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SPDR S&P Retail ETFFund

 

84.24

  • Change -0.09 (-0.1%)
  • Volume 0.98 M

12:06 PM EDT Jul 28, 2014
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  • Assets $567.4M
  • Expense Ratio 0.35%
  • Yield 1.10%
  • Vs 50 Day EMA %
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US Equity ETF

SPDR S&P Retail ETF is an exchange-traded fund incorporated in the USA. The Fund's objective is to replicate as closely as possible the performance of the S&P Retail Select Industry Index an equal-weighted index.

Performance
TODAY 1 DAY 5 DAY 10 DAY 1 MO 3 MO 6 MO 1 YR 2 YR 5 YR
-0.1% -1.2% -1.2% -1.7% -2.1% 2.8% 4.6% 4.5% 49.8% 194.7%
Last Close Volume
AVG VOL (10 D) CHANGE
3,021,437 -73.7%
Trend on Last Close
  Price EMA EMA P DATE CROSSED
50 DAY 84.33 85.22 -1.0% 07-25-2014
200 DAY 84.33 83.32 1.2% 05-22-2014
Technical
ALPHA BETA R2 STD DEV
0.0061 1.222 0.716 0.058
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  • Rebound Possible for Retail ETFs

    06-09-2014 03:09 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking retail stocks have been among this year's most noticeably laggards. For example, the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) is down 2.2%, a far cry from the better than 6% gained by the S&P 500. Harsh winter weather was the most oft-cited re...

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  • Investors Return Retail ETFs

    05-22-2014 02:45 PM by Todd Shriber

    Plenty of U.S. retailers are blaming harsh winter weather for disappointing quarterly results, but investors are not taking the bait. There have been some retail standouts, Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN) and Tiffany (NYSE: TIF) come to mind, but overall, the industry and corresponding ...

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  • Consumer Discretionary ETFs Rebound, Gain Cash

    03-07-2014 12:48 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Labor Department said the U.S. economy added 175,000 jobs last month, easily topping the consensus estimate calling for a gain of 149,000 new jobs.  Consumer discretionary stocks and exchange traded funds may have told investors weeks ago that the jobs report would be better ...

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  • Time to Shop for Retail ETFs Again

    03-06-2014 08:15 AM by Todd Shriber

    Retail stocks and exchange traded funds struggled in December and January. Blame it on the weather, investors' skittishness regarding holiday sales reports, soft economic data or all three factors. Either way, the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) tumbled from the start ...

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  • A Mixed View of Discretionary ETFs

    02-18-2014 10:00 AM by Todd Shriber

    After ranking at or near the top on the list of top-performing sector and industry exchange traded funds last year, consumer discretionary ETFs have struggled out of the gate in 2014. Even with the benefit of impressive bounces off their Feb. 3 lows, some well-known discretionary...

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  • Don't Generalize and Get to Know Your ETFs

    01-17-2014 04:38 PM by Max Chen

    As the exchange traded fund universe expands, investors can now choose among multiple offerings for any given market or sector. Nevertheless, investors should look beyond an ETF's appellation and delve into the strategy and holdings. For instance, investors shouldn't solely re...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Retreating Retail

    01-14-2014 12:41 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Earnings season is becoming top of mind in some sectors as we head through this January, and the Retail sector stands out specifically to us thanks to trading action from yesterday ahead of this morning's Retail Sales number release. In the largest U.S. Equity focused fund tha...

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  • Some Sector ETFs Enduring Earnings Warnings

    12-09-2013 08:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks have performed well since the start of the fourth quarter with the S&P 500 posting a gain of nearly 7%. However, an ominous trend has emerged. "The 11.4 to 1 negative-to-positive ratio of earnings forecasts sets the fourth quarter up as the most negative on record. ...

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  • 8 Consumer Sector ETFs for Black Friday, Cyber Monday

    11-29-2013 01:25 PM by Tom Lydon

    Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the biggest days for the retail sector in the year, and investors can gain exposure to the start of America's holiday shopping spree through consumer sector-related exchange traded funds. When it comes to ETFs, investors can choose betw...

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  • Retail ETFs Could Find Coal as Bellwether Wal-Mart Stumbles

    11-14-2013 02:29 PM by Max Chen

    Retail bellwether Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) cut its forecast for the second time since August, revealing potential weakness in retail sector exchange traded funds ahead of the holiday rush. Wal-Mart now projects profits per share in the year ending January 2014 will be $5.11 to $5....

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  • What to Expect From Retail ETFs in the Coming Months

    11-11-2013 12:15 PM by Todd Shriber

    Conventional wisdom says that the fourth quarter is a good time to own retail stocks and exchange traded funds due primarily to the holiday shopping season.  March is also believed to be kind to retail stocks because that is when fourth-quarter earnings start rolling in. "The ...

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  • Retail ETFs Could Get Coal in Their Stockings

    10-25-2013 02:33 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sector exchange traded funds could soon feel the ripple effect of the U.S. shutdown and brinkmanship, with consumers remaining cautious and confidence touching a 10-month low. The Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan final consumer sentiment index declined to a worse-...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Retail

    10-02-2013 12:54 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    It took the birth of a son on Monday of this week and a good Seattle-strong coffee this morning for me to realize that it's not summertime anymore. We are in the month of October. And like clockwork, Retailers are starting to get active as we approach the never ending fun of B...

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  • Consumer ETFs Eye Retail Sales Report

    09-24-2013 05:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds move along in tepid trading before a key update to personal income levels in a weakened U.S. labor market. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) gained 0.7% Tuesday and the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) was 0.1% higher. XRT increa...

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  • Data, Fed Put Retail ETFs in Focus

    09-13-2013 06:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) and the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH), along with other ETFs with heavy retail and consumer discretionary exposure will be in the spotlight today with readings of consumer sentiment and retail sales on the data docket. Re...

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  • Retail ETFs May Ring Up Gains on Sales

    08-12-2013 05:50 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sector exchange traded funds have been one of the better performing areas this year so investors will be focused on retail sales data later this week for continued strength in the sector. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) has gained 31.0% year-to-date, Consume...

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  • Rising Consumer Spending Boosts Retail ETFs

    06-13-2013 04:32 PM by Tom Lydon

    Beating Wall Street expectations, retail sales increased in May, driven by stronger automobile purchases, and helped support retail sector exchange traded funds Thursday. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) gained 1.2% Thursday. The ETF is up 23.3% year-to-date, compar...

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  • Retail ETFs Hold Steady

    05-01-2013 08:48 AM by Tom Lydon

    The retail exchange traded fund SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) is up 16% year-to-date but analysts warn a consumer spending slowdown could be in the works. Investors who want to take a more defensive posture can consider a shift into consumer staples ETFs to capture any ...

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  • Retail ETFs Tick Up on Higher Sales

    03-18-2013 08:13 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales reports for the past month have surprised analysts as data came in higher than expected. Sales rose 1.1%, higher than the 0.5% that was expected due to stronger employment reports and solid domestic data. "Morningstar director of economic analysis Robert Johnson f...

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  • ETF Opportunities as Budget Deal Affects U.S. Growth

    01-18-2013 11:19 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a resolution to the fiscal cliff, the consequences of the budget deal will still negatively affect the markets and exchange traded funds. One iShares analyst points out some potential pitfalls and opportunities in the months ahead. "The fiscal drag left in place by the...

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  • Holiday Sales Help Lift Retail ETFs

    12-14-2012 11:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    With the holiday shopping season underway, retail exchange traded funds are strengthening on retail sales growth despite broader market weakness on concerns of the so-called fiscal cliff. The Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) was up 0.2% Thursday and has gained 2.9% ov...

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  • Tom Lydon on FOX Business: How to Play Black Friday

    11-20-2012 05:29 PM by John Spence

    Retailers are kicking off holiday sales earlier this year on Thanksgiving day. Tom Lydon appeared on FOX Business today to discuss which ETFs are poised to capitalize on a blockbuster holiday shopping season. Watch the FOX Business video to see the full interview.  

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  • Retail ETFs Gear Up for Black Friday

    11-20-2012 11:43 AM by Tom Lydon

    The official kickoff to the holiday shopping season is this Friday, with retail focused stocks and exchange traded funds closely watched. The retail sector funds dropped post-election, but have already started to pick up momentum this week. "Retail analysts say that rolling ou...

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  • Five ETF Sectors to Watch After Hurricane Sandy

    10-30-2012 02:58 PM by Tom Lydon

    Hurricane Sandy, the perfect storm or "Frankenstorm," is expected to leave billions in damages along its wake as it ravages through the Northeast. When the markets start trading again, sector exchange traded funds investors will have to keep an eye on a couple of key areas. Tr...

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  • Retail ETFs at Lifetime Highs as Holiday Shopping Season Nears

    09-24-2012 07:50 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail focused ETFs are trading around all-time highs as the sector gears up for the make-or-break holiday shopping season. Retail sales increased in August, the most in half a year, buoyed by auto sales and higher demand. A gain of 0.9% beat expectations of 0.6% by the Commer...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Retail Sector Earnings

    08-07-2012 02:15 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sector ETFs such as SPDR S&P Retail (NYSEArca: XRT) could see action later this week as some major holdings announce quarterly financial results. July has seen mixed results from same-store stores, as the month is usually the second-slowest for the retailers and rel...

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  • A Consumer Services ETF For an Uncertain Market

    07-25-2012 05:10 PM by Tom Lydon

    Similar to many consumer discretionary exchange traded funds, the  iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Services Sector Index Fund (NYSEArca: IYC) has the ability to play defense in a portfolio in an uncertain market. While the services sector can be recession resilient, it is more se...

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  • Retail ETF in Focus as Earnings Season Kicks Off

    07-11-2012 08:06 AM by Tom Lydon

    Second quarter sales and earnings from retailers are indicating that consumers are spending again. Various U.S. retailers have kicked off earnings season on a positive note, gaining investor interest to the sector and exchange traded funds. "Same-store sales at the more than 2...

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  • ETFs for Lower Oil Prices

    06-12-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Falling oil prices have mauled energy ETFs but provided a lift to some sector funds tracking different areas of the economy. Crude oil prices have slumped over 20% from the 2012 high to under $82 a barrel. "Currently, crude oil stocks sit at the upward bound of their histor...

