Retail ETFs Enjoy Breathing Room Ahead of Holiday Season

Retail stocks and sector-related ETFs enjoyed one of their best weeks in almost a year as the down-and-out segment rebounds ahead of the traditional holiday season shopping spree.

The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSEArca: XRT), the largest retail ETF, gained 0.4% Monday and was up 3.9% over the past week. Nevertheless, XRT is still down 4.1% year-to-date and remains one of the worst performing areas of the market this year.

Brick-and-mortar retail market strengthened last week on the back of better-than-anticipated third quarter earnings results, such as Wal-Mart and Foot Locker, reports Chris Dieterich for the Wall Street Journal.

The retail sector has been under pressure on the rise of e-commerce outlets, like Meanwhile, traditional brick-and-mortar stores are shutting down, with the threat of bankruptcy for smaller players, dragging on the broader retail segment.

ProShares also recently rolled out the ProShares Decline of the Retail Store ETF (NYSEArca: EMTY) and ProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF (NYSE Arca: CLIX) to help traders capitalize on the misfortunes of brick-and-mortar retailers.

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