Published August 24, 2012
The Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) held steady during a trading day that saw the S&P 500 grow 0.6%.
Although it went in the opposite direction of the market today, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLP was up 1.1% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 was up 3.9%.
Tianli Agritech (OINK) was a major loser in the sector, falling 11.8% (-14 cents) to close at $1.06 with 25,134 shares moving. The stock traded between 92 cents and $1.22. Over the last three months, the stock has lost 39 cents (-27%) from a price of $1.45 on May 30, 2012.
Coca-Cola HBC (CCH) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 3.9% (+70 cents) to close at $18.80 with 15,406 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $18.34 to $18.80. Share price improved over the last three months, now up $3.34 (21.6%) from $15.46 on May 30, 2012.
Coffee (JVA) fell 1.1% to close at $6.03, crossing its 50-day moving average of $5.85. Meanwhile, Nature's Sunshine Prod (NATR) climbed 3.4% to close at $15.25, moving past its 200-day moving average of $15.08.
Nu Skin (NUS) rose 2.1% to close at $42.55, approaching its 50-day moving average of $45.23. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $48.34.
The Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $70.74 to top the previous high of $68.30.
Staples (SPLS) hit a new 52-week low today, hitting $10.78 to fall below the previous low of $10.92.