NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Strong consumer spending makes for a stronger consumer staples exchange-traded fund.
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP) consists of 40 companies including three components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. This exchange-traded fund, at $49.50 has a year-to-date gain of 15% through Christmas Evem beating the 13% gain for the S&P 500.
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Before showing the daily and weekly charts for this ETF, here's a brief look at four of its best-known components.
Dow component Procter & Gamble (PG) is up 15% year to date and helped the Dow 30 reach its all-time intraday high at 18086 on Christmas Eve with an all-time high of its own at $93.89. This stock outperformed the Dow 30 as the index has a year-to-date gain of 8.8%.
Dow component Wal-Mart (WMT) has a solid gain of 11% year to date setting an all-time intraday high at $88.09 on Nov. 28. The momentum phase for this big box retailer was a gain of 21% from a low of $72.61 on Oct.16 to $88.09 into Nov. 28.
Dow component Coca-Cola (KO) had a huge negative jolt of volatility recently. The stock set an all-time intraday high at $45 on Nov. 28 then plunged 12% to as low as $39.80 on Dec.16. For the year, Coke has a gain of 4.5% for the year to date.
Here's the daily chart for the Consumer Staples Sector SPDR.
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The daily chart for the consumer staples sector ETF shows the ETF entered 2014 above its 200-day simple moving average (green line) at $41.13, then declined to a test of this moving average between Jan. 27 and Feb. 20 as this average rose from $41.34 to $41.35.