During trading today, the Consumer/Non-Cyclical sector (XLP) showed little change while the S&P 500 fell 0.1%.

As a proxy for the sector, the ETF tracked closer to the overall market today than over the past month. Entering today's trading, XLP was down 0.3% over the last thirty trading days while the S&P 500 climbed 2%.

Sanderson Farms (SAFM) was a significant gainer in the sector, rising 8.5%. The stock closed at $44.05 with 1.8 million shares moving. The stock traded in a range of $42.03 to $44.55. Share price is up $7.26 (19.7%) from $36.79 on July 30, 2012.

PURE Bioscience (PURE) was a major loser in the sector. Its price dropped 6.7% (-20 cents) to close at $2.78, as 29,014 shares moved. The stock traded in a range of $2.77 to $2.95.

Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A. (CRESY) fell 1.5% to close at $8.32, crossing its 50-day moving average of $8.38. Meanwhile, Zep (ZEP) climbed 3.2% to close at $14.95, moving past its 200-day moving average of $14.57.

TreeHouse Foods (THS) rose 1.2% to close at $52.40, approaching its 50-day moving average of $53.86. It has also moved closer to its 200-day moving average of $57.16.

HJ Heinz (HNZ) hit a new 52-week high today, reaching $58.31 to top the previous high of $56.59.