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  • Why Retail ETFs Need to Get Back on Track

    05-23-2012 02:50 PM by John Spence

    ETFs following retail and consumer discretionary stocks have been among the top sector performers in 2012 but have faltered along with the S&P 500 in May. The sector regaining its footing would be a positive sign for the overall market and sentiment on consumer spending, whic...

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  • Retail ETFs Higher After March Shopping Spree

    04-17-2012 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. economy may be doing better than we think as the improving jobs market is translating to higher consumer confidence. The government released better-than-expected retail sales numbers Monday, lifting retail stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds. SPDR S&P ...

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  • Retail ETFs Strengthen as Sales Hit Five-Month High

    03-19-2012 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer discretionary and retail-related exchange traded funds are making a robust rebound as the improving labor market helped bring retail sales to a five month high. SPDR Consumer Discretionary Select Sector Fund (NYSEArca: XLY) is up 14.4% year-to-date and SPDR S&P Re...

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  • ETFs for a Rebound in Consumer Spending

    03-13-2012 06:00 AM by John Spence

    Specialized ETFs that focus on discretionary sectors are poised to benefit from higher consumer spending if U.S. employment data continues to improve, analysts say. "With the economy appearing to be in recovery as stronger than expected jobs numbers keep coming in each month, ...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Retail Sector

    02-28-2012 11:38 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    An exchange traded fund tracking the retail sector is among the industry-specific ETFs that have seen bearish put activity recently in options markets. This options activity in SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) is interesting given the fact that XRT has seen extremely st...

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  • Retail ETFs Boosted by Black Friday, Cyber Monday Sales

    11-29-2011 10:45 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking the retail sector are rising this week on brisk sales on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. "This is the largest year-over-year gain...for Black Friday since the 8.3% increase we saw between 2007 and 2006," Bill Martin for ShopperTrak said, on NPR. "...

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  • Technology ETFs and Black Friday

    11-24-2011 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Technology exchange traded funds may get a boost from digital sales, but this year technology may also be doing the shopping. Smartbook, Facebook, and Apple apps may turn out to be a shopper's best friend. "It's no longer "Black Friday, it's going to be Black Thanksgiving fr...

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  • Retail ETF Leadership Wanes as Deflation Scare Persists

    11-23-2011 07:42 AM by Michael A. Gayed CFA

    With U.S. markets giving back half of the gains made in October and international equities erasing nearly all of the move higher, investors are understandably nervous about the prospects for any kind of Santa Clause rally into the final stretch of the year. As I wrote earlier,...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Retail Sector and the Holiday Shopping Season

    11-17-2011 07:28 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds have outperformed the S&P 500 by a wide margin this year and recent data show retail sales started the fourth quarter with a gain. SPDR S&P Retail (NYSEArca: XRT) is up 8.4% year to date, while the S&P 500 is flat. Other retail ETFs inc...

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  • ETF Spotlight: Retail Sector

    11-03-2011 01:11 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds tracking the retail sector are coming off a solid month and have been outperforming the broader market by a wide margin in 2011. Analysts will be watching retail ETFs to help judge the strength of the holiday shopping season and the U.S. economy. SPDR ...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Retail

    11-02-2011 11:12 AM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    We are now in November and many are preparing for the "Black Friday" pre-holiday rush at retail stores. On that note, a retail exchange traded fund, SPDR S&P Retail (NYSEArca: XRT), has been very active lately with a great deal of selling pressure in the marketplace in the ET...

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  • These ETFs Have Doubled in Price the Past Three Years

    10-23-2011 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Market volatility has been ratcheting up on economic uncertainty, and many investors are heading for the safety of the sidelines in cash. Choppy markets can be frustrating for investors, who are hearing calls that buy-and-hold investing is dead. With triple-digit gains and ...

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  • Ex-Goldman Sachs Trader Charged with Insider Knowledge of ETF Trade

    09-22-2011 03:18 PM by Tom Lydon

    The Securities and Exchange Commission charged an ex-Goldman Sachs employee for abusing knowledge of confidential information on the bank's trading system on a retail exchange traded fund (ETF). Former Goldman trader, Spencer Mindlin, was charged with insider trading after tip...

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  • ETF Spotlight: SPDR S&P Retail (XRT)

    09-14-2011 08:47 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT), part of an ongoing series. U.S. retail sales were unchanged in August, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. The report was weaker than expected. Assets: $558.03 million. Objective: The SPDR S&P Retail ETF trie...

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  • Target Sales, ADP Report Fire Up Retail ETFs

    07-07-2011 03:45 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds were the strongest sector performers in Thursday's nearly 100-point Dow rally on blowout sales from Target (NYSE: TGT) and a better-than-expected report on private payrolls. SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) and Retail HOLDRS (AMEX: RTH) clim...

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  • Retail ETFs Mixed on Walgreens, Best Buy

    06-21-2011 10:06 AM by John Spence

    Retail exchange traded funds were mixed after quarterly earnings from Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) while Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) on Tuesday raised its dividend and announced a $5 billion share buyback. Walgreens shares slipped 5% in early trading Tuesday. The drugstore chain reported hi...

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  • Kroger Lifts Retail ETFs

    06-16-2011 11:03 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds reversed early losses Thursday while retail ETFs gained ground after store operator Kroger (NYSE: KR) reported better-than-expected quarterly results. Kroger shares rallied 4%. "Overall, first-quarter results looked solid, as rising food inflation a...

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  • Retail ETFs in Spotlight on May Sales, Best Buy Results

    06-14-2011 09:52 AM by John Spence

    Exchange traded funds tracking the retail sector rose on Tuesday following a report on May sales and a strong quarter from Best Buy (NYSE: BBY). Best Buy shares rallied 7% after the electronics retailer reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings. "The beat was on ...

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  • Jobless Claims Weigh Down ETFs

    06-02-2011 10:39 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stock exchange traded funds (ETFs) are mixed early Thursday as investors digest the Labor Department jobless claims data that came in short of expectations. New claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, but not enough to assuage fears the labor market recovery has taken...

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  • Guess, Tiffany Results Boost Retail ETFs

    05-26-2011 09:46 AM by John Spence

    Retail exchange traded funds were higher Thursday as they caught a tailwind from rallies in Tiffany (NYSE: TIF) and Guess (NYSE: GES) shares after strong quarterly results. Tiffany shares rallied 6% on Thursday while Guess jumped 12%. Tiffany's earnings "brings a conclusion...

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  • Retail ETFs Outperform on AutoZone, DSW

    05-24-2011 11:59 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds were among the top-performing sector ETFs on Tuesday with a nearly 1% gain with assistance from AutoZone (NYSE: AZO) and DSW (NYSE: DSW). AutoZone shares rallied 6% after the company reported higher quarterly profit. The solid results "should allay...

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  • Retail ETFs Down with Gap, Aeropostale, Barnes & Noble in View

    05-20-2011 10:45 AM by John Spence

    Retail exchange traded funds were down sharply Friday while shares of Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO) and Gap (NYSE: GPS) fell nearly 20% after the companies offered weak profit outlooks as they continue to get squeezed by higher input costs. Retail HOLDRS (AMEX: RTH) and SPDR S&P...

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  • Staples Pullback to Ring Up Retail ETFs

    05-18-2011 08:23 AM by John Spence

    A 12% premarket sell-off in Staples (NasdaqGS: SPLS) on Wednesday was set to rain on the parade in retail exchange traded funds, which have rallied this year. The office-supplies company reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit and cut its full-year view. "Our first-quart...

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  • Macy’s Earnings Ring Up Retail ETFs

    05-11-2011 09:00 AM by John Spence

    Retail exchange traded funds got a boost Wednesday from bullish earnings from Macy's (NYSE: M) and a higher outlook from the company. Macy's shares jumped 8% in premarket action. The retail giant also doubled its quarterly dividend to a dime a share. "In the first quarter, ...

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  • Amazon to Set Pace for Retail ETFs

    04-26-2011 06:29 PM by John Spence

    Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) will likely guide the action in retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) on Wednesday after the company reported quarterly earnings that missed expectations. Amazon shares weakened in after-hours trading Tuesday following the earnings release as investors wo...

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  • RadioShack Results Weigh on Retail ETFs

    04-25-2011 06:01 AM by John Spence

    Disappointing quarterly results from RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) on Monday put a damper on exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in retail stocks. RadioShack shares were off 2% in premarket trade Monday after the company said its first-quarter profit fell 30%. "Despite a chal...

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  • Retail ETFs Pause After March Sales Data

    04-11-2011 10:49 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) that invest in the U.S. retail sector have paused after a run as investors digest March sales figures. Retail ETFs are going against the grain with the rising costs of apparel, food and gasoline. The category includes funds such as SPDR S&P Ret...

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  • Inflation: ETF Sectors That May Have Beat The Odds...For Now

    03-21-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The debate is on as to whether or not inflation is here. As prices on consumer products increased 0.4% in January and by 1.6% since the beginning of 2010, the "I" word is real. But there are some areas that are fighting off inflation and could affect investments and exchange trad...

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  • Retail ETFs: Teens Take the Driver's Seat

    03-04-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retailers have long recognized the power of the adolescent and teen shopper. The economic downturn took away some of that power, but trendy teenagers could once again be putting gas in the engines of retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). Dave Kansas for The Wall Street Journal ...

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  • ETFs Move On Jobless Claims, Productivity Gains

    03-03-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETFs are showing strong gains Thursday after jobless claims unexpectedly fell to an almost three-year low, signaling an improving labor market. The number of people requesting unemployment benefits last week plunged to a nearly three-year low, bolstering the likelihood that c...

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  • 4 Consumer ETFs for Renewed Confidence

    02-22-2011 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    They're down sharply today, but retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) could get a shot in the arm from the latest consumer confidence numbers. Consumers are feeling the most confident about the U.S. economy than they have in three years, when the recession was at full bore. I...

