Retail

The developing world is showing uneven growth, with countries like Russia and Brazil floundering. Consequently, investors should pick their spots in the emerging markets and pay particular attention to exchange traded funds that track tech-heavy Taiwan, India, China and Korea. The deepening recession in Brazil and Russia have weakened the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India […]

Retail exchange traded fund investors will be keeping an eye on Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) Thursday as the online retail giant announce its fourth quarter earnings results. A survey of analysts expects AMZN per share earnings of $1.63 on sales of $36 billion, reports JJ Kinahan for Forbes. The holiday fueled quarter has historically been one […]

The El Nino weather phenomenon is throwing a wrench into the normal weather pattern to the dismay of retailers and sector-related exchange traded funds that depend on the seasonal sales boost. While the East Coast is finally experiencing some winter cold, analysts argue that a spike in demand for cold-weather apparel is too little too […]

An unexpectedly weak October consumer sales dragged on retail-related exchange traded funds and potentially foreshadowed a slowdown in spending ahead of a typically strong period for the consumer sectors. On Friday, the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) dipped 1.9%, SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) fell 2.9% and PowerShares Dynamic Retail Portfolio (NYSEArca: PMR) […]

Investors may temper expectations for retail stocks and sector-specific exchange traded funds as American consumers keep a lid on holiday shopping. Year-to-date, the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) increased 7.6%, SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) fell 4.1% and PowerShares Dynamic Retail Portfolio (NYSEArca: PMR) dipped 2.4%. While the retail sector has been rebounding […]

Retail chain giant Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) shares plunged the most in over 15 years Wednesday, dragging on the consumer staples and retail sector-related exchange traded funds. Wal-Mart’s stock fell over 9% Wednesday, its larges fall since February 2000, after the firm projected that earnings will decline 6% to 12% in the fiscal 2017, citing higher […]

Retail food chain Albertsons (NYSE: ABS) is set to launch its initial public offering later this week. Exchange traded fund investors may also see the supermarket pop up in some IPO- and eventually consumer staples-related ETFs. Albertsons is set to launch its IPO around October 14 at $23 to $26 per share for an equity […]

Despite the recent weakness in the markets, consumer discretionary stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds could outperform in the upcoming earnings season. Adam Parker, Morgan Stanley US Equity Strategist and Director of Quantitative Research, argues that the S&P 500 can generate 3% to 4% organic earnings growth for the year, with consumer discretionary leading the […]

E-commerce giant Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) is leading the charge in the consumer discretionary space and sector-related exchange traded funds as the retailer celebrates its 20th anniversary. Amazon stocks jumped 2.5% Tuesday to a new all-time high. Additionally, consumer discretionary ETFs also touched new highs. For instance, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) was […]

The low energy prices takes a little while to trickle through to households, setting up a potential turnaround in consumer sector-related exchange traded funds ahead. Year-to-date, the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) advanced 5.7% and the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) increased 2.8%. Meanwhile, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) rose […]

Consumer and retail sector exchange traded funds have been among the better performing areas of the market so far this year, but things could change if the Federal Reserve decides to hike rates. Year-to-date, the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) advanced 8.4% while the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) increased 6.1%. Meanwhile, the […]

Homebuilder exchange traded funds are capitalizing on the strengthening housing market, low-rate environment for new owners and greater consumer demand for home improvement. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (NYSEArca: XHB) rose 6.2% and the iShares U.S. Home Construction ETF (NYSEArca: ITB) gained 6.7%. The low-yield environment has made it easier and cheaper for Americans […]

The effects of a strong U.S. dollar could soon trickle through to retail stocks and exchange traded funds as the downward pressure on inflation and cheaper foreign goods entice American consumers. Cheaper oil has put more money into consumers’ pockets, bolstering retail ETFs. For instance, the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) advanced 5.4% year-to-date […]

The effects of lower oil prices will take a while to trickle through the economy, but consumer sector stocks and related exchange traded funds may have already priced in the potential boost to spending. Year-to-date, the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) advanced 4.9% and Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) increased 3.8%, compared […]

