RTH covers the 25 largest U.S. companies involved in retail distribution, wholesalers, on-line, direct mail and TV retailers, multi-line retailers, specialty retailers and food and other staples retailers. Top components include Amazon (NasdaqGS: AMZN), Home Depot (NYSE: HD) and Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT).

Paul Hickey of Bespoke Investment Group “looked at the XRT, the ETF that tracks the performance of the retail group in the S&P 500. Hickey noted that since 2000, the XRT tends to outperform the broader markets in the month leading up to Thanksgiving. However, immediately following Thanksgiving, those stocks tend to fall, according to Hickey’s chart work,” reports CNBC.

“As is so often the case in markets, investing in a retail ETF over the long term may prove a jolly idea, but trying to time a play for a few weeks in late November and December is likely to put some proverbial coal in your portfolio,” adds Bloomberg.

SPDR S&P Retail ETF

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