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  • ETFs to Avoid If Wal-Mart's Fortunes Turn

    02-15-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    For years, Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) could seemingly do no wrong. Now it's been hit with downgrade number three. Some exchange traded funds (ETFs) are pretty heavy in the retailer, so you'll want to be on the alert. JPMorgan recently downgraded Wal-Mart from neutral to overweight, ...

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  • Disappointing Data Moves Metal ETFs

    02-15-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) pointed to a flat opening for Wall Street in early trading today after disappointing data on retail sales and homebuilder sentiment. Shoppers pushed retail sales up for a seventh straight month, although the increase was the weakest since June. Th...

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  • ETFs React to Mixed Jobs Data

    02-04-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) got a slight boost at the market's open as unemployment figures dropped, but were the results enough to power the markets much higher than that? U.S. unemployment declined to 9% in January and the economy added 36,000 jobs - way below f...

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  • ETFs React to Strong Retail Sales, Egypt Clashes

    02-03-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a dip in jobless claims, strong retail sales, rising factory orders and a spate of positive earnings reports, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) turned negative at the market's open. New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits dropped more than expected last week, ...

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  • Cotton ETN Lifted by Flooding

    02-02-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Cotton prices were already sky-high when flooding ravaged Australia, and they're still rising. The cotton exchange traded note (ETN) isn't the only way to get your fix, though. Investors have been betting on continued gains in iPath Dow Jones-AIG Cotton Total Return Sub-Index ...

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  • ETF Options to Gain Indirect Exposure to Facebook

    01-28-2011 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    While Facebook won't be issuing a IPO anytime soon, you can still use exchange traded funds (ETFs) to get some indirect exposure to it. If you're not an investor with the requisite $1 million in net worth to invest in private shares, don't be sad: you can still get your Facebo...

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  • Retail ETFs: Better, But Not There Yet

    01-14-2011 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As far as holiday shopping seasons go, the last one was decent for retailers. Retail sector exchange traded funds (ETFs) were bolstered by better-than-expected sales over the Yuletide and consumers who are once again willing to spend, but they're not exactly loose with the cash. ...

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  • ETFs React To Mixed Economic Data

    01-14-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Mixed economic reports begat mixed exchange traded funds (ETFs) in early trading. The markets digested reports that retail spending rose while inflation increased modest, but calm. Consumer prices rose last month as the cost of gas increased by the largest amount since June 2...

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  • ETFs On the Move Following Earnings News

    01-11-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    After yesterday's decline, exchange traded funds (ETFs) are rebounding this morning on earnings-related optimism. The markets also reacted well to reports that Japan joined China in saying it plans to buy bonds issued by Europe's financial-aid fund. European markets show mode...

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  • It's Make or Break for Retail ETFs

    01-06-2011 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Holiday sales were the strongest in years, but even so, they were disappointing to those who had forecast far more. It may not necessarily be a bad harbinger for retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) this year, though. In the third quarter, holiday revenue at stores rose 3.8% ov...

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  • Unemployment Claims Mix Up ETFs

    01-06-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are trying to gain traction on Thursday after the government reported jobless claims rose by 18,000 to 409,000 last week, while the four-week average fell to a 2 ½-year low. More people applied for unemployment benefits last week, one week after a...

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  • ETFs Stay Afloat Despite Housing and Consumer News

    12-28-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETFs are off to a flat start for Wall Street with investors focused on disappointing housing-price and consumer-confidence data, but volumes are thin with many traders still out for the holidays. Home prices tumbled in October, according to data released Tuesday, with six cit...

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  • Retail ETFs Have a Holly, Jolly Christmas

    12-25-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) this month have demonstrated that despite what many say Christmas is supposed to be about, consumption still has a big part. Christmas is a religious holiday, but what exactly does this mean to the vast majority? Most surveyed said they will...

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  • How Mind Games Could Boost Retail ETFs

    12-17-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Holiday shopping and sales account for about 40-50% of revenue profit for retailers. Strategies are complicated this season, as retailers look for ways to lure consumers and move retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). Retailers want your cash now more than ever, and they've got ...

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  • 5 ETFs to Watch This Holiday Season

    12-03-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The jolly holiday season is in full swing and companies are gearing up to handle the increased activity. Though the markets are hoping for a December rally, these exchange traded funds (ETFs) might be worth keeping an extra close eye on. Airlines. Over the river and through th...

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  • How to Play the 'Santa Claus' ETF Rally

    12-02-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Ho, ho, ho. The holidays are officially upon us and the markets are watching for a Santa Claus rally. We've got some exchange traded funds (ETFs) in mind for stocking stuffers. SPDR S&P Retail (NYSEArca: XRT) The holiday shopping season kicked off with a bang. Black Fri...

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  • ETFs Waver on Euro Debt and Economic Reports

    11-30-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are heading toward a third day of losses in early trading on fears that now Portugal or Spain could be next in need of financial help. Not even a good report about consumers could right things. Consumer confidence has surged to a five-month high. ...

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  • Retail ETFs: Looking for a 'Black' Christmas

    11-24-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Black Friday is coming up fast and all eyes are on retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). Will these be the holiday shopping season that retailers are wishing and hoping for? Deals are everywhere this holiday season, and retailers are sending out ads for their discounts early. B...

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  • Stocks and ETFs Cheer Economic Reports

    11-24-2010 09:12 AM by Tom Lydon

    Markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) jump as optimistic data reports are released.  Consumer spending rose by 0.4% in October and incomes rose 0.5%.  New jobless benefit claims fell last week to the lowest level since July 2008.  However, orders for durable goods took the big...

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  • Retail ETF in the Spotlight as Black Friday Looms

    11-22-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets are moving on Thanksgiving spirit and certain exchange traded funds (ETFs) are worth minding this week as things develop. Don Dion for The Street noted five ETFs investors should watch this week, including: Market Vectors Agribusiness (NYSEArca: MOO) iShares ...

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  • GM IPO and Initial Jobless Claims Boost ETFs

    11-18-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are up sharply this morning after the government reported initial claims for jobless benefits rose by only 2,000 to 439,000 last week, while the four-week moving average dropped to the lowest level since late in 2008. Jobless claims plummeted in 20...

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  • 'Tis the Season: Retail ETFs Start Their Engines

    11-02-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Like it or not, the holiday shopping season is just about here. But don't fear: forecasts call for good things for retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the next several weeks. A retail industry trade group predicts that the holiday sales will jump 2.3% over last year, painti...

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  • ETFs and Markets Decline on Sentiment and GE

    10-15-2010 09:33 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales extended August's momentum, however, the CPI index and consumer sentiment disappoint. Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) move lower on the news and on reports from GE.Overall, economists are looking for retail sales to rise for a third straight month in Septembe...

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  • Why Retail ETFs Are Holding Strong

    10-14-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Reports of the death of the spending-crazy consumer aren't exaggerated, but they don't mean that you should count out retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). Unemployment is barely budging and there's still a lot of consumer fear that's keeping them from spending. How is it, then...

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  • 'Tis the Season: ETFs for the Holidays

    10-09-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's that time again. You've no doubt noticed the Christmas displays, the Thanksgiving recipe ideas, the commands to "make your holiday travel plans now!" Here are some exchange traded funds (ETFs) to get you through the season. The past two years were disappointing for retail...

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  • ETFs Mixed After Retail, Unemployment Reports

    10-07-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) were mixed in early trading despite two positive reports about the unemployment figures and retail spending. The positive numbers were enough to have investors shying away from metals, many of which are trading lower this morning, according to the ...

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  • Two Retail ETFs That Cater to the Frugal

    09-24-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In these tough economic times, retailers have been tripping all over themselves to offer values and bargains to consumers. To get exposure to these companies, look no further than retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). Dollar stores have shown the biggest spike in shopper visits...

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  • Retail ETFs: Is It Time to Shop?

    09-14-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales actually increased in August for the second month in a row, giving related retail shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs) a lift. But is there really cause to be that optimistic about the American consumer? Merchants are luring shoppers with deep discounts, a key ...

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  • 4 Consumer Staples ETFs for Tight Wallets

    09-07-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    First, the good news: consumer spending rose in July. Next, the not-so-good news: they're not frivolously throwing their cash around. And finally, more good news: you can still play consumer spending trends with exchange traded funds (ETFs). A modest uptick in consumer spendin...

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  • Labor Day Matchup: Retail ETFs vs. the Beach

    09-06-2010 01:00 AM 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 ...

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  • Consumer Staples ETFs: Investing in Safe Companies

    09-02-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) aren't as stable as they used to be, and people are starting to invest for a worst-case scenario. Investors are buying into a type of "ultimate bunker portfolio," with all the basic essentials to weather out the storm. A recent tren...

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  • Real Estate, Retail ETFs Move Higher After Mixed Reports

    09-02-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Positive retail and real estate reports had their exchange traded funds (ETFs) moving slightly higher this morning, despite a separate report that showed remaining weakness in the jobs market. The ETF Analyzer shows that among the top-moving ETFs this morning are retail- and r...

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  • How 'Checking In' Boosts Retail ETFs

    08-30-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Rumor has it that retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been ailing as consumers cut back on spending. But smartphone-based incentives for those who are shopping may help them pick up the slack. The trend of personalized service seems to be benefiting both smartphone compan...

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  • Alternatives to the Closing Luxury ETF

    08-26-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a long, drawn-out recession and slower consumer spending, the luxury exchange traded fund (ETF) has been one of the best-performing retail ETFs so far this year. That's why it's a shame to bid it adieu. The luxury consumer is a rarefied group, willing to spend top doll...

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  • ETFs to Cope With Slow Consumer Spending

    08-19-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In terms of consumer spending, it feels like 2009 all over again as shoppers clamp down on their wallets. But retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) have managed to cope with the ever-changing tides. How's this for a bad omen? The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index tanked its hard...

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  • Tech, Unemployment Numbers Send ETFs South

    08-12-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Bad news from the tech sector and signs that unemployment is still rising sent exchange traded funds (ETFs) generally lower in early trading. According to the ETF Dashboard, gold ETFs are leading the charge this morning on renewed fears about the recovery and safe-haven seekin...

