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SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT)

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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. 28, 2014, 2:19 PM
    • ShopperTrak reports retail sales on Super Saturday (Dec. 20) were improved this year for a majority of retailers.
    • The research firm tabulated an increase in both conversation rates and average transaction price for the key shopping day.
    • A 3.8% gain in sales for the holiday season is still within reach, forecasts ShopperTrak.
    • The read from FedEx and UPS on late-season volume has also been strong.
    • Previously: Holiday retail sales up 5.5% Y/Y (Dec. 26)
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, IYK, FXD, FDIS, PMR, UGE, RCD, SZK
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  • Dec. 23, 2014, 2:59 PM
    • The strong reads on consumer spending (ICSC, Redbook) bode well for Q4 earnings in the retail sector, note analysts.
    • Electronics sellers (BBY, HGG) and the luxury sector (RL, TIF, COH, KORS, KATE, FOSL, VRA) are viewed as being in a good position to see a December boost.
    • Companies which eased off on pulling a bulk of their sales forward with Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals are also seen as potential winners with sub-$2 gas resetting some holiday budgets.
    • Though e-commerce is expected to dazzle again this holiday season. It's not all fun and games for analysts looking at margins. The extension by Amazon (AMZN -0.1%) of its free shipping offer could be a signal that inventory levels are higher than anticipated and that the growth-at-all-costs mentality at the company is as entrenched as ever, notes Nasdaq Advisory Services.
    • The S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) has doubled up the return of the S&P 500 over the last 3 months, 10.8% vs. 5.1%.
    • Previously: Retail trends to watch: Athleisure, P-E buyouts, and new online channels (Dec. 20 2014)
    • Related ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC,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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  • Dec. 20, 2014, 10:17 AM
    • The S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is up 3.4% over the last month to outpace the S&P 500 Index as consumer spending trends improve. Analysts have honed in on some categories which show some promise for growth.
    • Drugstores: The transition by the sector into more health/wellness services sets it up for new growth channels. CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) reported strong comparable-store sales despite the full tobacco exit, while Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) is prepping for a roll-out of RediClinics and HealthSpot kiosks. The visibility on Walgreen (NYSE:WAG) is somewhat clouded by the giant Alliance Boots integration, although it's ahead of rivals on the tech front with its rewards program, pharmacy app and developing online doctor concept.
    • Athleisure: There's some gender initiatives going on in the athletic apparel sector with Under Armour (NYSE:UA) and Nike (NYSE:NKE) growing their women's business and Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) expanding on the men's side. All three companies have been closely on-trend with their assortment in a category with explosive demand. Importantly, pricing has held up this holiday season in the U.S., note retail watchers.
    • Online replenishing: Fresh research into shopping trends indicates certain categories see continued buying through the online channel as consumers become attuned to a brand. Retailers positioned well to see more gains from the trend include Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM), Ulta Beauty (NASDAQ:ULTA), Staples (NASDAQ:SPLS), Office Depot (NASDAQ:ODP), Sephora (OTCPK:LVMHF), Dick's Sporting Goods (NYSE:DKS), and of course Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).
    • P-E buyouts: There are plenty of candidates in the retail sector for a leveraged buyout similar to the action that helped propel shares of PetSmart (NASDAQ:PETM) +40% from their lows. Keep an eye on Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE:ANF), Aeropostale (NYSE:ARO), and Ann (NYSE:ANN).
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  • Dec. 19, 2014, 1:29 PM
    • SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) announces quarterly distribution of $0.181.
    • 30-Day Sec yield of 0.64% (as of 12/17/2014).
    • Payable Dec 30; for shareholders of record Dec 23; ex-div Dec 19.
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  • Dec. 17, 2014, 7:41 AM
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  • Dec. 12, 2014, 12:04 PM
    • A survey by Bankrate.com indicates consumers aren't quite sold on increasing spending just because gas prices have moderated.
    • 82% of respondents say they don't plan on spending more this holiday season than last.
