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Market Vectors Retail ETF (RTH)

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  • Fri, Mar. 27, 10:29 AM
    • Shares of Kirkland's (KIRK +5.3%) are higher after Piper Jaffray comes in with an upgrade on the retailer to Overweight from Neutral.
    • The upgrade follows a similar action from the investment firm on Conn's.
    • Retail analysts have noted the out-performance of the S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) vs. broad market averages over the last month has been aided by some beat-up or lesser-known specialty names gaining favor.
    • ETFs: XLY, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, IYC, FDIS, SCC, UCC, PMR, RCD
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  • Thu, Mar. 12, 8:44 AM
    • Retail sales grew only 1.7% Y/Y to trail the pace forecasts by economists.
    • The drop in sales from January was influenced in part by weather, although a higher-than-anticipated propensity by consumers to save was also a factor.
    • Nearly all retail categories showed a year-over-year increase in sales, but a 23% drop in sales at gasoline stations due to lower prices took a big cut.
    • The broad food services category which includes restaurants showed a 8.6% Y/Y rise, while sales at health & personal care stores were up 4.8%.
    • Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXG, PBJ, IYK, PEJ, FXD, IYC, FDIS, RHS, SCC, FSTA, UCC, PMR, PSL, UGE, RCD, PEZ, PSCC, PSCD, SZK
    • Previously: Retail sales decline in February
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  • Thu, Mar. 5, 8:43 AM
    • Only small cross-section of U.S. retailers report monthly sales anymore, but those that do give some insight to current trends.
    • A common thread in today's reports: cold weather leading to cold sales.
    • Cato: "February sales were significantly impacted by winter storms during the last two weeks of the month."
    • Stein Mart: The company says sales were severely impacted by record cold in the U.S. across regions.
    • Fred's: Momentum build up in January stalled out as the cold snap hit. Cold weather products did sell well however.
    • Retail ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, IYC, FDIS, SCC, UCC, PMR, RCD, PSCD
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  • Tue, Feb. 17, 8:25 AM
    • Cowen Research takes a broad look at the retail sector in a new note.
    • Analyst Oliver Chen cites tight inventory control, low gas prices, and higher employment rates as positive factors heading into the Spring.
    • F/X pressure and valuation on some names are concerns for investors.
    • Other retail analysts have become more optimistic after taking in the strong comp growth in the restaurant sector. They see the improvement as a potential early indicator on consumer spending, despite the disappointing headline misses on recent retail sales reports.
    • Previously: Restaurant sales show sharp increase in January (Feb. 11 2015)
    • Retail ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXG, IYK, FXD, IYC, FDIS, RHS, SCC, FSTA, UCC, PMR, RCD, UGE, SZK
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  • Mon, Feb. 16, 5:52 AM
    • Asian suppliers are resorting to costly air freight, as a labor dispute at U.S. West Coast ports disrupts supply chains across the Pacific.
    • With ports near gridlock, President Obama dispatched Labor Secretary Tom Perez to California on Saturday to try to broker an agreement between dockworkers and the group representing shippers and terminal operators.
    • Many automakers have been hit hard in the U.S. as car parts have been held up by the dispute. Honda (NYSE:HMC) has declared that it would slow production at several U.S. plants, Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY) said it would continue flying parts in to its U.S. facilities, while Toyota (NYSE:TM) announced that it had reduced overtime at some factories. Nissan (OTCPK:NSANY) also stated that it is being affected.
    • A Shanghai index for U.S. West Coast freight rates rose 23 points last week to 2,265 and brokers said quotes had risen a further five points today.
    • ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, IYK, FXD, IYC, FDIS, SCC, UCC, PMR, UGE, RCD, SZK
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  • Thu, Feb. 12, 11:22 AM
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  • Thu, Feb. 5, 7:36 AM
    • The labor dispute between ship operators and dockworkers on the West Coast has ratcheted up again to threaten the pace of work at 29 ports in Washington, Oregon, and California.
    • Observers at the L.A. and Long Beach ports say freighters are at anchor with no open berths due to a planned slowdown in progress.
    • Honda (NYSE:HMC) and Subaru (OTCPK:FUJHY) are shipping some parts to the U.S. through air services to avoid the crawl.