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  • Markets, ETFs Waver on Consumer Confidence

    07-27-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    A monthly survey of consumers shows that confidence in the economic recovery has declined. Although the markets are slightly lower on the reports, many exchange traded funds (ETFs) are ekeing out some gains early in the day. Our Dashboard feature shows some strongly positive E...

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  • What the Financial Bill Means for Consumer and Real Estate ETFs

    07-23-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The sweeping financial reform bill is now a law. While most people know what it's supposed to mean for Wall Street banks, fewer, perhaps, understand what it will mean for consumers and consumer exchange traded funds (ETFs). The bill includes measures that will provide the Feds...

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  • 6 ETFs for Rising Imports

    07-13-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Every cloud has a silver lining. While imports are outpacing exports right now, that doesn't mean that opportunities to play this imbalance with exchange traded funds (ETFs) don't exist. The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly widened in May for the second month as imports outpace...

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  • ETFs and Markets Look to Earnings Season

    07-09-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    In early trading on Friday, exchange traded funds (ETFs) are staying mostly flat as the markets wonder two things: can the Dow turn a three-day rally into a fourth and what kind of news will earnings season bring? Earnings season officially kicks off on Monday, with perennial ...

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  • ETFs Zig-Zag On Consumer Spending and G20 Reports

    06-28-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are vacillating between the positive and negative as the morning's news emerges, including Supreme Court rulings, details from the G20 meeting and consumer spending results. The world leaders meeting in Toronto as part of the G20 summit hav...

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  • ETFs Retreat Ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

    05-28-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) retreated early Friday ahead of the market's three-day holiday weekend, with the end of a volatile May putting the Dow Jones down 7% for the month. The modest dip in major indexes Friday morning is a stark contrast to the turbulent month f...

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  • ETFs Surge As China Gives Europe a Vote of Confidence

    05-27-2010 09:29 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) jumped early Thursday after China showed confidence in Europe and said it had no plans to sell the debt it holds for the continent. Stocks surged in early Thursday trading after China reassured investors it would not be selling off any ...

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  • Dow and ETFs Tumble As Europe and Korea Worries Mount

    05-25-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank below 10,000 and exchange traded funds (ETFs) turned south in early trading this morning as fears about another round of global economic slowdown persist and tensions on the Korean peninsula increase. After a rough end to Monday saw the Dow...

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  • Homebuilder Numbers Boost ETFs Early

    05-18-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    An increase in home construction in April, tame inflation, upbeat earnings reports, and a recovering euro are providing a boost to stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) in early trading Tuesday. An April increase in home sales boosted new-home construction, as well. However,...

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  • Retail ETFs: Improving Sales Numbers And Optimistic Consumers

    05-14-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. economy is chugging along and retail sales numbers are in a three month uptrend. The rise in consumer discretionary spending, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), may be the beginnings of a sustainable U.S. recovery. The drop in auto sales, which fell ...

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  • Markets, ETFs React To Retail Numbers

    05-14-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    The American consumer has been shopping this year, reflected again in the April retail sales report released early Friday. Related shares and exchange traded funds(ETFs) are reacting to this news. Following a 0.3% gain in January, 0.6% gain in February, and a 2.1% gain in Mar...

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  • Will Retail ETFs Feel the Mother's Day Love?

    05-09-2010 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) have performed solidly lately - this last week's sell-off notwithstanding. If you're shopping to show your love for your mom, they may do even better. This Mother's Day, many husbands and children are going to honor their moms with electroni...

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  • Greece Debt Worries Send VIX Higher, ETFs Lower

    05-05-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Concern about the crisis in Greece, potential downgrades in Portugal and the fate of Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) is sending the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) haywire this morning. As concern for the Greek bailout wiped out 2010 gains on the MSCI World Index, the Chicag...

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  • ETFs Soaring As Greece Nears a Bailout Deal

    05-03-2010 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Could it really be? A plan to bail out the struggling Greek economy finally appears to be nigh, which is sending stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) up by nearly triple digits this morning. As the German government approved its share of the massive Greece bailout, the Cen...

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  • Retail ETFs Sitting Near Three-Year Highs

    04-28-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    One of the largest retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) is at highs not seen in nearly three years, and some of the others aren't far off from hitting their own new highs. But the new highs don't entirely gibe with the still-tenuous consumer picture. Perhaps the truth lies somewhe...

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  • Consumers Are Gloomy, But Retail ETFs Say Otherwise

    04-22-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    By and large, consumers are still pretty down in the dumps about the economy and the unemployment picture. But why, then, have retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) surged as much as 14% year-to-date? The Consumer Comfort Index is down seven points over the past two weeks to a n...

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  • Retail ETFs Brace for Moment of Truth

    04-14-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Several retail- and consumer-related economic reports are due out this week, and two of them will be coming this morning. The numbers we finally get will tell us what we need to know about retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) in the coming weeks. The reports coming today will t...

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  • ETF Strategies for the Retail Rebound

    04-08-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    March was good. Very good. Consumers shopped more than they have in several years. Sure, they're not flinging Benjamins with abandon, but the signs of a turnaround are there. Retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) come in several varieties for you to play along at home. SPDR...

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  • ETFs Turn Flat While Greece Concerns Weigh on Markets

    04-08-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Boing...splat. Stocks had been on the rebound earlier today before reversing slightly (although they still remain positive) as Greece debt remains a top concern. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) followed in kind by remaining largely flat. The euro seems to be on an emotional roll...

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  • What Consumer Staples ETFs Bring to the Table

    04-05-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Whether you have a job or not, you still need toothpaste, basic foods and toilet paper. That's what positions the consumer staples sector to weather downturns better than most sectors. As consumers get in the habit of shopping again, consumer staples exchange traded funds (ETFs) ...

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  • Retail ETFs: Is There Value to Be Had?

    04-01-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumers are feeling emboldened lately and, as a result, they're opening up their wallets a little more. But many are feeling a little scarred by the effects of the slowdown, leaving the fate of retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) in question. Recent economic data points to t...

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  • Retail ETFs Have Their Work Cut Out

    03-25-2010 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The retail sector is not exactly in recovery mode, however, there are strategies that smart retailers are using to goad shoppers into, well, shopping. Related exchange traded funds (ETFs) may benefit if these tactics help bring back consumers. One thing consumers don't believe...

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  • ETF Spotlight: SPDR S&P Retail (XRT)

    03-17-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    ETF Spotlight on  SPDR S&P Retail (NYSEArca: XRT), part of a weekly series. Assets: $322 million Objective: Tracks the S&P Retail Select Industry Index Holdings: XRT's top holdings are a mix of apparel, auto and bargain retailers, including Footlocker (NYSE: FL), Jo...

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  • Retail ETFs: Spending Picks Up, But One Area Lags

    03-12-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Word on the street is that the spending trend is once again resuming, but don't necessarily believe everything you hear. Consumer discretionary spending is still at low levels, even among the high-income set, leaving targeted exchange traded funds (ETFs) lagging slightly. Dis...

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  • Consumers Start Shopping in February; ETFs Yawn

    03-12-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Shoppers braved record snowfall to turn out in force and buy stuff. The end result was a hike in retail sales and a lot of shocked economists, who thought sales would decline last month. Despite the surprise, the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) stayed flat. Economist...

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  • Biotechnology M&As, Wholesale Mix the Markets and ETFs

    03-10-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Mergers and acquisitions are starting to be a sign of the times. An unexpected decline in wholesale inventories wasn't enough to put the markets in the red in early trading, thanks to a slew of M&A deals in the biotechnology and financial sectors. Abbott Laboratories (NYS...

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  • Retailers Keep Markets and ETFs in the Black

    03-04-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales figures in February were the best they've been in years, pushing the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) into lightly positive territory. But holding things back is the report on pending home sales, which went on a surprise decline in January. If you were wo...

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  • Slew of Positives Lift Markets and ETFs

    03-01-2010 10:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Finally, Greece may have a bailout deal in hand and AIG (NYSE: AIG) agreed to sell off one of its divisions in order to raise some much-needed cash. The net effect is a slew of exchange traded funds (ETFs) in positive territory in early trading. The European Union and Greece ...

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  • 5 ETFs to Play the New Retail Climate

    02-25-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This retail landscape is not your parents' retail landscape. Gone are the days of fierce brand loyalty and believing that higher cost means higher quality. Today's shopper is happily snapping up store brands and always bargain-hunting. This shift means looking at your retail exch...

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  • Bad News on China, Consumers Socks Stocks and ETFs

    02-12-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) stumbled this morning after a few rounds of bad news: China raised reserve requirements on its banks for the second time in a month, U.S. exports are being hit by a stronger dollar and the Eurozone had almost no growth in the fourth quarter...

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  • Consumers, Manufacturing and Incomes Lift Markets

    02-01-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The month of February has opened on a high note as stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) after reports showed that the manufacturing sector accelerated last month while personal incomes and consumer spending rose. Finally, a big batch of good news to kick off the new month:...

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  • Retail ETFs May Benefit From Smarter Retailers

    01-14-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last year wasn't a good year for the retail sector and related exchange traded funds (ETFs), with companies holding high inventories and consumers not biting. Retailers have learned a harsh lesson and they are now adapting to make themselves more efficient. At the 99th ann...

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  • Stocks, ETFs Mixed After Drab Retail Numbers, Jobs Report

    01-14-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales numbers are out today, as stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) take a breath in anticipation of good news. Jobless claims is another factor weighing on Wall Street.Retail sales for 2009 showed the biggest yearly drop on record and the number of newly laid-off wor...

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  • Good News, Bad News Has Stocks, ETFs Looking for Direction

    01-07-2010 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors are eagerly awaiting tomorrow's December employment report, which has stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) moving in a narrow range. Perhaps as a clue, the Labor Department reported that weekly claims rose less than expected last week. Same-store retail sales had...

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  • Manufacturing and Service Sector Numbers Have ETFs Mixed

    01-06-2010 10:00 AM by cecilpendicamp21

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are higher this morning after two pieces of mixed economic data. According to the ADP National Employment Report, employment decreased 84,000 from November to December. However, data did show that the services sector in the US did expand in...

