Holiday Rush Sends Retail ETFs on a Tear | Page 2 of 2 | ETF Trends

Chloe Albanesius for PC Mag reports that free shipping has helped spur the increased online sales and the transportation sector. The Free Shipping Day helped produce a 61 % boost in online shopping from last year, and should continue to boost the sector for the remainder of the holiday season…and perhaps into 2011.

The strongest retail ETFs this holiday shopping period have reflected the broader uptrend in small-caps these days, too: PowerShares S&P SmallCap Consumer Staples (NYSEArca: XLPS), up 8.3%; PowerShares S&P SmallCap Consumer Discretionary (NYSEArca: XLYS), up 8.1%; Rydex S&P Equal Weight Consumer Discretionary (NYSEArca: RCD), up 6.1%.

Read the disclaimer; Tom Lydon is a board member of Rydex|SGI.

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.