    • McDonald's (NYSE:MCD) has airlifted 100 tons of french fries to the region to stock restaurants.
    • Other companies impacted by the development include Gap (NYSE:GPS), Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Kohl's (NYSE:KSS), Macy's (NYSE:M), and J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP)
    • FedEx (NYSE:FDX) and UPS (NYSE:UPS) could see a marginal benefit in some cases from companies facing a parts crunch, observe analysts
    • ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, IYK, FXD, IYC, FDIS, SCC, UCC, PMR, UGE, RCD, SZK
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  • Tue, Jan. 27, 9:13 AM
    • The read from Redbook on retail sales through a good portion of the month indicates sales might decline around 3% M/M from December after the impact of auto and gas are backed out.
    • The December retail sales showed a small decline from November.
    • The Weekly Retail Chain Store Sales Index released today fell 0.6% W/W in another indication of softness in the retail sector, although on a year-over-year comparison the reading was up 2.6%.
    • Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXG, IYK, FXD, IYC, FDIS, RHS, SCC, FSTA, UCC, PMR, UGE, RCD, PSCD, SZK
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  • Sat, Jan. 24, 8:26 AM
    • "I don’t see how the Fed can justify hiking rates when economic growth will disappoint, employment growth will fade, and inflation will overshoot on the downside," says Felix Zulauf at the Barron''s Roundtable. He wouldn't be shocked to see 2016 also pass by without tighter policy.
    • The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:TLT) is the largest position in his portfolio (the 30-year yield was 2.53% when the Roundtable took place earlier this month; it's 2.37% today). "The U.S. bond market is mispriced," he says, noting long-term yields on these shores tower over those in Europe (they tower far more after the ECB's QE this week).
    • Zulauf is also bullish on the dollar (NYSEARCA:UUP) - not exactly a contrarian view - but he says most don't understand the real reason for the greenback's strength: Basically the world is massively short greenbacks thanks to dollar weakness policies pursued by the Greenspan and Bernanke Feds. When the dollar corrects later this year on realization the Fed won't be lifting rates, it will be a good spot to get long.
    • Expecting a correction in U.S. stocks, Zulauf would then put money to work in the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:RTH) - a strong dollar allows retailers to benefit by buying their overseas supplies cheaper.
    • Related ETFs: TBT, TLT, TMV, TBF, EDV, TMF, TTT, ZROZ, SBND, TLH, VGLT, DLBS, UBT, TLO, TENZ, LBND, TYBS, DLBL, UUP, UDN, UUPT, FORX, UDNT, USDU
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  • Fri, Jan. 16, 5:57 PM
    • Frustrations are mounting over stalled contract negotiations between West Coast dockworkers and port owners, prompting 175 industry groups representing agriculture, manufacturing, retailers, and other import/export operations to send a letter to the two sides urging them to solve their differences and agree to a contract.
    • While both sides agreed earlier the month to use a federal meditator, the latest public sniping has raised fears that the ports are heading toward a shutdown, which some say could cost the economy $2B/day if it lasts 20 days.
    • Midwest manufacturers have had to slow and even stop production due to delays in receiving components, and retailers are experiencing delays in early spring merchandise, including products for Valentine’s Day and Easter; the impact on the agricultural sector also has been dramatic, hurting producers from Washington apple growers to Idaho potato farmers.
    • A Cowen report this week said that while lower gas prices could boost consumer spending, retailers face increased shipping costs due to the port slowdown.
    • ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXG, PBJ, IYK, PEJ, FXD, IYC, FDIS, RHS, SCC
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  • Thu, Jan. 15, 9:52 AM
    • Though lottery sales are highly volatile as large jackpots attract attention sporadically, there's a bit of evidence that some of the extra cash in the pockets of U.S. consumers due to lower gas prices is heading in that direction.
    • Yesterday, the report on retail sales for December missed the mark of analysts in showing a month-over-month decline.
    • The NRF says holiday spending was up 4% Y/Y, but that's roughly the same mark the group predicted in the summer before the sharp drop in oil prices.
    • Data dive: Lottery sales on Powerball and Mega Millions.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, PMR, RCD
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  • Wed, Jan. 14, 9:54 AM
    • The National Retail Federation projects holiday sales rose 4.0% Y/Y.