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  • Retail Holiday Sales Give Stocks, ETFs a Modest Boost

    12-28-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchanged traded funds (ETFs) are slightly higher today in light trading. For this period between Christmas and New Year, we should see light trading volumes all week. Retailers got a gift this holiday season as retail sales rose an estimated 3.6% from a year earli...

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  • Play Christmas Commercialization With ETFs

    12-25-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's the season of old Kris Kringle, and whether you like it or not, along with it comes the commercialization of Christmas. While this is great for retailers and related exchange traded funds (ETFs), it really bums out good old Charlie Brown. Commercialization is a far larger...

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  • Retail ETFs: A Lump of Coal or a Nice Surprise?

    12-23-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Despite a massive snowstorm that brought the East coast to a halt last week, many retailers are showing improved year-over-year results and the holiday shopping season is not quite wrapped up. Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are feeling the love. This season has already shown st...

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  • Strong Retail Sales for November Lift ETFs

    12-11-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Commerce Department reported this morning that U.S. retail sales jumped 1.3% in November led by sales in autos, gasoline and electronics. Excluding auto and gasoline sales, core retail sales rose by 0.6%. This is a positive economic sign amid the holiday shopping season, ...

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  • Retail ETFs: Capitalize on What Holiday Shoppers Are Buying

    12-07-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Everyone wished for a Black Friday and a Cyber Monday successful enough to lift retailers out of the red and push retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) into the black. A little more than a week later, how's the holiday shopping season looking for those retailers and how can you cap...

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  • 5 ETFs for a Global Recovery

    11-30-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    There are a copious amount of available exchange traded funds (ETFs) and, at times, it may be difficult to shift through and choose an investment that is likely to improve along with global economies. We've chosen five that could reflect the world's recovery efforts. Copper. C...

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  • How to Play Black Friday With ETFs

    11-27-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The competition is fierce for holiday sales this year. So much so, that when it comes to some retailers, Black Friday has already begun. There are myriad ways you can play the bargain-hunting with exchange traded funds (ETFs). Black Friday is the traditional kick-off for the ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Stocks, Retailers Get Data Boost

    11-25-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Both stocks and exchanged traded funds (ETFs) edged higher this morning on light pre-holiday trading. Traders were encouraged by positive reports on consumer spending, home sales and weekly jobless claims. Wall Street reacted positively to the fact that initial jobless c...

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  • Midday Market Update: Jobs Report Cheers Wall Street

    11-05-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Upbeat news about the state of the U.S. job market has pushed stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher this morning. However, while the rate of layoffs has slowed, there's a downside that's concerning some economists. The Labor Department has reported that the number of...

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  • Midday Market Update: Wall Street Awaits Fed's Decision

    11-04-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are moving up this morning as the markets await an announcement by the Federal Reserve. Chairman Ben Bernanke is expected to announce that interest rates will remain where they are for now. The Federal Reserve policymakers are anticipat...

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  • Midday Market Update: Housing Gives a Push

    10-27-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Reports on how consumers are feeling these days and encouraging news from the real estate sector have stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) trading slightly higher this morning. For the third consecutive month, home prices rose in August. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shil...

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  • Retail ETFs: Is a Fresh Approach All It Takes?

    10-20-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. consumers have retreated, and many are not buying anything but what's necessary leaving retailers to rethink their selling approach as the holidays near. Can exchange traded funds (ETFs) prevail in this tight-fisted climate? The picture of the U.S. consumer has shifted f...

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  • Retail ETFs: Are September Numbers Foreshadowing the Holidays?

    10-08-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The September retail sales figures are in, and it's better than expected. But can these results be turned around into a holiday "win" for retail exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Why analysts predicted a 1% decline, sales actually rose 0.6%. Discounts and bargains have helped lur...

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  • Midday Market Update: Stocks, ETFs Respond to Improved Figures

    10-08-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are enjoying a push this morning from a better-than-expected report from the retail sector. September retail sales rose 0.6%, better than what analysts had expected. Retailers have been hurting for more than a year now as consumers have...

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  • What It Will Take to Spur Retail ETFs This Christmas

    09-27-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Although there are plenty of signs that the economy is stabilizing, consumer spending may still be weak for awhile, taking a toll on the retail sector and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) during the holiday season. Traditionally, the retail sector has its best month at the e...

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  • Midday Market Update: Commodity Rebound Lifts Markets

    09-22-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) opened in positive territory piggy-backing on a rebound in global markets and commodities, as well as anticipation of the outcome of a two-day Fed meeting. As the dollar continues to weaken, commodities such as oil and gold have rebo...

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  • Midday Market Update: Bernanke Comments Enliven Markets

    09-15-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said that despite a 26-year high unemployment rate, the economy is most likely growing that the recession is "very likely over." Wall Street and exchange traded funds (ETFs) turned slightly positive as a result. The Commerce Department re...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Lifted On Economic News

    09-03-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) opened the morning relatively flat as positive news regarding unemployment numbers canceled out the effects of a mixed retail report. The International Council of Shopping Centers and Goldman Sachs reported that sales at established st...

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  • Retail ETFs to Represent All Shopping Habits

    08-11-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    There is some good news that consumers are beginning to spend again, but how much and is it enough to heal markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) is yet to be seen. The rapid recovery in stock prices has consumers and U.S. companies hopeful that a "wealthy" feeling will ret...

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  • Midday Market Update: Consumer Spending Has Markets Slumping

    08-06-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in negative territory this morning as new reports indicate that American consumers are still clinging tightly to their wallets. Job security, a decline in income and simply an overall attraction to saving cash led to sluggish ...

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  • Are Retail ETFs Up for Back-To-School Shopping?

    07-29-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Consumers are still seeking value as kids begin to trudge back to school. While the retail sector, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), should be content with shoppers coming back, stores are now vying for their share of the clientele in a heavily marked-down price wa...

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  • What Retail Sales Trends Signal About ETF's Direction

    07-19-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Consumption. It's what drives the American economy. Retail trends are likely to recover but at a more slower pace, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be one way to trace the recovery of consumer habits and retail. Recent retail trends are likely to continue for awhile. Tha...

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  • 5 ETFs That Have Done a 180 From 2008

    07-10-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    In 2008, most exchange traded funds (ETFs) took a beating to some degree or another. In 2009, the economy is still limping along, but some of last year's most beaten-down have been crawling their way back with impressive results. Here are five of them. Note that this isn't a com...

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  • Midday Market Update: Savings Rate Hinders Wall Street

    06-26-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in negative territory this morning on discouraging consumer spending news and a rising savings rate that could delay a recovery. The Commerce Department reported that personal spending, incomes and savings all rose in May. This i...

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  • As Retailers Shift Strategies, Will ETFs and Consumers Bite?

    06-23-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As retailers are understanding the need to shift strategies to adapt to new consumer trends, the retail sector and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) may be on the verge of some big changes. High-end stores will begin to offer more economic and less-pricey merchandise, and m...

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  • Consumer Spending and ETFs: What's a Comeback Going to Take?

    06-18-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Positive news regarding inflation is indicating that those worries should start to ease, thanks to a lower-than-expected rise in producer prices.  This is great news, but how will it affect consumer spending and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that follow this economic indicator...

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  • The Consumer, Economic Cost for High Commodity Prices and ETFs

    06-15-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's always something, isn't it? As the dollar is on a general downtrend, oil, gas and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are moving higher as new fears about consumer spending are ignited. Any slowdown could drag out a full economic recovery. Oil prices fell more than $100...

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  • How Retailers and ETFs Are Accommodating Value-Hunters

    06-04-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The recent recession may have permanently altered the money habits of a generation, which means that retailers and exchange traded funds (ETFs) may find themselves shifting to accommodate the more value-conscious consumer. Budget shopping has become the norm. Many households w...

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  • Midday Market Update: Consumers Feeling Fine

    05-26-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    If you've had an extra spring in your step lately, maybe you're one of the many consumers who reported a brighter outlook for May, boosting the market and exchange traded funds (ETFs). Consumer confidence levels are the highest they've been in eight months, reports Jack Healy for...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Drop on Weak Retail News

    05-13-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in the red this morning on weaker than expected retail sales, a good indicator of consumer confidence. The markets two month rally has been put on hold as the Commerce Department released data indicating that retail sales 0.4% ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Jobs Outlook Appears to Be Improving

    05-08-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in positive territory on uplifting economic news about jobs and more. The Labor Department reported that employers slashed 539,000 jobs in April, the fewest in the last six months and much better than what economists were thinki...

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  • Where ETFs Stand After Obama's First 100 Days

    04-29-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Now that President Barack Obama and his new administration are at the milestone 100-day mark, it's also time to tally up the administration's impact on exchange traded funds (ETFs). After 100 days of new leadership, it's time to evaluate the new administration's progress. In r...

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  • Where You Can Find ETF Opportunities in This Market

    04-28-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Although many investors are awaiting the big rebound, there are plenty of market opportunities for exchange traded fund (ETF) investors to get in on small daily dips. In reality, two of the three major averages have not moved much over the month of April.  According to Yahoo...

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  • We're In a Recession, So Why Hasn't the Retail ETF Gotten the Memo?

    04-23-2009 01:30 PM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. retailers and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track the sector have seen a nice rally for 2009.  But the question is: can it continue? No one can predict the future, but we can certainly look at what's happening now.  While SPDR S&P Retail (XRT) is down in early...

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  • How Discount Shoppers Are Helping Retail ETFs

    04-18-2009 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Cheap is the new black. The changing face of consumerism is America is leading to a value-oriented shopper, leaving low-cost retailers in a position to prosper, and it is displayed in the performance of retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Family Dollar Store (FDO) is a l...

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  • How to Access Value Using ETFs

    04-16-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The strategy for retailers throughout this recession has been value, as the larger stores are staying on top of the markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) by adjusting advertising and marketing strategies, accordingly. The major stores have gotten the message, and the value...

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  • Why Retail ETFs Are Gaining Strength

    04-09-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Is there are way to tell if the retail sector is ripe with opportunity right now and if the diversification benefits are better with a retail exchange traded fund (ETF)? The theory of putting all of your eggs in one basket has cracked, and many investors now know that diversif...

