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 appears to be getting passed through [to consumers],” Deutsche Bank analysts said in a note Thursday. They have a buy rating on the stock, citing Kroger’s “attractive valuation and accelerating sales.”
The shares are held in sector ETFs such as PowerShares Dynamic Retail (NYSEArca: PMR), Retail HOLDRS (AMEX: RTH), Rydex S&P Equal Weight Consumer Staples (NYSEArca: RHS) and SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT).
In other sector ETFs, homebuilder funds rose Thursday after a report showing housing starts climbed in May, while Pier One (NYSE: PIR) was also out with quarterly earnings. [Homebuilder ETFs Higher]
Equity ETFs swung positive after earlier losses Thursday. [ETFs Point to More Risk-Off Trade]
In industry news, exchange traded funds from Vanguard and BlackRock dominate the list of top 20 ETFs by total distribution in the 401(k) and defined contribution business, according to a report this week. [ETFs in Retirement Plans]
PowerShares Dynamic Retail
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