Another Drag on Staples ETFs

XLP and rivals staples ETFs surged recently when Mondelez International (NasdaqGS: MDLZ), the company behind Oreo cookies and Cadbury chocolates, made a takeover bid for confectionery firm Hershey Co. (NYSE: HSY). However, Hershey has since rebuffed that offer.

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Rivals to XLP, which also have substantial exposure to food stocks, include the Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF (NYSEArca: VDC) and the Fidelity MSCI Consumer Staples Index ETF (NYSEArca: FSTA).

Regarding food stocks, “while the short-term trend is still negative, volume is now low enough to suggest everyone who wanted to sell shares has already done so. That sets the stock up for some good news — although in the absence of a technical reversal or final capitulation event, it may be premature to buy shares. Still, it is worth watching,” according to Barron’s.

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