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  • 7 Ways Consumers Are Shifting and How It Affects ETFs

    04-08-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The changing face of consumerism in both North America and Europe has markets and economists stumped, as creative advertising measures have not helped drum up sales, leaving shares and exchange traded funds (ETFs) deflated. Both retailers and manufacturers in Europe and North ...

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  • How Homebody Consumers Benefit ETFs

    04-03-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    There are certain stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) pulling ahead and doing quite well amid the recession, and they may surprise you. Because of the uncertain economic climate, consumers are cutting back and doing things like eating at home, holding onto their cars long...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Rebound Despite Sour Housing News

    03-31-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As investors speculated about whether banks will be the leader of the market's rebound, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) rose this morning, extending the biggest monthly gain since 2003. The S&P 500 was up 0.7%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 0.8% and the ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Markets Down Despite Good News

    03-27-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are trading down this morning on news of lower oil and metal prices dragging down commodity producers, a higher-than-expected contraction of the U.K. economy and as investors cash in on some of this month's biggest gains. The Dow Jon...

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  • Midday Market Update: Bad GDP Doesn't Get the Markets Down

    03-26-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The U.S. stock market and exchange traded funds (ETFs) extended their rally this morning, giving the market its best monthly gain since 1987.  Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's speech to Congress and updated GDP numbers could be significant factors in what happens today. The...

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  • Midday Market Update: Hey, Ben Bernanke - Can You Help?

    03-18-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While many believe that the U.S. recession and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are still facing an uphill battle, U.S. stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are lower on concerns that some of the brightest minds in Washington will fail to come up with a plan to further stimulate o...

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  • Midday Market Update: Downgrades and Mergers Lead Markets and ETFs

    03-12-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    General Electric (GE) has been stripped of their AAA credit rating by Standard & Poor's, citing troubles within inner-workings,. but exchange traded funds (ETFs) and market are rising above it so far. GE was cited for the poor performance of their finance unit, however, s...

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  • Midday Market Update: Factory Orders Stress Out Markets and ETFs

    03-05-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    February retail reports were not as disappointing as January numbers, as tighter inventory control and milder weather gave retailers and related exchange traded funds(ETFs) a break for the month. Retail. Wal-Mart (WMT) had gained the most, outdoing expectations, however, high...

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  • 4 Reasons Retailers and ETFs Are Suffering

    02-20-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    With the current economic conditions and no real hope for a rebound in the near future, most people are saving every dime that they have to spare and this philosophy is taking its toll on the retail industry and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track it. Conditions are so ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Can Stimulus Rally Markets, ETFs, Spending?

    02-13-2009 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Today Congress is expected to pass the long-awaited U.S. stimulus package, totaling $789 billion, in an attempt to salvage the economy from the deepening recession; markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) will react, but which way, only time will tell. Saving Jobs. So far, t...

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  • When Will Retail ETFs' Fortunes Change?

    01-29-2009 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumers are not consuming, and retailers, along with related exchange traded funds (ETFs), are taken aback by this sudden change in behavior. Lower Sales. Retailers have already warned of lower sales and profits for the months ahead as unsatisfactory sales reports from previ...

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  • Midday Market Update: Housing, Consumer Confidence Weigh on ETFs

    01-27-2009 10:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    The Standard & Poor's Case-Shiller 20 City Housing Index fell 18.2% since last November, the largest drop since 2000, giving stocks and exchange traded funds(ETFs) something to worry about. The closely watched index of home prices fell by a marked amount in November g...

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  • Midday Market Update: What's Bumming Out Retail ETFs?

    01-14-2009 10:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales have fallen straight down, signaling that the economic hardships, markets and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are still going to plague the United States. The Commerce Department reported that sales had plunged for the sixth consecutive month by 2.7%, around ...

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  • Will Retail ETFs Pick Up the Pace?

    12-31-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The holiday shopping season is drawing to a close, and the retailers and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) didn't get the turnout they had hoped for. Despite the deep discounts and early clearance sales, retailers were unable to lure consumers and spur a spending rally as t...

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  • Midday Market Update: Housing Market, ETFs in Holding Pattern

    12-30-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The housing market data shows that the market is in shambles, as home values in 20 metropolis areas have plummeted at a record pace, taking investments and exchange traded funds (ETFs) along for the downhill slide. According to recent data, the October sales numbers prove tha...

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  • 3 Key Differences Between ETFs and HOLDRs

    12-20-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Selecting exchange traded funds (ETFs) that accurately represent industry sectors can make or break an investment. Before the emergence of the ever-so-versatile industry-specific ETF, investors used HOLDRS to track specific sectors such as banking, technology and retailing.  HO...

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  • Deals By Phone: Good for ETFs, Bad for Consumers?

    12-20-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Telecommunications and retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) could see future benefits of increased consumer spending via coupons in their mailboxes. Well, cellular mailboxes. The cellphone industry is starting to team up with retail shops in allowing cellphone users to browse f...

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  • 3 ETFs for the Discount Store Shopper

    12-18-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The recent recession may have something special going for the retail-focused stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) that focus on bargain-based retail. Consumer buying habits appear to be evolving with the economy, meaning that the consumer is looking for ways and places to s...

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  • Do Retail, Oil ETFs Reflect Plummeting Prices?

    12-16-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    While consumer prices are falling at the fastest rate on record, it doesn't seem to be delivering an equal boost to retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). While some of the larger retail funds are up slightly in the last month, it's hardly reflective of the rapid drop in prices...

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  • The Bailout's Meaning for ETFs and Economy

    12-10-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Rumors of a bailout deal between the White House and Democrats are spreading, and if the deal goes through, a crisis that could have further sent the economy and exchange traded funds (ETFs) into another downward spiral may have be averted. The deal is not official yet, however. ...

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  • Don't Get Sucked Into Retail, ETF Rally

    12-01-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    If you take the early numbers from this weekend at face value, the makings for decent holiday shopping season for retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) are in the works. But should investors really buy into the idea that all is suddenly well in the world of retail? Probably not....

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  • Black Friday Has Silver Lining For ETFs & Shoppers

    11-28-2008 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Black Friday is just around the corner, and retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) are holding their breath. Penni Crabtree for San Diego Union Tribune reports that distressed retailers are already rapidly discounting prices before the official startup of the holiday season in ho...

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  • Download Savings for Retail ETFs

    11-20-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Online retailers are increasingly becoming the shopping destination of choice, and an all-out price war could help retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) this holiday season. Malls and department stores are empty, and to compete for customers' attention, retailers are now offerin...

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  • ETFs May Benefit from Retailers' Desperate Measures

    11-19-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    In an attempt to gain momentum and show some sign of hope, retailers are offering huge discounts allowing shoppers to get great bargains.  One could only wonder if stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs) and other securities are mimicking these bargains. The desperation that has ...

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  • Eurozone Recession Undermines Oil's Slip, ETFs

    11-14-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    October was a record month for sagging retail sales, proving further that consumers are tightening up their wallets, and not adding to a domestic economic boost for Wall Street or exchange traded funds(ETFs). The decline in auto sales led the drop, but clothing and furniture was...

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  • Bad Assets Bum Out ETFs

    11-12-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson announced the government will not buy bank's toxic mortgage assets after all, sending dismay to investors and Wall Street, which negatively affected exchange traded funds (ETFs). Much of Wall Street was excited about the prospect of having the ...

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  • American Consumer Slowdown Impedes Retail ETFs

    10-31-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Spender's remorse has set in and retail-related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are showing the aftermath of a less enthusiastic buyer. The most recent figures show that the American economy has shrunk by an annualized rate 0.3% in the 3rd quarter. Consumer spending, the largest ...

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  • Retail ETFs Pessimistic After Report, But Wall Street Prevails

    10-28-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) are lower in early trading on reports that consumer confidence is at its lowest point on record this month. The consumer confidence index plunged to 38, down from 61.4 in September and far below expectations of 52, reports Christopher S. Rug...

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  • Consumers' Mood, Homebuilder ETFs Continue to Suffer

    10-17-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Home construction exchange traded funds (ETFs) are down this morning after a report showed the production is at its slowest pace in 17 years. The 6.3% plunge was much larger than expected, reports Martin Crutsinger for the Associated Press. Economists had predicted at 1.6% dec...

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  • Retail Sales Point to Slow ETFs and Holiday Sales

    10-08-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The sharp slowdown in retail sales don't bode well for this holiday season or related exchange traded funds (ETFs). The September numbers are in, and few companies are immune from the slowdown - including bargain retailers. Many of them saw significant declines as low as the d...

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  • A 'Poor' Feeling Hits Retail ETFs

    10-07-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    During tough economic times consumers usually pull back on their spending, and this market is no exception, as exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track consumerism have pulled back, leaving room only for necessities. Falling home values, higher gas prices and more expensive foo...

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  • Consumer, Real Estate News Affects ETFs Differently

    09-30-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail and real estate-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) could be affected by the latest round of good news/bad news from their respective sectors. Consumer confidence in September actually made some slight gains to hit their highest reading since April, reports Lara Moscri...

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  • Retail ETFs Rose In August Despite Flat Spending

    09-29-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer spending became even weaker in August as back-to-school shopping failed to deliver a boost to the sector, even though retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) managed small gains for the month. Spending was the weakest it's been in six months as the boost from the economic...

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  • Holiday Season May Not Be Merry for Retail ETFs

    09-24-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    This holiday season may not have retailers decking the halls, as most consumers are facing a thinning wallet, leaving exchange traded funds (ETFs) to follow. U.S. retailers are expected to post the smallest holiday gains in six years, as consumers are tackling unemployment, mi...

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  • Consumer ETFs Stalwarts Amid Financial Crisis

    09-16-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Consumer prices fell in August after months of rampant inflation, which in turn benefited retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Consumer Price Index fell 0.1% from last month, preceded by two months of increases: 0.8% in July and 1.1% in June. But economists are cautioni...

