Consumer Discretionary Sector Continues To Drive Economy | ETF Trends

With revised GDP numbers, the consumer discretionary sector, which has been driving the economy for sometime now, is in focus.

The Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (XLY) is up 23.06% thus far in 2019 and has an impressive 57.82% annualized three-year total return as of Sept. 26.

According to economic experts, consumer discretionary appears to be the center of the domestic economy. But if you look within the consumer discretionary sector, some groups are more active and prominent than others, such as housing.

“XLY of course is the sector-wide consumer discretionary sector. It has been out-performing the S&P year to date by 2 to 3 percentage points. But within it, retail is kind of driving that. The RTH is a retail index. It has things in it like Walmart, which is technically in consumer staples within the S&P. But it shows you that Domestic retail spending has been strong. Of course XHB, home-related, home-building, and home-improvement. HD is the second largest stock in the XLY. CARZ, is the global auto ETF. Obviously been a laggard. The good news there: GM and Ford together make up only 4% of the XLY. So it’s kind of hit or miss. Media also used to be in consumer discretionary—not really anymore. So you’re kind of left with this grab bag of restaurants, retail holding things up. Anything that seems more big picture, durable goods, autos and things like that, not as much, unless it’s houses,” said Mike Santoli on CNBC.

Investors interested in another consumer discretionary ETF can also look into the Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (VCR) or the Fidelity MSCI Consumer Discretionary Index ETF (FDIS).

Watch the discussion surrounding the consumer discretionary sector on CNBC:

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