Despite the disappointing sales data, consumer discretionary and retail exchange traded funds have been outperforming and hit all-time highs Friday. Including the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH), SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) and Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY), eight discretionary and retail ETFs reached new highs Friday. Year-to-date, RTH increased 5.7%, […]

Retailers have revealed improved holiday sales and better guidance, suggesting that the expanding economy and lower oil prices are making a difference for retail sector exchange traded funds. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) increased 13.7% over the past three months and rose 11.0% over the past year. A number of retailers are showing […]

The holiday shopping season has brought consumer and retail sector exchange traded funds some Christmas cheer, and the improving conditions could entice consumers to keep fueling the economy through the new year. The Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) was the best consumer sector fund this year, rising 18.2% year-to-date. Additionally, theSPDR S&P Retail ETF […]

Retail exchange traded funds could see clear skies ahead as shoppers will enjoy relatively good weather over the final shopping weekend of the holiday season. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) rose 4.3%, Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) increased 12.9% and PowerShares Dynamic Retail Portfolio (NYSEArca: PMR) gained 7.5%. [Sector ETFs Capitalizing […]

The U.S. equities are expected to strengthen next year, but energy and industrial sector-related exchange traded funds could trail the broader markets. The Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLE) has already fallen behind the S&P 500, declining 8.3% year-to-date, compared to the S&P 500’s 13.6% rise. Meanwhile, the Industrial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLI) is […]

The U.S. economy will strengthen from falling crude oil prices as consumers are left with more spending money to spread around, with airline, automobile and retail sector-related exchange traded funds to likely benefit the most. “Low oil prices, which in turn have sent gas prices lower, are great news for the overall economy,” Anthony Grisanti, […]

I do the “ETF of the Week” for MarketWatch every Thursday on Chuck Jaffe’s MoneyLife Show where I highlight big movers and disappointments among exchange traded funds. This week, I took a look at the Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH). Lower gas prices, an improved jobs market and rising consumer confidence could make this […]

As the holiday shopping season goes into full swing, Americans have been limited by wage growth and only spend within their means, potentially subduing the outlook for consumer sector-related exchange traded funds. Over the past month, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) has increased 7.0% while the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) […]

Consumer stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds are finally beginning to pick up their pace as falling oil prices leave consumers with more spending money ahead of the holiday season. Over the past week, the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY) increased 1.9%, whereas the S&P 500 index gained 0.4%. Nevertheless, XLY has underperformed […]

Gearing up for a busy shopping season, the retail and consumer discretionary sector exchange traded funds may experience a little more holiday cheer. So far this year, the retail and consumer sectors have been underperforming the broader market. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) has declined 2.0% and Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: […]

The influx of seasonal retail jobs and greater turnover rates for part-timers in the consumer sector reveals potential strength in retail-related stocks and exchange traded funds going into the holiday season. So far this year, the retail space has been underperforming the broader market. For instance, the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) has declined […]

The strength in retail and consumer sector exchange traded funds belie the growing pessimism among Corporate America. Retail and consumer sector ETFs, such as the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) and Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLY), along with the broader equities market, are reaching new highs and are attracting robust inflows, with […]

Investors are going short retailers as the earnings season reveals uneven growth in the sector, dragging down retail-related exchange traded funds. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) has underperformed the broader market this year, falling 0.8% year-to-date, compared to the 8.6% gain in the S&P 500 index. So far this year, U.S.-listed retail ETFs […]

Despite an expanding economy and healthier employment numbers, consumers are spending less, with retail sales slowly losing steam, pressuring sector-related exchange traded funds. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT) has dipped 3.0% and Market Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) is down 1.7%. In comparison, the S&P 500 index is up 5.9% so far […]

Following a weak holiday shopping season, coupled with winter snow storms, weighed on retail names, the consumer discretionary sector, along with related exchange traded funds, is one of the most attractively priced U.S. equity sectors. “With its recent pullback, the consumer discretionary sector is, according to our fair value estimate, more attractively priced on a […]