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  • Dec. 18, 2015, 11:23 AM
    • Black Friday results may have slightly stronger than what was first indicated in largely anecdotal reports last month, observes NPD Group.
    • The research firm says the percentage of shoppers hitting stores on the key shopping day increased slightly year-over-year to 43%. Thanksgiving traffic was also up, although the percentage of shoppers that went out both days actually fell.
    • Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) and Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) were volume winners during different periods of Thanksgiving Day, while Macy's (NYSE:M) was the peak leader on Black Friday.
    • Target (NYSE:TGT) and Amazon are seen by NPD as big holiday shopper winners when the broader period is reviewed. Target is hitting its stride largely due to solid assortment and inventory management, while the popularity of Amazon Prime has helped the e-commerce beast to gain market share.
    • Discretionary retail ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, RCD, PMR, PEZ, PSCD, BITE.
    | Dec. 18, 2015, 11:23 AM | 10 Comments
  • Dec. 15, 2015, 9:07 AM
    | Dec. 15, 2015, 9:07 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 11, 2015, 4:54 AM
    • U.S. retail sales will be released later this morning with economists expecting a month-over-month increase of 0.3%.
    • Last month, the retail sales growth disappointed with a token 0.1% gain.
    • This month's read on consumer spending is seen as critical with some analysts suggesting Black Friday sales were pulled forward into the early part of the month. One category expected to come in weak is sales of winter apparel due to the extended warm weather trend in the U.S.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, RCD, PMR, BITE
    | Dec. 11, 2015, 4:54 AM | 1 Comment
  • Dec. 8, 2015, 9:09 AM
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  • 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, 10:31 AM
    • Department stores stocks are down across the board after reports of weak Black Friday traffic and pricing work turn sentiment sour.
    • Sears Canada (SRSC -1.5%), Sears Holdings (SHLD -3.3%), Dillard's (DDS -3.2%), J.C. Penney (JCP -2.4%), Macy's (M -1.2%), Nordstrom (JWN -1.2%), and Kohl's (KSS -0.9%) are all lower.
    • The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is down 1.27%, although the damage could be worse if the underlying index didn't hold four internet retailers (Netflix, Amazon, Shutterfly, TripAdvisor) as top ten positions.
    | Nov. 30, 2015, 10:31 AM | 15 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 | 73 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
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The SPDR® S&P® Retail ETF seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before expenses, the total return performance of the S&P Retail Select Industry® Index. Our approach is designed to provide portfolios with low portfolio turnover, accurate tracking, and lower costs.
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