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The very stocks, namely department store operators, that were previously holding back the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT), the largest dedicated retail exchange traded fund, are rebounding and that could bode well for an extended rally for XRT and rival retail ETFs. Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN) and Dow component Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) have recently helped […]

Until recently, retail stocks and the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT), the largest dedicated retail exchange traded fund, were lagging even as the broader consumer discretionary performed pretty well. Recent earnings reports from department stores, previously viewed as a drag on the retail space were better or less bad than expected, which prompted traders […]

Retail stocks are struggling this year and those struggles are reflected by the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT). XRT, the largest dedicated retail exchange traded fund, has had its share of struggles. However, some analysts think the broader retail space is poised to rebound, but investors should be wary of department store names. Amazon […]

Brick-and-mortar department stores have been struggling for sales, but online outlets are thriving. As people spend more time on the internet, consumers are spending more through online catalogues, supporting the outlook for e-commerce and internet-related exchange traded funds. Standard Chartered Plc research shows U.S. consumers are rapidly moving online, and in-store sales will likely slow […]

As the economy improves and consumers begin to spend again, investors can capitalize on the growth through consumer discretionary exchange traded funds. Consumer stocks have benefited from stronger household finances, rising employment and slowly expanding wages. Additionally, the plunge in energy prices, along with lower price tags at the gas pumps, have helped kept more […]

The VanEck Vectors Retail ETF (NYSEArca: RTH) is off 3.4% year-to-date. While that performance is nothing to brag about, it is somewhat sturdy compared to other retail exchange traded funds, which have been hampered by slumping apparel and auto retailers, among other factors. RTH covers the 25 largest U.S. companies involved in retail distribution, wholesalers, […]

With more consumers turning to online shopping avenues, investors may capitalize on the growing trend through a targeted internet retail or e-commerce exchange traded fund. The Amplify Online Retail ETF (NasdaqGM: IBUY), which began trading April 20, tries to track the performance of the EQM Online Retail Index, which is comprised of global companies that […]

As consumers turn away from brick-and-mortar stores in favor of online outlets, electric commerce-related internet exchange traded funds have outperformed the traditional retail sector. The internet retail sub-industry revealed the highest earnings growth at 143.1% for all 13 retail sub-industries, John Butters, Senior Earnings Analyst at FactSet, said in a note. In contrast, the department […]

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 […]