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Thu, Jan. 7, 10:14 AM
- A large number of retail stocks are defying the global market sell-off to put in strong gains.
- The unexpected strength follows a few store chains reporting solid holiday sales growth, headlined by L Brands with a stellar 8% comp. The underlying story behind the good read may be that $2 gas prices are helping to feed consumer spending at U.S. store chains.
- Gasbuddy.com forecasts gas prices will stay low in the U.S. for all of 2016.
- Notable gainers include Wal-Mart (WMT +2%), Target (TGT +1%), Gap (GPS +2.3%), Fred's (FRED +1.2%), Express (EXPR +1.1%), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO +1.6%), Tilly's (TLYS +2.3%), Urban Outfitters (URBN +4%), TJX Companies (TJX +0.6%), Ross Stores (ROST +1.6%), Kohl's (KSS +2%), Stein Mart (SMRT +4.4%), Citi Trends (CTRN +1.7%), Buckle (BKE +4.8%).
- Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXG, FXD, FDIS, RHS, FSTA, RCD, PMR, BITE
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. 20, 2015, 11:47 AM
- The S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is up 1.9% with apparel and footwear stocks doing much of the heavy lifting.
- A vibrant rally in sports stocks was sparked by earnings reports and Nike. Iconix Brand (ICON +2.5%), G-III Apparel (GIII +3%), DSW (DSW +3.7%), Finish Line (FINL +3.1%), Caleres (CAL +2.2%), Genesco (GCO +3.5%), and Shoe Carnival (SCVL +1.7%) join the list reported on earlier.
- Luxury names are on the move with Kate Spade (KATE +2%), Fossil (FOSL +2.9%), Coach (COH +1.4%), and Movado (MOV +2.7%) higher.
- The beat-up mall retailer group is also recovering after results from Gap (GPS +6%) and Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF +19.4%) topped worst-case scenarios. American Eagle Outfitters (AEO +2.3%), Guess (GES +4.6%), and Pacific Sunwear (PSUN +5.4%) are notable gainers.
- Big box retailers are the laggards today. Wal-Mart, Target (TGT +0.6%), and Costco (COST +0.6%) are right at market index averages.
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. 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. 9, 2015, 10:15 AM
- Department store stocks are off to a rough start with earnings coming into focus this week. Macy's (M -5.5%), J.C. Penney (JCP -4.2%), Kohl's (KSS -4.9%), Dillard's (DDS -3.3%), and Nordstrom (JWN -3.9%) are all sharply lower.
- Retailers Target (TGT -2.7%), Costco (COST -1.5%), TJX Companies (TJX -2.9%), The Children's Place (PLCE -4.8%), L Brands (LB -4.4%), and Wal-Mart (WMT -0.9%) are also below broad market averages with earnings reports due to roll in this week and next.
- The S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is down a crisp 2.0%.
Jun. 4, 2015, 10:26 AM
- A healthy round of reports from retail chains and more firming up of the labor market has the retail sector ahead of market averages
- Outperformers include Buckle (BKE +3.4%), Five Below (FIVE +7.3%), Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF +1.8%), L Brands (LB +1.8%), American Eagle Outfitters (AEO +2.2%), Citi Trends (CTRN +2.1%), Express (EXPR +1.4%), Urban Outfitters (URBN +1.6%), Wayfair (W +1.3%), and TravelCenters of America (TA +0.9%).
- The S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is also positive on the day with most broad market averages in the red.
May 19, 2015, 10:03 AM
- Ross Stores (NASDAQ:ROST) is up 1.62% and Gordmans Stores (NASDAQ:GMAN) has added 2.52% as a report from TJX Companies (TJX +3.1%) earlier today shows some strength in the off=price sector.
- Stein Mart (SMRT +0.2%), Citi Trends (CTRN +0.2%), and Burlington Stores (BURL +2.4%) are also out ahead of market averages.
- The S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is -0.5% with retail giant Wal-Mart's Q1 report exerting plenty of gravity.
- Previously: TJX Companies outruns retail peers in Q1
- Previously: Bottom line pressured at Wal-Mart in Q1
- Related ETFs: XLY, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, RCD, PMR, PEZ, PSCD.
Mar. 12, 2015, 9:47 AM
- Shares of Dollar Tree (DLTR +1.6%), Target (TGT +1.1%), Wal-Mart (WMT +1.1%), Fred's (FRED +1.1%), and Five Below (FIVE +1.6%) are picking up steam after Dollar General's (DG +2.7%) quarterly reports shows some broad strength across categories.