    • Just 5% said they would boost holiday spending due specifically to the drop in gas prices.
    • Millennials were the age group with the highest percentage (28%) indicating holiday spending would increase this year.
    • The survey contradicts most economic projections for a +4% lift in holiday spending.
    • What to watch: Was the strong report on retail sales for November just a pull-forward of sales typically closer to the holiday?
    • Previously: Strongest month for retail sales since March (Dec. 11 2014)
    • Retail ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, PMR, RCD
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  • Dec. 12, 2014, 10:17 AM
    • The S&P Retail ETF (XRT +0.5%) is out ahead of market averages again on enthusiasm over consumer spending forecasts.
    • Today it's apparel/footwear sellers and department store chains with the broad set of gains.
    • Gainers: Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU) +2.7%, Ralph Lauren (NYSE:RL) +1.0%, Under Armour (NYSE:UA) +1.1%, Sequential Brands (NASDAQ:SQBG) +0.7%, Michael Kors (NYSE:KORS) +0.5%, Coach (NYSE:COH) +2.3%, Nike (NYSE:NKE) +0.7%, Deckers Outdoor (NYSE:DECK) +1.1%, Macy's (NYSE:M) +2.4%, Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) +1.7%, J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) +1.5%, Nordstrom (NYSE:JWN) +0.8%.
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  • 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
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  • Dec. 11, 2014, 9:30 AM
    • Retail sales struck their biggest gain since March on broad strength.
    • What's working: Strong growth was seen in auto parts (PBY, ORLY, AZO, AAP, MNRO) with the broad parts category showing year-over-year sale growth of over 8% in November. Sales were up 6.8% Y/Y for health and personal care stores (ULTA, SBH, CVS, WAG, RAD) during the month.
    • What's not working: Department stores (DDS, M, SSI, BONT, SHLD, JCP, KSS, JWN) went backwards with sales off 1.1% from a year ago. No surprise, but sales at gas stations (CASY, KR, PTRY) also fell off from a year ago.
    • Retail ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, IYK, FXD, IYC, FDIS, SCC, UCC, PMR, UGE, RCD, SZK.
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  • 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%).
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  • Dec. 2, 2014, 2:42 AM
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  • Dec. 1, 2014, 2:35 AM
    • Retail spending over this year's four-day Thanksgiving weekend fell 11% to $50.9B according to the National Retail Federation, although total holiday sales through the end of the year are expected to rise 4.1%.
    • The decline, the second annual drop in a row, comes as retailers, including Target (NYSE:TGT) and Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), offer their sales and promotions days or even weeks before the holiday weekend.
    • 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
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  • Nov. 28, 2014, 3:26 PM
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  • Nov. 28, 2014, 10:26 AM
    • There's a positive vibe across retail as early reports from major chains indicate strong e-commerce sales and an easing off of the promotional fervor that has wrecked profit margins in the sector.
    • Though there's some vibrant debate on the degree of impact of lower oil prices on consumer spending, nearly all retail analysts see some trickle-down benefit for Q4.
    • The catch-all S&P Retail ETF (NYSEARCA:XRT) is up 1.7% on the day.
    • Retail ETFs: XLP, XLY, VDC, XRT, VCR, RTH, FXG, RETL, PBJ, IYK, PEJ, FXD, IYC, FDIS, RHS, SCC, FSTA, UCC, PMR, PSL, UGE, RCD, PEZ, PSCC, PSCD, SZK.
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  • Nov. 28, 2014, 5:21 AM
    • The weather did not seem to stop Black Friday shoppers yesterday, as long queues formed in front of retail stores.
    • Economists are closely watching whether retailers can tempt consumers to spend during the biggest shopping weekend of the year, especially after a year of lackluster sales.
    • The National Retail Federation has forecast that sales in November and December, excluding auto, gas and restaurant sales, will rise 4.1% from the same months last year, up a bit from 3.1% in 2013.
    • 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
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