    • The mark is just shy of the 4.1% forecast from the industry group.
    • Earlier today, a report on Retail Sales showed +3.2% Y/Y growth in December with a slide in sales at gas stations a factor.
    • Savvy retail analysts have been pointing out for months that holiday spending was pulled forward this year, making the M/M drop in retail sales for December a bit easier to digest.
    • Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXG, IYK, FXD, IYC, FDIS, RHS, SCC, FSTA, UCC, PMR, RCD, UGE, SZK
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  • Thu, Jan. 8, 8:18 PM
    • Holiday retail sales rose 4.6% vs. expectations for a 3.8% lift, according to a read from ShopperTrak. The growth rate is the highest since 2005 for the period.
    • The rush of positive reports from retailers on holiday sales comes off of some beaten-down expectations, notes Chain Store Age.
    • Concerns on mall traffic, a West Coast port slowdown, and a frenzied level of promotions drove consensus estimates lower before some macroeconomic factors improved and $2 gas entered the scene.
    • A cross-section of retailers that surprised on the upside includes Barnes & Noble, Pier 1 Imports, Walgreens, Urban Outfitters, and Sonic.
    • What to watch: Costco (NASDAQ:COST) put up a 5% comp for December, putting some pressure on Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT) to show signs of late-quarter strength. Signs of weakness at dollar stores (DG, DLTR, FDO, FIVE) and electronics chains (HGG, CONN, BBY) are a concern. Retailers seen as on-trend for the holiday season include Foot Locker (NYSE:FL), Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU), and Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM).
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, IYK, FXD, IYC, FDIS, SCC, UCC, PMR, UGE, RCD, SZK
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  • Tue, Jan. 6, 11:29 AM
    • Specialty retail is set up to see a strong year, according to Jefferies analyst Randal Konik.
    • The sector enters the year in a better position than in 2014 with inventory clean and the macroeconomic backdrop looking supportive.
    • Comp sales will lag a string of weak quarters and lower cotton prices will filter down to the bottom lines of the group, says Konik.
    • Specialty retailers (partial list): EXPR, ZUMZ, PSUN, ARO, AEO, ANF, CACH, CHS, NWY, BEBE, ANN, CBK, GPS, GES, PIR, BBBY, TCS, LE, VRA.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, PMR, RCD
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  • Mon, Jan. 5, 10:13 AM
    • Online holiday sales rose 13.9% in 2014, an acceleration from the 8.5% growth seen in 2013, according to data from IBM Digital Analytics.
    • Mobile sales were up 27% to account for 23% of total holiday online sales.
    • Though the shift in sales to online and mobile channels has been a top-line producer for retailers, it's also been a drag on margins.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, IYK, FXD, FDIS, PMR, UGE, RCD, SZK
    • Previously: The free delivery gambit in retail (Jan. 03 2015)
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  • Sat, Jan. 3, 7:51 PM
    • The intense competition in retail over free shipping policies is expected to bring some pain to Q4 margins as big box and e-commerce firms scrap for market share, warn analysts.
    • ComScore reports that free delivery on online purchases rose to 68% in 2014, up from 44% last year.
    • Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN): 2014 shipping costs were up 32% through Q3. That mark comes before a holiday season in which the company says it saved customers a mere $2B in shipping fees.
    • Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT): The Bentonville giant has already warned investors it will spend heavily on e-commerce and fulfillment center expansion as it eyes +30% growth in online sales. The company may have difficulty dialing back its free delivery policies, say industry insiders.
    • Target (NYSE:TGT): Wolfe Research projects a 1% shift in Target sales to e-commerce cuts into the firm's profit margin by 5 bps.
    • What to watch: Online sales rose 16% in Q3 vs. 4% for broad retail, a differential that is expected to have widened in Q4. Retailers with a sharp shift in mix to online could have trouble hitting consensus EPS estimates.
    • Related stocks: BBY, DKS, CAB, SPLS, TJX, BIG.
    • Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXG, IYK, FXD, IYC, FDIS, RHS, SCC, FSTA, UCC, PMR, UGE, RCD, PEZ, PSCD, SZK
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