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  • Dec. 8, 2015, 9:09 AM
    | Dec. 8, 2015, 9:09 AM
  • Dec. 4, 2015, 1:37 PM
    • Investors are buying back into consumer staples and consumer discretionary names, while tip-toeing around major chains such as Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, and Macy's. Some sin stocks are part of the rally.
    • Lower oil prices, today's read on U.S. employment, and a few key earnings report have helped to increase confidence that consumers will spend more on low-priced items. Notable movers by category are below.
    • Nondurable household products: Scott's Liquid Gold-Inc (OTCPK:SLGD +4.5%), Procter & Gamble (PG +2.5%), Church & Dwight (CHD +1.6%), Spectrum Brands (SPB +1.4%).
    • Toys/Video games: Electronic Arts (EA +4.6%), Mattel (MAT +4.3%), Activision Blizzard (ATVI +3.2%).
    • Tobacco: Reynolds America (RAI +3.1%), Altria (MO +2.5%).
    • Beverages: Brown-Forman (NYSE:BF.A) +3.2%, Constellation Brands (STZ +2.8%), Coca-Cola (KO +2.3%), PepsiCo (PEP +2%).
    • Footwear: Nike (NKE +2.6%), Skechers (SKX +1.9%), Wolverine Worldwide (WWW +2.2%).
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, IYK, IYC, FXD, FDIS, SCC, UCC, RCD, PMR, UGE, SZK, BITE
    | Dec. 4, 2015, 1:37 PM | 15 Comments
  • Dec. 3, 2015, 1:06 PM
    | Dec. 3, 2015, 1:06 PM | 13 Comments
  • Dec. 2, 2015, 7:39 PM
    • Retail sales (ex-auto and gas) rose 4.6% in November, according to data from MasterCard.
    • Black Friday sales were lower than a year ago, while sales for the full Thanksgiving week rose a modest 0.3%. The lower growth rate for the holiday period than the full month adds some support to the theory of some analysts that many typical Black Friday sales were pulled forward.
    • MasterCard reports online sales rose 13% for the four-day weekend period just in front of Cyber Monday. For the month, e-commerce sales were up 16%.
    • The strong mix of e-commerce this holiday season makes it crucial for Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Target (NYSE:TGT), Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS), and Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) that they keep pace with Amazon's e-commerce share still strong.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, IYK, FXD, FDIS, RCD, PMR, UGE, SZK, BITE
    | Dec. 2, 2015, 7:39 PM | 7 Comments
  • Dec. 1, 2015, 9:16 AM
    | Dec. 1, 2015, 9:16 AM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 30, 2015, 7:08 AM
    • Fewer consumers are expected to shop today than did a year ago during Cyber Monday, according to data from the National Retail Federation.
    • The forecast from the research firm for online shoppers is 121M vs. 126.9M last year. The reduction is due in part to earlier online promotions from many major retailers.
    • Retail analysts are mixed on the overall volume of Black Friday weekend shoppers, although most agree that a higher percentage of e-commerce purchases is negative for margins in the retail sector.
    • ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, RCD, PMR, BITE
    | Nov. 30, 2015, 7:08 AM
  • Nov. 29, 2015, 11:32 AM
    | Nov. 29, 2015, 11:32 AM | 31 Comments
  • Nov. 27, 2015, 12:54 PM
    • "We believe Thanksgiving shopping was a bust," says SunTrust, following channel checks in the New York metro area, New England, and the Southeast starting yesterday and continuing through the night into Black Friday.
    • Team members dispatched to malls had no problem finding parking or navigating stores, says SunTrust, and there seemed to be more browsing than buying going on.
    • Lines at Wal-Mart (WMT -0.5%) and Target (TGT +0.3%) were about half of last year, but Kohl's (NYSE:KSS) was the exception to lame traffic.
    • Joining Kohl's among early winners according to SunTrust are Aeropastale (ARO +0.8%), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF +0.2%), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO -0.4%), and Kate Spade (KATE -2.6%). New York & Co. (NWY +1.9%) was among the early losers. Gap (GPS -2.7%) scores both a win and a loss, with Old Navy looking good, but Gap stores not so much.
    • Hanging out at Minneapolis' Mall of America, KeyBanc's Edward Yruma says traffic looks weaker than past years. "It doesn't look much busier than an average Saturday morning."
    • ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, RCD, PMR, BITE
    | Nov. 27, 2015, 12:54 PM | 84 Comments
  • Nov. 27, 2015, 4:31 AM
    • The shaky condition of U.S. retail will be put to the test this weekend, when stores across the country roll out their Black Friday specials.
    • About 135.8M Americans are expected to shop in stores or online over the four-day weekend, according to the National Retail Federation, but the amount they've spent has declined over the past two years, dropping 11% to $50.9B in 2014.
    • The forecast for frugal shopping also got a boost on Wednesday, when Commerce Department figures showed household spending rose less than expected in October.
    • ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, RTH, PBJ, RETL, PEJ, IYK, FXG, IYC, SCC, FXD, RHS, UCC, PMR, UGE, RCD, PSL, PSCC, SZK, FDIS, FSTA, PSCD, PEZ
    | Nov. 27, 2015, 4:31 AM | 6 Comments
  • Nov. 25, 2015, 9:26 AM
    • The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. has now dropped to $2.06 per gallon - a mark that is 27% lower than where gas prices stood heading into the holiday period last year. Despite the extra dollars in the wallets of consumers, most forecasts for holiday retail sales are on the modest side (below 4%).
