During trading today, both the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) and the S&P500 showed little movement.
While being down today, the ETF, as a proxy for sector performance, tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLP was unchanged over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 was down 2.1%.
Le Gaga Holdings Ltd ADR (GAGA) was a major loser in the sector, falling 6.3% (-25 cents) to close at $3.75 with 10,762 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $3.61 to $3.90.
Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) was a major gainer in the sector, rising 3.2% (+$1.24) to close at $40.58 with 95,903 shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $39.50 to $40.89. Share price is up $4.10 (11.2%) from $36.48 on July 27, 2012.
Smithfield Foods (SFD) declined 2.2% to close at $18.82, moving below its 50-day moving average of $18.98 and 200-day moving average of $20.51.
TreeHouse Foods (THS) rose 1% to close at $51.76, approaching its 50-day moving average of $54.04. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $57.22.
Campbell Soup (CPB) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $35.46 to top the previous high of $35.
Star Scientific (STSI) hit a new 52-week low today, hitting $3.83 to fall below the previous low of $3.95.