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  • Consumer Mood Lifts ETFs, Retail Numbers Take Them Lower

    09-12-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The mood of consumers has risen to an eight-month high this month, and the performance of retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) are reflecting the lighter mood. The jump in the confidence index was unexpected, and it was the biggest monthly jump since January 2004, reports Steve...

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  • There Are ETFs You Can Use to Hide From the Bear

    09-11-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets are ugly, and many exchange traded funds (ETFs) are reflecting that. But as we always say, even as some areas are down, there are other areas that are performing well. You just have to take the time to look. Jim Wiandt for Index Universe gets started with some ETFs...

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  • ETFs Could Deck the Halls With Strong Retail Numbers for Discounters

    09-03-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Is the Ghost of Christmas Future trying to tell us that exchange traded funds (ETFs) could benefit from bargain-hunting this holiday season? The economy is not out of the doldrums yet, to be sure. While prices are off their recent highs, oil is still above $100 a barrel, and g...

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  • Falling Gas Prices Make Consumers and Retail ETFs Happy

    08-26-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    What do you know? Falling gas prices this month lifted the collective mood of consumers and exchange traded funds (ETFs). It's had quite an effect, too: the increase in confidence is the biggest in two years, reports Anne D'Innocenzio for the Associated Press. It's also the seco...

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  • Inflation, Housing Numbers Show ETFs, Markets Still In the Thick Of It

    08-19-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Life is getting more expensive these days, and exchange traded funds (ETFs) could reflect it. Wholesale prices are shooting up at their fastest clip since 1981. Inflation surged 1.2% in July, more than twice what had been expected, reports Martin Crutsinger for the Associated ...

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  • Weak Auto Sales Weigh Down Retail Sector and ETFs

    08-13-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The retail sector and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a little down in the dumps today after reports show that consumers are still getting squeezed by high fuel prices. Sales fell in July, and it was the weakest performance in five months, reports Martin Crutsinger for the As...

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  • Are Certain ETFs Overlooked for Good Reasons?

    08-13-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As the global economy experiences worldwide economic slowdown, different exchange traded funds (ETFs) do not seem to be drawing to much attention to themselves. Gary Gordon of ETF Expert points out that certain ETFs that are simply not shown any love. The iShares MSCI Austral...

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  • Lackluster Start to Back-To-School Season Hits Retail ETFs

    08-07-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Those rebate checks are drying up, and the short-term boost retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) saw in the last month could be nearing its end as retailers report mixed results. The overall outlook for the back-to-school season looks less cheery than it did a few weeks ago, as...

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  • ETFs, Markets Move Up on Federal Reserve's Decision

    08-05-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    As expected, the Federal Reserve once again stood firm on the interest rate, while the markets and exchange traded funds seemed to like the news. The key interest rate remained unchanged at 2%, reports Martin Crutsinger for the Associated Press. The benchmark prime lending rat...

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  • Oil Prices Put Pinch on Consumers, ETFs in June

    08-04-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Rising prices in June smacked down consumer spending and related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Spending, after adjusted for inflation, fell as shoppers were hit by the biggest price increases in nearly three decades. Those prices are reflected mostly by the big jump in gasolin...

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  • Will Back-to-School ETFs Be As Great As Gatsby This Season?

    07-25-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The ads are already infiltrating the newspapers and television commercials, and like Rodney Dangerfield, many U.S. families are gearing up to go back to school. Are retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) ready? Retailers are awaiting a spree of spending from parents of school-age...

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  • Retail ETFs Might Be About to Rock On Gas, Food Strength

    07-15-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) took a hit today as the June numbers came in. The 0.1% increase was weaker than analysts had expected, mostly because auto sales have plunged, reports Martin Crutsinger for the Associated Press. The 4.6% jump in sales at ga...

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  • Retail ETFs Affected By Teens "Dropping Out"

    07-03-2008 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    American teenagers are the latest consumers that have had to cut back on frivolous spending, as gas prices are affecting parents' spare change, affecting the retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) to an extent. Up until recently, kids were still boosting sales at trendy stores...

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  • That Shopping Spree Was Justified - It Helped Retail ETFs

    06-12-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) are jumping for joy at the news of an unexpected gain. So, if you were feeling a little guilty about that splurge, just tell yourself it was for the greater good. Retail sales rose a full point in May as consumers went on spending sprees wit...

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  • Retail ETFs Report in on Retail Sales Data

    06-05-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) seem to like the sales reports that came out today. Retail sales data for the month of May came in strong, despite gas prices hitting consumer wallets and a low consumer confidence, reports Peter McKay of the Wall Street Journal. Discount s...

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  • Some ETFs Might Be Up, But Consumers Are Feeling Down

    05-30-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Feeling a little crabby lately, even though your commodity exchange traded funds (ETFs) are putting up decent numbers? You're not alone: consumer sentiment is at a 28-year low. The reading for May was the lowest since June 1980, although it was a touch higher than the prelimi...

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  • Rising Gas, Food Prices Squeeze Consumers and ETFs

    05-27-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If you're feeling sad about the rising cost of living, you're not alone - the pinch is being felt everywhere, from the gas pump to exchange traded funds (ETFs). Consumer confidence has sunk to its lowest level in 16 years as a result, reports Anne D'Innocenzio for the Associat...

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  • Wholesale Inflation Slows, But Numbers Could Still Affect ETFs

    05-20-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Wholesale inflation slowed down some in April, which may ease a little of the pressure on the wallets and affect retail and consumer exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Producer Price Index (PPI) rose 0.2% in April. Outside of food and energy, prices rose 0.4%, reports Martin Cru...

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  • Oil Prices, ETFs Resume Their Flight After Breather

    05-16-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    One day, oil prices and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) are down, the next day, they soar again. Today is no exception: oil jumped more than $3 a barrel and set a new record: $127.82. Not only is the summer travel season impacting prices, but concerns over China's demand ...

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  • Home Sales and Retail Numbers Drop, But ETFs Trying to Keep Status Quo

    05-13-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The markets and exchange traded funds (ETFs) appear to be mostly chewing on the news about retail and housing before they make any rash moves. The price of a single-family home dropped 7.7% in the first quarter, making for the biggest year-over-year decline since record-keeping ...

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  • Will ETFs Remember Mother's Day When the Numbers Come Out?

    05-11-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    All those cards, flowers and assorted other gifts you picked up for your mom might benefit retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) when the numbers come out. You splurged, right? Some of you waited until the last minute, though. You don't fool us. Did you get her a nice Louis Vuitt...

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  • Consumer Spending, Earnings Numbers Drive Up Retail ETFs

    05-01-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) are ringing ka-ching in midday trading after some earnings and consumer-related reports. Consumer spending rose in March, but only because there wasn't much choice. Soaring prices for gas, food and everyday necessities meant bigger totals at ...

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  • Your Rebate Check Could Stimulate ETFs

    04-28-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Will exchange traded funds (ETFs) find the stimulus package stimulating? Tax rebates will start going out today, even earlier than reported, in the hopes that they will inject a shot in the arm into our stumbling economy. Since consumer spending is 70% of the economy, the h...

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  • Retail Numbers Rise, ETFs Yawn

    04-14-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail numbers were up slightly in March, which gave mixed results to related exchange traded funds (ETFs), but it's not what you think. The 0.2% gain in sales primarily is the result of the higher cost of gas. Retail sales would have been flat, had it not been for a big 1.1% j...

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  • Wal-Mart Supplier ETF: A Haven In a Recession?

    04-11-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Wal-Mart (WMT) seems to so far be benefiting from the tough economy, so how is the Wal-Mart supplier exchange traded fund (ETF) doing? Yesterday's retail report, which delivered the weakest numbers in 13 years, did have good news for discount retailers. Both Wal-Mart and Co...

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  • Retail Sales Drop In March; ETFs Up Midday

    04-10-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The retail sales picture didn't change much last month, but exchange traded fund (ETF) investors don't appear to be so discouraged. Despite retailers reporting the weakest March sales in 13 years, retail ETFs were up more than 2% midday. The usual suspects contributed to slow...

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  • Best Buy Posts Lower Earnings, Retail ETFs Take It Well

    04-02-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Best Buy Co. Inc. (BBY) announced that its fourth-quarter earnings fell 3%, but the news so far doesn't appear to be hurting the retail exchange traded fund (ETF) too much. The company still managed to beat Wall Street's expectations, reports Joshua Freed for the Associated Pr...

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  • Retail ETFs Are Shopping For Consumers

    03-28-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) posted some losses this week. Where have all the shoppers gone? Retailer J.C. Penny (JCP) had a lowered outlook, reports Tomi Kilgore for Thomson Financial, with a bitter sentiment toward the sector. So far this week, it's down 14.8%. The co...

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  • Financial and Real Estate Numbers Keep Markets, ETFs Busy

    03-25-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    A flurry of activity and reports on Wall Street today sent exchange traded funds (ETFs) moving in every direction. Financials took a hit on the news that Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc. (MER) had its earnings forecasts cut by JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and UBS AG, reports Kevin Plumbe...

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  • Tiffany's Good News Eases the Mean Reds In Retail ETFs

    03-24-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Jewelry purveyor Tiffany & Co. (TIF) put up strong results on Monday, delivering a dose of positivity to retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) and the overall sector. It's was sitting at 7-week highs this morning. While Tiffany isn't a major holding of any of the retail ETFs,...

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  • Retail ETFs Jump As Investors, Like Shoppers, Look for Bargains

    03-20-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Battered and bruised retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) are springing back to life today as investors invade the market, looking for a bargain or two. The sector tends to take a beating when times are tough, as investors close their wallets and restrict spending to the bare es...

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  • Prices Up, Home Construction Down, But ETFs Don't Get the Memo

    03-18-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    If you were just going by the performance of certain exchange traded funds (ETFs) in intraday trading, you wouldn't think some bad news about the housing and retail sectors had just come out. First, wholesale prices rose again last month, by 0.3%. Outside of food and energy, pr...

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  • Consumer Spending Drops In February, Dragging ETFs

    03-13-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales and exchange traded funds (ETFs) took another hit today. The Commerce Department reported that the numbers were down by 0.6% - much worse than the expected 0.2%. The slow sales affected all corners of the market, from autos, furniture and appliances, reports Marti...