    • The extended period of sub-$3 gas prices in the U.S. hasn't exactly lit consumer spending across broad retail on fire (just ask Wal-Mart) - although it has stoked auto sales for the Detroit Three (GM, F, FCAU). The regional casino sector (ISLE, PENN, BYD, ERI, MTN, MCRI) and cruise line stocks (NCLH, RCL) have also benefited more than major chain stores. Some have suggested that lower gas prices are also an understated driver for Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) and Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) which both score high on customer stickiness.
    • What next? Seeking Alpha's Stock Pitch Contest on retail is still open until November 30 amid the reset on consumer spending expectations. Current long ideas include PLAY, FRAN, CASY, SKX, WMT, PSUN, HGG, PRTY, TJX, TA, VSTO - while short bets on WMAR, TIF, RT, AMZN, UA, LB, and OUTR are on record.
    • Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXG, PBJ, IYK, IYC, FXD, PEJ, FDIS, RHS, FSTA, SCC, UCC, RCD, PMR, PEZ, UGE, PSL, PSCC, PSCD, SZK, BITE.
    | Nov. 25, 2015, 9:26 AM | 49 Comments
  • Nov. 25, 2015, 8:15 AM
    • Cowen and Company projects holiday retail sales will increase between 2% and 3%. The forecast is below the 3.5% to 4.2% consensus range of analysts.
    • Analyst Olivia Chen notes the earlier start to the promotional season and that online is driving a larger percentage of revenue. Typically, online shopping leads to a smaller basket size when compared to brick-and-mortar shopping and a higher degree of fragmentation of sales. Both trends work against big-box retailers (TGT, WMT, COST, BBY]]).
    • ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, RCD, PMR, BITE
    | Nov. 25, 2015, 8:15 AM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 24, 2015, 10:04 AM
    | Nov. 24, 2015, 10:04 AM
  • Nov. 19, 2015, 9:46 AM
    • Weak guidance from Best Buy isn't going unnoticed by investors of Conn's (CONN -2%) and hhgregg (HGG -3.6%).
    • Office Depot and Staples (SPLS -3.1%) are also lower on concerns over electronics sales.
    • The retail sector in general has been very skittish this earnings season, despite some upside surprises.
    • Over the last 30 days, the S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is down 6%, while the S&P 500 Index is up 3%.
    • Retail ETFs: XLY, VCR, RTH, RETL, IYK, FXD, FDIS, RCD, PMR, UGE, SZK, BITE
    • Previously: Best Buy slides after holiday guidance disappoints (Nov. 19 2015)
    | Nov. 19, 2015, 9:46 AM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 17, 2015, 9:10 AM
    | Nov. 17, 2015, 9:10 AM
  • Nov. 16, 2015, 11:17 AM
    • Bullish on consumer discretionary names (NYSEARCA:XLY) since the financial crisis, Thomas Lee downgrades the sector to Neutral while upgrading the beaten-down energy group (NYSEARCA:XLE) to Overweight.
    • At issue for consumer stocks is strengthening labor markets leading to higher wages, and thus driving margin compression. October's strong jobs report confirms what Lee has been hearing anecdotally - it's harder to find qualified applicants.
    • Rotating money into energy, Lee sees reflation, potential dollar declines, and accelerating U.S. investment spending. Lee takes note of the round-trip of energy vs. consumer discretionary. Starting the energy/consumer discretionary ratio at 1 in about 2004, it rose to above 4 prior to the global financial crisis, and has fallen all the way back to 1 today (chart here).
    • ETFs: XLE, VDE, ERX, XLY, OIH, ERY, DIG, XRT, VCR, DUG, BGR, IYE, FENY, RTH, RETL, FIF, PXJ, RYE, FXD, FDIS, FXN, RCD, PMR, DDG
    | Nov. 16, 2015, 11:17 AM | 4 Comments
  • Nov. 13, 2015, 1:09 PM
    • Retailers are under pressure after the Census Bureau reported October retail sales rose 0.1% M/M, and core retail sales 0.2%. Consensus was respectively 0.3% and 0.4%.
    • Also: J.C. Penney is down 13.6% in spite of posting a Q3 beat and reiterating its full-year same-store growth guidance, and Nordstrom is down 15.4% after missing FQ3 estimates and cutting its FY16 guidance.
    • In addition to Target, TJX, Macy's, and Kohl's (previously covered), notable decliners include Ross (ROST -5.7%), Skechers (SKX -3.9%), Michael Kors (KORS -4.8%), Deckers (DECK -4.2%), Gap (GPS -4.1%), Ascena Retail (ASNA -4.6%), American Eagle (AEO -4.5%), Urban Outfitters (URBN -4.8%), Stein Mart (SMRT -5.4%), Citi Trends (CTRN -4.4%), Guess (GES -5.9%), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF -5.7%), Chico's FAS (CHS -4.3%), and New York & Company (NWY -6%).
    • Retail stocks were also under pressure on Wednesday after Macy's cut its 2015 guidance.
    • ETFs: IYK, PEJ, IYC, SCC, UGE, SZK, XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, RCD, PMR
    | Nov. 13, 2015, 1:09 PM | 19 Comments
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The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR® Fund, before expenses, seeks to closely match the returns and characteristics of the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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