Archive for the ‘NYSE:XRT’ Category

Economic Weakness Continues All Over America

April 7th, 2014

economyThe level of employment in the United States has been declining since the year 2000.  There have been moments when things have appeared to have been getting better for a short period of time, and then the decline has resumed.  Read more…


Cold Temperatures Shouldn’t Be An Excuse For Poor Retail Sales

March 20th, 2014

retail etfMike Burnick:  The U.S. economy has definitely taken a turn for the worse in recent months, and just about everyone on Wall Street and in the media seems to be pointing the finger of blame at old-man winter. Read more…


Real Retail Sales Per Capita: Another Perspective On The Economy

March 19th, 2014

economyDoug Short: The Advance Retail Sales Report last week showed that sales in February rose 0.3% month-over-month and rose only 1.8% year-over-year, as I reported in my real-time update. Read more…


Why This Retail Stock Is So Attractive

March 18th, 2014

key level to watchMitchell Clark: Retail (NYSEARCA:XRT) is a tough business to be in and always difficult as an investor. Williams-Sonoma Inc. (NYSE:WSM) took off after the company beat Wall Street consensus and increased its quarterly dividend by six percent on the back Read more…


Time To Bet On Consumer Discretionary ETFs?

March 14th, 2014

ETFsThe passing winter has finally cheered up the markets. The latest job data has topped the consensus estimate, manufacturing readings came in higher than expected, and the geopolitical tension between Russia and Ukraine seems to have taken a brief pause. Read more…


This Sector Sure To Benefit As Online Retail Sales Grow

March 10th, 2014

online-advertisingJohn Whitefoot: The feeling is mutual: consumers are failing retailers, and retailers are disappointing consumers. Read more…


Reaching The Point Of Maximum Optimism

March 10th, 2014

investMichael Lombardi: This past Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 175,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy in the month of February. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, March 7, 2014.) Read more…


Important Message Retailers Are Sending Us About The Economy

March 9th, 2014

economyMichael Lombardi: Consumer spending in the U.S. economy is highly correlated to consumer confidence. If consumers are worried about the economy, they pull back on their spending. Read more…


What’s Happening To The Retail Sector?

March 9th, 2014

retail etfIf the U.S. economy is getting better, then why are major retail chains closing thousands of stores?  If we truly are in an “economic recovery”, then why do sales figures continue to go down for large retailers all over the country?  Read more…


More Weakness In The Retail Sector?

March 5th, 2014

retail-shoppingGeorge Leong: We all know how bad this winter has been so far. The harsh weather across the majority of the country has impacted jobs growth, commerce, housing, and consumer spending. Read more…


What Could Make or Break Your Portfolio

March 3rd, 2014

portfolioMoe Zulfiqar: Income inequality plays an important role in whether or not an economy experiences economic growth. Read more…


Cloudy With A Chance Of Falling Retail Stocks

February 25th, 2014

e-commerce retail shopWe’re about to hear earnings reports from retailers this week and if you’re already sick of talking about the weather this year it’s about to get worse. Macy’s, Inc.(NYSE:M), Target Corporation(NYSE:TGT) and The Home Depot, Inc. Read more…


Millennials Are The Key To Saving Retail

February 24th, 2014

retail etfMillennials, or the approximately 82 million Americans born between 1985 and 2000, are coming of age and changing just about every feature of the U.S. economy. Housing, jobs,investing, and even retirement are just some of the Read more…


Retailers Point To A Slowing Economy

February 20th, 2014

retail etfMoe Zulfiqar: Conditions in the U.S. economy are deteriorating fairly quickly. The economic data suggests it’s slowing down. Read more…


How To Profit When Consumer Spending Is In Jeopardy

February 18th, 2014

wall-street-etfMoe Zulfiqar:  Consumer spending is critical when it comes to growth of the U.S. economy. It makes up a significant portion of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP)—about 70%. So, if consumer spending declines even by a little, it can really impact Read more…


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