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  • Retailers Get a Break In February, But ETFs Don't React

    03-06-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retailers got a break in February, but retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) so far today don't appear to have gotten the memo. Overall, sales were sluggish, but the numbers reverse the downward slide sales have been on for the last six months. While consumers returned to the s...

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  • Housing and Big Ticket Item Sales Drop, Taking ETFs With Them

    02-27-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    More housing and consumer numbers came in today, affected real estate and retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). The Commerce Department reported that new home sales fell in January by 2.8%. It's the slowest pace in 13 years. The median price of a home also dropped to $216,000, d...

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  • Consumer, Housing Numbers Roll In, But Will ETFs Feel It?

    02-20-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Worries continue to plague both the retail and housing sectors and exchange traded funds (ETFs) as more numbers are released today that show signs of creeping inflation. The Labor Department reported today that the consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.4% in January, say Brian Black...

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  • Wal-Mart Profits Up, But Little Effect on Retail ETFs So Far

    02-19-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Wal-Mart (WMT) reported a jump in sales both here and abroad, but the positive numbers are so far showing minimal effect on retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). It's good news for the retail sector, though, because consumer spending is a key component of economic growth. Any ...

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  • Bernanke Plays Role Of Heartbreaker for Markets and Some ETFs

    02-14-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    It's Valentine's Day, but the economy and exchange traded funds (ETFs) aren't feeling much love from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Bernanke told Congress today that the country's economic outlook has deteriorated. But, perhaps as a way to say "let's be friends,&qu...

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  • Retail Sector and Related ETFs Get a Surprise Package

    02-13-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The retail sector finally got some surprise good news, which brought retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) higher along with it. The U.S. Commerce Department reported today that January retail sales rose 0.3%, reports Tomi Kilgore for Thomson Financial. It's the exact opposite of...

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  • Malaise Shows in Retail ETFs and Sectors

    02-07-2008 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As if the wallets weren't shut tight enough already: retail sales fell even further in January, putting a damper on related exchange traded funds (ETFs). Anne D'Innocenzio for the Associated Press reports that retailers had their weakest January performance in almost four decad...

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  • ETFs Prove Women Are Not Shopping 'Til They Drop

    02-05-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) and stocks are reflecting that women's retailers could be nearing an inflection point, with trends at negative-to-flattish for 10 months. Brigid Gaffikin for Thomson Financial reports that women's specialty comps look to have led the way into a re...

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  • Consumer Spending Flat In December, Delivering Mixed Results to ETFs

    02-01-2008 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    By and large, consumers kept their wallets shut in December and spending was flat, delivering disappointment to retail exchange traded funds (ETFs). Consumer spending rose by only 0.2% after jumping 1% in November. It accounts for two-thirds of the nation's economic growth, re...

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  • Is Love in the Air for Some ETFs?

    01-29-2008 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    According to singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, "Cupid only misses sometimes," and according to the analysts and exchange traded fund (ETF) enthusiasts, "Cupid's costs are expected to rise in 2008." Hmmm. I think the other way was better. The National Retail F...

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  • Retail Numbers and ETFs Verify Slowing Economy

    01-16-2008 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Shoppers appear to be penny-pinching, and this drop in consumerism is affecting retail focused exchange traded funds (ETFs) and Wall Street. December presented a 0.4% drop in retail sales, ending the weakest retail sales season since 2002. This also underscores the possibility ...

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  • Even Though The Holidays Are Over, Retail ETFs Could Still Get a Life

    01-06-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    If you were invested in retail exchange traded funds (ETFs), you might be licking your wounds after the slow holiday season. But hold up: it's not over yet. Joanne Von Alroth for Investor's Business Daily says that while retail ETFs mirrored the slow holiday season, some anal...

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  • Christmas Retail ETFs Get In The Spirit

    12-24-2007 03:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Christmas is upon us, and retail focused stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) have Wall Street feeling giddy. Have you been to the local store, or even just driving on the road lately? People are coming out of all nooks and crannies to spend their money and give the best gift...

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  • Tiffany Rating Doesn't Sparkle For Retail/Luxury ETFs

    12-05-2007 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Could there be fewer retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) in little blue boxes this year? The Tiffany & Co. (TIF) rating fell Tuesday, so anticipation of these blue boxes may have a few of us feeling, well, blue. This is not a good sign right before the holidays, and it means...

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  • Rate Cuts, Retail Sales and Jobs - All Affect ETFs

    12-03-2007 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last week, stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) rose on indications of interest rate cuts, but this week's job market and retail sales readings will be key in determining how the U.S. economy is really doing.  Madlen Read of the Associate Press reports that rate cuts can...

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  • Consumers Spend on Black Friday - What About Retail ETFs?

    11-26-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Black Friday is an important shopping day and an indicator of how retail stores and their exchange traded funds might be affected by holiday sales.  ShopperTrak, a research group, said sales on Black Friday rose 8.3% on the year, with sales totaling $10.3 billion, reports A...

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  • Consumers Snapping Their Wallets Shut, and ETFs Are Taking the Hit

    11-16-2007 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Investors of all types, from those who love exchange traded fund (ETF) to the ones who favor individual stocks, are weighing in the current environment with retailers, banks, and energy companies. Wall Street is bickering with concerns about the strength of consumer spending and...

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  • Boo! Retail ETFs Look Scary Instead of Merry

    11-11-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) are looking more like Halloween fright instead of holiday merriment. Retailers announced disappointing October sales, thanks to consumers' ongoing fears about housing and the rising cost of energy, according to Anne D'Innocenzio of the Associa...

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  • Will Retail ETFs Have a Holly Jolly Holiday?

    11-02-2007 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Will this holiday shopping season be a game of shopper-retailer chicken? And what will this do to the retail-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs)? Many are convinced that the subprime mortgage crisis and credit crunch will lead many consumers to tighten their wallets this holida...

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  • Some Undervalued ETFs Present Opportunity

    11-02-2007 01:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Everyone has their way of analyzing exchange traded funds (ETFs) for their portfolio. Morningstar analyst Jeffrey Ptak looks at ETFs in a different light than most. He views them as individual stocks, checking fair values of companies within an ETF against the share price, repor...

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  • Is It an ETF Bargain?

    10-14-2007 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Is there a method to evaluate the valuations and attractiveness of major market indexes and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that follow them? Morningstar's 100-plus equity analysts can help give some insight. With more than 2,000 stocks under scrutiny, their research spans mo...

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  • Retail ETFs Drag

    09-17-2007 12:36 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail sales have disappointed economists' expectations, fueling doubt concerning the American consumer and retail-focused exchange traded funds (ETFs). The sales numbers are likely to cause worry that consumers are feeling pressure from the credit and mortgage crunch, reports P...

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  • August Shopping Sprees Could Contribute to Retail ETFs' Performance

    09-06-2007 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) Retail HOLDRs (RTH) and SPDR S&P Retail (XRT) might benefit from some recent retail earnings reports. Of the 31 retailers that reported their store sales for August today, 20 outperformed their estimates, according to Thomson Financial. ...

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  • Will Back-to-School Shopping Supply Retail ETFs with a Boost?

    08-19-2007 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    As back-to-school shopping season begins, some retail exchange traded funds (ETFs) could get an extra boost. This year, the International Council of Shopping Centers predicts that shoppers will be bargain hunting, and the average household will spend about $450 on school supplie...

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  • Retail ETF Is In Season

    12-01-2006 01:16 PM by Tom Lydon

    If you have a retail exchange traded fund (ETF), then you'll be interested in the countdown to December 25th. Historically, "Black Friday" or the day after Thanksgiving, officially marks the holiday shopping season. The holiday season is where 25-40% of all sales are m...

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  • New ETFs Launched by State Street

    06-22-2006 08:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Today State Street launched six new exchange traded funds on the American Stock Exchange.  These new ETFs will track industry segments, giving investors more options with targeted industries. The new ETFs are: SPDR Metals & Mining (XME) SPDR Pharmaceuticals (XPH) S...

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Number of Holdings: 102

Real Estate 30.1%
Consumer Staples 26.8%
Specialty Stores 16.7%
Other 4.49%
Drug & Grocery Store Chains 4.3%
Travel & Tourism 3.6%
General Merchandise Stores 3.5%
Industrials 3%
Technology 2.2%
Department Stores 2%
Materials 1.1%
Consumer Discretionary 1.1%
Utilities 1%
Unknown 0.11%
Specialty Apparel Stores 19.2%
Other Spec Retail - Discr 14.8%
Auto Retail Stores 12.3%
Mass Merchants 8.7%
Food Retailers 7%
Department Stores 6.9%
Footwear Stores 4.9%
Consumer Elec & Applc Stores 4.5%
Internet Based Services 4.4%
E-Commerce Discretionary 3.6%
Convenience Stores 3.3%
Pharmacies & Drug Stores 3.2%
Home Products Stores 1.8%
Consumer Goods Rental 1.2%
Refining & Marketing 1.1%
Unknown 0.52%
United States 99.6%
Unknown 0.4%
Mid-cap 43.6%
Large-cap 25.8%
Small-cap 24.7%
Micro-cap 5.6%
Unknown 0.3%

Number of Holdings: 102

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Ticker

Name

Sector

Market Cap

Country

1.2% GME GameStop Corp Real Estate 4754690000 United States
1.2% LAD Lithia Motors Inc Consumer Staples 2497600000 United States
1.2% PETM PetSmart Inc Specialty Stores 6674950000 United States
1.2% LE Lands' End Inc Consumer Staples 1088440000 United States
1.2% SVU SUPERVALU Inc Drug & Grocery Store Chains 2148520000 United States
1.1% ABG Asbury Automotive Gr... Consumer Staples 2178260000 United States
1.1% KMX CarMax Inc Real Estate 11691660000 United States
1.1% SFLY Shutterfly Inc Miscellaneous 1918170000 United States
1.1% PAG Penske Automotive Gr... Consumer Staples 4632540000 United States
1.1% AMZN Amazon.com Inc Telecommunications 155302820000 United States

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