- Despite the headline miss on U.S. retail sales earlier, the S&P Retail (NYSEARCA:XRT) is up 1.12% to outpace the S&P 500.
- Analysts think lower-income consumer spending is gaining momentum based on the most recent reads from discounters such as Dollar General.
- Previously: New buybacks and store growth on tap for Dollar General
Dec. 11, 2014, 10:03 AM
- The S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is up 2.3% off of today's strong read on retail sales in the U.S.
- While the big boys are holding their own - Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) +1.1%, Target (NYSE:TGT) +2.0%, Costco (NASDAQ:COST) +1.0% - it's the apparel chains and specialty retailers doing the heavy lifting.
- Retail standouts: Barnes & Noble (NYSE:BKS) +3.3%, CST Brands (NYSE:CST) +3.3%, Ascena Retail (NASDAQ:ASNA) +3.2%, Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM) +3.0%, Express (NYSE:EXPR) +2.9%, Stein Mart (NASDAQ:SMRT) +2.7%.
- Previously: Retail Sales report, highlights
Dec. 10, 2014, 10:22 AM
- The S&P 500 Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is up 0.3% today despite the negative action in the broader market.
- A forecast for sustained lower oil prices is the major reason for the upswing.
- Top 20 XRT holdings showing gains: Limited Brands (LB +0.6%), Whole Foods Markets (WFM +0.4%), Casey's General Stores (CASY +0.3%), Ross Stores (ROST +0.7%), Kroger (KR +0.9%), Advance Auto Parts (AAP +0.4%), Target (TGT +0.4%), Zumiez (ZUMZ +0.3%), CST Brands (CST +1.3%).
May 20, 2014, 10:21 AM
- Amazon (AMZN +1.7%) trades higher amid a tough day in retail.
- There's nothing concrete on the table, but some analysts think the company has been stealing some market share from major retailers in Q1 and Q2 as consumers continue to evolve their shopping habits. Staples (SPLS -10%) and Office Depot (ODP -1.5%) come to mind.
- Starbucks (SBUX -1.3%) CEO Howard Schultz seems to have called the retail slide with his perception that a "seismic shift" toward online and mobile is beyond the tipping point (FBN interview, SBUX conference call).
- Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXG, IYK, IYC, FXD, SCC, FDIS, UCC, RHS, PMR, FSTA, RCD, UGE, PSL, PEZ, PSCC, PSCD, SZK
May 20, 2014, 8:38 AM
May 12, 2014, 2:27 PM
- Some out-of-favor teen retailers are staging a comeback of sorts today - led by Aeropostale (ARO +7.1%), Wet Seal (WTSL +3.9%), and Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF +3.3%). Tilly's (TLYS +3.6%) and Buckle (BKE +2.3%) are also in on the action.
- There are some channel checks out indicating a pick-up in traffic at malls, although today's move looks to be led by momentum.
- The rush back into mall some retailers is helping to give a lift to the S&P Retail ETF (XRT).
Nov. 26, 2013, 10:19 AM
- There's plenty of economic data to mull over, but Treasurys are taking their cue from an unexpected decline in Consumer Confidence in November - this despite (or because of) the government returning to work and a stock market that won't quit. Those with good memories will remember the big drop in October was attributed to the government shutdown and chatter about default.
- The Expectations Index also declined - to 69.3 from 72.2.
- "With such uncertainty prevailing, this could be a challenging holiday season for retailers," says The Conference Board's Lynn Franco.
- TLT +0.4%, TBT -0.8%, and the 10-year Treasury yield is off 3 bps to 2.70%.
- Treasury ETFs: TBT, TLT, TMV, TBF, EDV, TTT, TMF, TLH, ZROZ, SBND, DLBS, VGLT, UBT, TLO, FSA, LBND, TENZ, TYBS, DLBL
- Retailing ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, PEJ, IYK, IYC, SCC, FXD, UCC, PMR, UGE, RCD, SZK, FDIS, PSCD, PEZ
Nov. 21, 2013, 8:32 AM
- The stories are different, but the results are the same for the group of retailers reporting results today.
- Though some Q3 profit estimates are being met on the margin, the outlook for Q4 and beyond has been troubling and could bring down sentiment for the entire sector.
- Premarket: SHLD -4.4%, TGT -3.9%, DLTR -5.6%, ANF -3.3%.
- Related ETFs: XRT, PMR, RTH, VDC.
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