27 to $5.90.
Blyth (BTH) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 7% (-$3.02) to close at $40.30, as 539,728 shares moved. The stock traded in a range of $40.05 to $43.35.
Diamond Foods (DMND) declined 3.6% to close at $19.65, moving below its 50-day moving average of $17.89 and 200-day moving average of $21.63. Ecolab (ECL) rose 2.2% to close at $67.29, crossing its 50-day moving average of $66.15.
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation (PPC) rose 2.9% to close at $5.03, approaching its 50-day moving average of $5.18. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $6.38. Limoneira Company (ZEP) fell 2.9% to close at $17.27, moving closer to its 50-day moving average of $17.22. Also, the stock moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $14.57.