PowerShares Food & Beverage ETF: 3 Reasons to Crave PBJEric Dutram • Apr. 27, 2010
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- Shares of Sanderson Farms (SAFM +2.2%) etch out new 52-weeks as heightened merger buzz keeps trading in the sector lively.
- Pilgrim's Pride (PPC +1.4%), WhiteWave Foods (WWAV +1.8%), and Tyson Foods (TSN +2%) are also higher on the day.
- Consolidation talk has helped the Dynamic Food & Beverage (PBJ) outperform the S&P 500 this year.
Thu, Apr. 17, 8:25 AM
- In a 28-2 vote, the Vermont Senate passes a bill that will require packaged food makers to label their products that contain genetically modified organisms ((GMOs)). If the State House of Representatives approves the Senates' changes to the version it passed before sending it the upper chamber, then the law will take effect July 1, 2016.
- Vermont will be the first U.S. state to institute such mandatory labeling.
- Predictably, food manufacturers oppose the bill saying GMOs are ubiquitous on grocery store shelves. The most popular GMO crops are corn, soybeans and canola which are found in almost every kind of packaged food. They say that GMOs are safe and the law, if enacted, will add unnecessary costs and complications for farmers and the food industry.
- Consumer groups believe more safety testing needs to be done by independent researchers.
- Vermont's bill would make it illegal to label a food product containing GMOs as "natural" or "all natural".
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Fri, Apr. 4, 1:46 PM
- Retail employment grew by 18.2K M/M and 229K Y/Y in March, according to estimates from the National Retail Federation.
- Retailers are prepping for a little bit of a snapback in store traffic in Q2 which they hope will help ease pricing and inventory pressures.
- Though the winter weather was worse than normal across much of the U.S., there are plenty of execs who have been sounding the warning bell that store traffic trends are in decline due to shifts in consumer behavior - not snow and ice. Q2 could settle the debate.
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Thu, Mar. 6, 8:37 AM
- The negative retail drums keep beating louder this morning with a string of companies (Fred's, Stein Mart, Buckle) showing negative same-store sales for February and Costco showing some uncharacteristic weakness.
- The week has also seen RadioShack and Staples decide to close stores en masse and strong hints from other retailers that the promotional stance from the holidays has been tough to shake off.
- Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, ECON, BJK, IPD, KXI, RTH, PBJ, RETL, PEJ, FXG, IYK, IPS, IYC, FXD, SCC, UCC, RXI, FDIS, RHS, PMR, UGE, EMCG, FSTA, PSL, RCD, PSCC, PEZ, SZK, PSCD, EMDI, AXSL, AXDI
Thu, Feb. 6, 3:33 PM
- The NRF forecasts retail sales will rise 4.3% in 2014 to improve on last year's gain of 3.7%.
- The association forecasts strong household and business confidence will support an uptick in spending. The impact of higher healthcare costs on consumers and companies is factored into the NRF view.
- Online sales (AMZN, EBAY) are expected to increase by 9% to 12% this year.
- Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, ECON, BJK, IPD, KXI, RTH, PBJ, RETL, PEJ, IYK, IPS, IYC, FXG, FXD, SCC, UCC, RXI, FDIS, RHS, PMR, UGE, EMCG, RCD, PSL, FSTA, PSCC, SZK, PSCD, PEZ, AXSL, EMDI, AXDI
Wed, Jan. 8, 9:59 AM
- ShopperTrak estimates holiday sales rose 2.7% during the holiday season compared to the same period a year ago.
- As has been tipped off previously, e-commerce appears to have made up for some of the slack of lower foot traffic.
- Though the growth rate beats an early estimate from the research firm, the late rush of sales spurred by intense promotional activity doesn't bode well for profits in the sector.
- Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, ECON, BJK, IPD, KXI, RTH, PBJ, RETL, PEJ, IYK, IYC, IPS, FXG, FXD, SCC, UCC, RXI, RHS, PMR, FDIS, UGE, EMCG, RCD, FSTA, PSL, PSCC, PEZ, PSCD, SZK, EMDI, AXDI, AXSL
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.
- Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, ECON, IPD, KXI, BJK, RTH, PBJ, RETL, PEJ, IYK, FXG, IPS, IYC, SCC, FXD, RXI, UCC, RHS, PMR, UGE, EMCG, FDIS, RCD, PSL, FSTA, PSCC, SZK, PEZ, PSCD, EMDI, AXDI, AXSL
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