Your retail exchange traded fund (ETF) may still come out ahead, as the holiday shopping season is proving to be encouraging. The 1% increase in consumer spending was far better than the anticipated .01% for November.

Gasoline prices are lower and job growth has remained strong.  Martin Crutsinger reports that the economy could expand at a rate of 2.5% instead of the previous estimate at 1.8%. To take part in this rising consumerism from an investment standpoint look at Retail HOLDRs (RTH) . It is up 6% for the year. Top holdings include:

  1. Wal Mart Stores (WMT)
  2. Home Depot Inc. (HD)
  3. Target (TGT)
  4. Lowes Companies (LOW)
  5. Walgreen Co. (WAG)

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