Posts Tagged ‘retailers’

The Retail Collapse Grows

April 18th, 2014

retail etfDid you know that Family Dollar is closing 370 stores? When I learned of this, I was quite stunned. I knew that retailers that serve the middle class were really struggling right now, but I had no idea that things had gotten so bad for low end stores like Family Dollar. 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…


Are These Retailers Worth The Investment?

December 3rd, 2013

retail-shopping: Consumer confidence in the U.S. economy is bleak, and if it doesn’t pick up, the economic growth in the U.S. economy will be in jeopardy, and those who are highly affected by it—companies in the consumer discretionary sector—will face troubles. Read more…


Macy’s, Inc. (M) Q3 Strength Puts These Retail ETFs In Focus

November 14th, 2013

retail etfThe festive mood seems to have set in with robust third quarter (ending November 2) results from one of the bellwethers in the retail world, Macy’s (NYSE:M). Read more…


Are These Retail Stocks Pre-Holiday Bargains?

November 14th, 2013

retail-shoppingJohn Whitefoot: While many retailers in the United States might be having visions of sugar plums, a lot will be left holding a chunk of coal. And in spite of the economic pressures facing American retail stocks (NYSEARCA:XRT), this piece of coal will not turn Read more…


U.S. Retail Sales Figures: Why It’s Time To Short Retailers (XRT, GPS, AEO, TJX, ANF, WMT, TGT)

December 28th, 2012

Keith Fitz-Gerald: Initial U.S. retail sales figures released on Wednesday showed sales growth for the holiday season was the worst since 2008.  Read more…


Inflation: Did The Media Leave Out A Vital Source To The Record Sales Increase On Black Friday?

November 29th, 2011

Jeff Nielson: U.S. Thanksgiving has become a highly ritualized holiday with a large segment of the American population. Eat turkey. Watch football. Go shopping. And then listen to the media lie about the shopping the next day. Read more…


Stocking Up On The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (NYSE:XRT)

May 13th, 2010

“Over 1,400 NYSE stocks changed from Stock Trends Bullish to Stock Trends Weak Bullish amid the fray, with Weak Bullish stocks now accounting for 41 per cent of stocks trading on the Big Board Read more…


The Retail SPDR ETF (NYSE:XRT) Is Poised To Take Out Its All-Time High

April 28th, 2010

“If you’ve kept an eye on the progress of the economic recovery, then you have seen the recent string of positive data regarding the U.S. consumer and the retail sector. Most recently, the Read more…


This Retail ETFs Balanced Approach Means That No Single Company Will Lead The ETF By The Nose

March 12th, 2010

“While retail earnings have diverged this week, the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) continued to perform well because of its balanced approach. The relatively affordable ETF, with a 0.35% gross expense Read more…


Investors Need To Choose Wisely When Shopping For A Retail ETF

February 18th, 2010

retailRetailers are set to unleash their fourth quarter earnings on the market, with Wal-Mart’s(WMT) report due before the market opens on Thursday. Next week, Target (TGT), Home Depot Read more…


Will Retail Shoppers Prove Analysts Wrong On The Retail ETF?

October 22nd, 2009

shopping“Despite a weak economy and a growing fear that consumer spending remains slow, the retail sector is proving to be an impressive hot spot within the market Read more…


Consumer Debt Weighs In On Retail ETF’s (SCC, SZK, XRT)

August 13th, 2009

empty-shopping-cartThe dot com boom and the real estate bubble gave consumers confidence and a way to spend like it would never end.  The bubbles have burst Read more…


Retail ETF Showing Signs Of Weakness (RTH)

July 6th, 2009

empty-shopping-cart“ALTHOUGH THURSDAY’S pre-Independence Day holiday volume was light, the retail sector’s decline that day was significant. Not only did the widely followed Merrill Lynch Retail HOLDRs Trust ETF (ticker: RTH) shed 2.9%, but it closed below the bottom of its three-month trading range. Read more…


Can An ETF Get You Rich Off Of The Rich?

May 19th, 2009

walletThose who are rich or relatively rich in America are responsible for much of our consumption. By some estimates, the top 20% of income earners in the U.S. are responsible for more than half of all money spent.

In an effort to cash in on that elite group, one exchange-traded fund, the Claymore/Robb Report Global Luxury fund (ROB), focused in on companies that generate most of their revenue from sales of luxury goods. In hindsight, it couldn’t have come public at a worse time.

Why it seemed like a good idea
When the fund started back in mid-2007, investors’ views about America and the world were fundamentally different than they are now. Many expected the rich to keep getting richer, with new wealth being created in emerging countries that would lead to increased consumption throughout the world. If that had happened, luxury purveyors would probably have seen their top lines continuing to grow, and their stocks would likely have continued to perform well.

In particular, the fund offered a quick way to get instant diversification into dozens of companies. The stocks the ETF holds include both American and international companies, including Mercedes maker Daimler (NYSE: DAI), luxury retailers such as Coach (NYSE: COH) and Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN), and casino operator Wynn Resorts (Nasdaq: WYNN). About a quarter of its holdings are U.S.-based, with European stocks making up 60% of the fund’s portfolio.

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