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Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (VDC)

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  • Mon, May 18, 1:07 PM
    • Societe Generale is out with a note in which it dissects the impact of higher interest rates on stocks.
    • The investment firm notes the Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEARCA:XLP) boasts a dividend yield of 2.5% which becomes less attractive as rates march upward.
    • Individual consumer staples stocks identified by SG as having the strongest correlation to swings in the 10-year Treasury yield are Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL), Costco (NASDAQ:COST), McKesson (NYSE:MCK), and Brown-Forman (BF.A, BF.B).
    • Consumer Staples ETFs: VDC, FXG, RHS, FSTA, PSL, PSCC.
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  • Sat, May 16, 10:28 AM
    • The retail sector jumps into the spotlight next week with heavyweights Target (NYSE:TGT), Home Depot (NYSE:HD), Lowe's (NYSE:LOW), and Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) all scheduled to report Q1 earnings.
    • Retail sales in the U.S. have only recovered slightly in March and April after dropping off from December to February. The flat M/M reading for April deflated the theory that cold weather and a West Coast port slowdown was holding back growth. Many of the rosy forecasts over the impact of sub-$3 gas prices have also been wadded up.
    • The spotlight is now back on the consumer with some some economists reviving classic Milton Friedman behavioral economics to explain the cautious spending trend - while others point to the millennial generation which is online and thrifty.
    • E-commerce accounted for over half the growth of U.S. retail sales in Q1 with a tally of $80.3B (+14.5% Y/Y). The Big 4 reporting this week will all talk e-commerce and others ways they are adapting away from the pure brick-and-mortar model.
    • Earnings conference calls from the quartet should be illuminating as analysts focus on Wal-Mart's new partnership with Alibaba and free shipping service, Target's grocery ambitions, Home Depot's pro/contractor business, and Lowe's view on SG&A.
    • 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.
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  • Wed, May 13, 8:54 AM
    • Oppenheimer is out with a warning on consumer staples stocks.
    • The investment firm notes the sector underperformed during the last three cycles of rising interest rates.
    • Jarden (NYSE:JAH) and WhiteWave Foods (NYSE:WWAV) are the top sector picks of Oppenheimer come interest rates hikes or not.
    • Consumer staples ETFs: XLP, VDC, FXG, RHS, FSTA, PSL, PSCC.
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  • Fri, Apr. 24, 8:44 AM
    • Is the retail rally over? After a 10-month period in which the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) outperformed the S&P 500 by 1.2K basis points, since April 2 the XRT has underperformed by 270 basis points - off 0.4% as the S&P 500 has added 2.3%.
    • The reversal comes alongside a major bounce in oil, up more than 30% since bottoming in mid-March. The thinking isn't too complicated - falling oil prices put more money in consumers pockets to spend at places like Wal-Mart, and surging oil prices is pulling money out.
    • As it turns out though, consumers didn't spend as much of the saved money as thought, with core retail sales shy of estimates for the last four months, and the savings rate hitting its highest level since December 2012.
    • Source: Bloomberg
    • Retail 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
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  • Mon, Apr. 13, 4:53 AM
    • U.S. consumer stocks have been flying off the shelves, as tumbling oil prices boost Americans' spending power, but some investors are beginning to suffer from sticker shock.
    • Consumer discretionary stocks in the S&P 500 have risen 18.8% in the last six months, outpacing the 10.3% gain in the broader S&P 500, and the segment recently displaced healthcare as the most widely owned sector among stock pickers, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
    • The rally still has some analysts and portfolio managers worried due to elevated valuations and increasing oil prices over the last month is also raising concerns.
    • 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
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  • Tue, Mar. 31, 9:43 AM
    • Economists don't seem fully convinced that weather is behind the slower-than-anticipated pace of spending on goods and services for the first part of 2015.
    • Most have lowered Q1 GDP estimates without necessarily calling for a spring sales bounce.
    • Despite some indications consumer confidence has improved and a stronger job environment, consumers have increased their level of personal savings instead of spending in droves.
    • The weather excuse will get its test when April numbers start coming in.
    • 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
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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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  • Fri, Mar. 6, 10:46 AM
    • Global consumer staples stocks are weaker than market averages as concerns on market pricing and F/X sit in the background.
    • The 1.21% gain in the U.S. Dollar Index isn't going unnoticed by traders.
    • Notable decliners include General Mills (NYSE:GIS) -1.6%, Colgate-Palmolive (NYSE:CL) -2.0%, Unilever (NYSE:UL) -1.9%, General Mills (GIS) -1.8%, Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ) -1.9%, Post Holdings (NYSE:POST) -1.8%, Hershey (NYSE:HSY) -1.8%, Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO) -1.2%.
    • The Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEARCA:XLP) is down 1.2% versus S&P 500 -0.4%.
    • Other staples ETFs: VDC, FXG, RHS, FSTA, PSL, PSCC
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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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  • Thu, Feb. 12, 11:22 AM
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  • Tue, Feb. 10, 8:28 AM
    • Consumer staples giants have been able to price out some of the F/X pain tied to Latin America, notes retail analyst Rahul Sharma.
    • The sector has been under a watchful eye due to the strong currency headwind in South America.
    • Today, Coca-Cola was the latest staples mainstay to navigate through the issue through pricing and allocation strategies.
    • The return on the Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEARCA:XLP) trails the S&P 500 over the last month by about 110 bps.
    • Previously: Coca-Cola +3.1% as N.A. and still beverages lift Q4 results
    • ETFs: VDC, FXG, RHS, FSTA, PSL, PSCC
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dec. 31, 2014, 11:24 AM
    • We'll call it a combination of the ETF price wars and rising AUM, but Vanguard is cutting the expense ratio on twelve of its funds to just twelve basis points. Following is the list of funds and the number of basis points they're being cut:
    • VCR 2 basis points, VDC 2 bps, VDE 2 bps, VFH 7 bps, VHT 2 bps, VIS 2 bps, VGT 2 bps, VAW 2 bps, VOX 2 bps, VPU 2 bps, VONG 3 bps, VONV 3 bps.
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Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of consumer staples stocks.
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