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SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT)

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  • May. 20, 2014, 9:31 AM
    • Major retailers TJX Companies, Urban Outfitters, Home Depot, and Dick's Sporting Goods are all in with quarterly reports that missed expectations.
    • Retail analysts note the sector is having a tough time shrugging off the slow traffic patterns and heightened promotional stance that afflicted store chains during the winter. Underneath one-time factors such as F/X and weather, there are still signs of a cautious and thrifty consumer.
    • More companies have lowered Q2 and full-year guidance than raised over the last two weeks.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, IYK, FXD, FDIS, PMR, RCD, UGE, PEZ, PSCD, SZK
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  • May. 20, 2014, 8:38 AM
    • Shares of Office Depot (ODP) are off 3.8% in premarket action after Staples disappoints with its weak Q1 report and guidance.
    • ETF watch: Don't expect a great day for the S&P Retail ETF (XRT) which has Office Depot and Staples both listed as top ten holdings.
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  • May. 13, 2014, 9:00 AM
    • A disappoint read on retail sales from April's report could reset some expectations in the sector after analysts overestimated consumer demand.
    • The electronics and appliance store category (RSH, BBY, CONN, WHR) saw sales fall 2.3% M/M and 1.5% Y/Y.
    • Clothing and clothing accessory stores (AEO, GPS, BKE, TLYS, ANF, ANN, LB, ARO, GES, CATO) registered a 1.2% M/M and 1.1% Y/Y gain in sales which didn't show the snap-back from soft winter traffic patterns forecast by some.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, PMR, RCD, PEZ, PSCD
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  • 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).
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  • May. 2, 2014, 12:38 PM
    • Retail employment increased by 28K jobs in April month-to-month and 241K year-over-year, according to the NRF.
    • Chief Economist Jack Kleinhez is putting more stock in the jobs report as a forward-looking indicator of consumer demand than the recent read on GDP.
    • He says a rebound in economic activity is underway.
    • 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
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  • Apr. 22, 2014, 11:07 AM
    • ICSC expects monthly retail comparable-store sales to increase 3.5% to 4.0% in April compared to last year.
    • The forecast accounts for a slow start to the period of warmer weather and the late Easter this year which is a boost for April sales.
    • What to watch: Reports on retail sales for April indicate some pent-up demand from a slow Q1 has been unleashed. Analysts think the readings on the first few weeks in May could be the most critical of the year in determining if U.S. consumers are willing to come back out in force.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, PMR, RCD, PEZ, PSCD
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  • Apr. 14, 2014, 9:32 AM
    • Retail sales showed some vibrancy in March led by solid gains from building material and garden equipment sellers (HD, LOW) and general merchandise chains (COST, WMT, CASY, TGT). A revision to February's retail sales mark also bodes well for the retail sector.
    • Sales at electronics and appliciane stores (BBY, CONN, HGG) moved in the wrong direction during the month, falling 1.6% M/M and 0.7% Y/Y.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, IYK, FXD, FDIS, PMR, UGE, RCD, PEZ, SZK, PSCD
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  • Apr. 10, 2014, 1:38 PM
    • Retail traffic slowed 1% during March with a shift of Easter to later in the calendar a factor, says research firm Euclid.
    • Analysts say the slow month sets up April as the make-or-break month for pent-up shopper demand to be unleashed as warmer weather finally prevails.
    • A strong report from Costco on March sales is one of the few signs in the sector that momentum could be building.
    • ICSC expects April retail sales to improve 3.5% to 4%.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, PMR, RCD, PEZ, PSCD
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  • Apr. 8, 2014, 7:00 AM
    • Import volume at major ports in the U.S. is forecast by the National Retail Federation to rise 6.1% in April.
    • The outlook tips off some confidence by retailers that store traffic will bounce back in Q2 after widespread disappointment during the holiday season and into Q1.
    • For the year, the NRF sees sales growth of 4.1%.
    • Related ETFs: XRT, RTH, RETL, PMR
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  • Apr. 4, 2014, 1:46 PM
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  • Mar. 13, 2014, 11:44 AM
    • Moody's notes retail sales in February were strongest in less discretionary categories like food while the underlying shift to online shopping by consumers continues.
    • The research firm expects that it's unlikely that all the lost sales in February due to weather will be recovered and thinks Q1 results will trail current forecasts.
    • Retail sales were only up 1.3% in February from a year ago. That sluggish mark of forward progress has many retail analysts siding with Moody's that there is more than just a bad stretch of weather going on in the U.S.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, PMR, RCD, PEZ, PSCD
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  • Mar. 6, 2014, 8:37 AM
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  • Feb. 13, 2014, 3:29 PM
    • The National Retail Federation's delivers a mixed read on the January Retail Sales. The group notes that although severe winter weather was a major factor in the flat seasonally-adjusted growth rate, the high level of jobless claims and slow consumer spending trends suggest larger macroeconomic issues are also in play.
    • "No one can jump to any solid conclusion until we shovel out of the snow," concludes the NRF.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, PMR, RCD, PEZ, PSCD
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  • Feb. 11, 2014, 9:35 AM
    • ICSC attributes the weekly dip in retail sales to weather patterns, but a few bright spots did emerge.
    • Despite slow traffic patterns, categories which showed strength included wholesale clubs (WMT, COST, PSMT) and furniture stores (LZB, ETH, HVT, PIR, BBBY)
    • For the full month, the research group sees monthly comparable-store sales growth of between 3.0% and 3.5%. That mark reps solid sales growth for the period compared to prior forecasts, although ICSC warns the figure could change again with the weather.
    • Related ETFs:  XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, IYK, FXD, FDIS, PMR, UGE, RCD, SZK, PEZ, PSCD
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  • Feb. 6, 2014, 3:33 PM
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  • Feb. 6, 2014, 10:16 AM
    • Retail analytics firm Applied Predictive Technologies notes its data indicates that retail sales fell 9.6% during the most intense period of the Polar Vortex (January 5-7) as consumers stayed home. It also pointed to soft traffic days in December related to winter storms and frigid temperatures.
    • Chicago and Detroit were the two major cities where sales were hit the hardest by the Polar Vortex. Walgreens (WAG) has a sizable presence in both regions.
    • The read falls in line with what automakers and big-box retailers have been reporting, but also makes the few out-performers during the period stand out even more. Costco (COST), L Brands (LB), Under Armour (UA), and Chipotle (CMG) come to mind.
    • Related ETFs: XLY, XRT, VCR, RTH, RETL, FXD, FDIS, PMR, RCD, PEZ, PSCD
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