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  • Nov. 19, 2015, 3:25 PM
    • The FDA issues its first approval for a genetically engineered (GE) food, AquaAdvantage Salmon grown by Maynard, MA-based AquaBounty Technologies, a majority-owned subsidiary of Intrexon (XON +4.5%). The company introduces a recombinant DNA construct into the fish which enables them to grow faster and reach market size more quickly.
    • Based on its comprehensive review of the scientific evidence, the FDA determined that the GE salmon is nutritious and safe to consume with no biologically relevant differences in the nutritional profile of AquaAdvantage Salmon and other farm-raised Atlantic salmon.
    • The approval applies to only two land-based hatcheries, one in Canada and the other in Panama. No AquaAdvantage Salmon are allowed to be bred and raised in the U.S.
    • The agency regulates genetically engineered animals under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act because the rDNA construct meets the definition of a drug.
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    | Nov. 19, 2015, 3:25 PM | 1 Comment
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  • Dec. 27, 2013, 7:32 AM
    • Holiday sales rose this year by 2.3% to easily top last year's 0.7% rise, according to fresh data from MasterCard Advisors. The mark falls short of the early projections from ShopperTrak and the NRF.
    • Jewelry (ZLC, SIG, NILE, TIF) and children's clothing were two categories that showed strong gains.
    • The shift to online channels was pronounced this year with mall traffic slow.  Online sales for the holiday season were up at a double-digit pace, but also fell short of some forecasts.
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    | Dec. 27, 2013, 7:32 AM | 2 Comments
  • Dec. 18, 2013, 10:27 AM
    • A survey from Shop.org indicates that 84.2% of retailers have a standard shipping deadline for guaranteed Christmas that lands before Friday, December 20. The timing of Christmas this year (mid-week) played a factor in the drop-dead date for late shoppers.
    • An interesting side-note from the data was that 21% of retailers polled say they increased their promotion of free shipping with no conditions this year. It's another sign that although late-season sales might come in after all for retailers, margins could be razor-thin.
    • Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, ECON, IPD, KXI, BJK, RTH, PBJ, RETL, PEJ, IYK, IPS, FXG, IYC, SCC, FXD, RXI, RHS, UCC, PMR, UGE, EMCG, RCD, PSL, FDIS, FSTA, PSCC, SZK, PEZ, PSCD, EMDI, AXSL, AXDI
    | Dec. 18, 2013, 10:27 AM
  • Dec. 17, 2013, 2:38 PM
    • ShopperTrak reports retail sales fell 0.8% Y/Y last week on traffic that was almost 20% thinner as the shoppers that did venture out were all business.
    • The retail-watching group says the wintry weather mix was a big factor and predicts a decent snap back in traffic this week.
    • The opposite effect could be in play with Amazon (AMZN) and eBay (EBAY -0.9%). The e-commerce tracking data for the two companies continues to dazzle as the typical post-Cyber Monday lull has been avoided. If there is a minor dip, analysts think it could be this week with decelerating Y/Y sales growth from the pair's dizzying pace.
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    | Dec. 17, 2013, 2:38 PM
  • Jun. 18, 2013, 1:55 PM

    Not all consumer staples funds (XLP, FXG, VDC, KXI, PMR) are created equal, according to S&P Capital IQ. Fund managers' weighting toward certain sub-sectors or their willing to invest globally or lean on fundamentals can create varying rates of return in the staples group. If there is some common ground, it's with the propensity of staples favorites Procter & Gamble (PG +0.1%), Coca-Cola (KO +0.5%), Philip Morris (PM +0.2%), and Wal-Mart (WMT +1%) to show up as top ten holdings.

    | Jun. 18, 2013, 1:55 PM
  • Jan. 8, 2013, 3:29 PM
    Vanguard's recent expense reduction means 9 of its 10 sector ETFs are now the cheapest available to U.S. investors. With an annual expense ratio of just 0.14%, VOX, VPU, VCR, VDC, VDE, VHT, VIS, VGT, and VAW stack up favorably vs. the 0.18% charged  by State Street's Sector SPDRs (XLU, XLY, XLP, XLE, XLF, XLV, XLK, XLI, XLB and XTL which charges 0.35%) and the 0.47%-0.48% iShares sector ETFs (RXI, KXI, IYE, IYF, IYZ, IYH, IDU, IYW, IYM, IYJ) charge. At 0.19%, Vanguard Financials (VFH) is still slightly more expensive than the Financial SPDR (XLF).
    | Jan. 8, 2013, 3:29 PM | 2 Comments
  • Jun. 27, 2011, 9:03 AM

    JPMorgan downgrades Delhaize (DEG), saying pricing pressures, remodeling costs for Food Lion, and structural challenges stemming from a weak demographic are going to weigh down margins over the next 18 months. Shares -3.30% premarket.

    | Jun. 27, 2011, 9:03 AM
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