Labor Day Matchup: Retail ETFs vs. the Beach

September 6th at 1:00am by Tom Lydon

Retailers of all sorts are lowering their prices across the board, in an attempt to lure the late Summer or back-to-school spender. Is it enough to rally related exchange traded funds (ETFs)?

Retailers are sure hoping so. Many of them are offering consumers deep discounts and bargain prices to lure any would-be spenders. The retail sector has suffered from the economic downturn and now retailers are scrambling to make up for lost profit.

My Fox Memphis reports that big-name stores such as Home Depot, Macy’s, JC Penney and even CVS are advertising low prices, and free shipping incentives for online shoppers. Even car dealerships will be offering up some Labor Day bargains. [Consumer Confidence Lifts ETFs.]

At the other end of the spectrum, the higher end retailer Catimini will open at South Coast Plaza and at major Premiun Outlets. The Los Angeles Times reports that the high-end spender can stock up on designer names this weekend, as even the wealthy seek a deal.

So, would you rather save a bundle and shop or lay on the sand at the beach? It’s a toss-up. Happy Labor Day. [How Checking In Boosts Retail ETFs.]

For more stories about the retail sector, visit our retail category. The ETF Analyzer shows a number of retail ETFs; to find the one you want, search for “retail” or “consumer” to bring up the available options.

  • First Trust Consumer Staples AlphaDEX (NYSEAca: FXG)
  • SPDR S&P Retail (NYSEArca: XRT)
  • PowerShares Dynamic Retail (NYSEArca: PMR)
  • Vanguard Consumer Discretionary (NYSEArca: VCR)

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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