Market Vectors Germany Small-Cap ETF (NYSEARCA:GERJ), or the SPDR S&P International Consumer Discretionary Sector (NYSEARCA:IPD) ETF.
If investors want to march in step with U.S. consumers, they might want to keep an eye on shorting those firms that even Americans looking to stretch their dollar are forsaking. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) come to mind.
Consumer confidence levels ebb and flow with the moods of the everyday shopper. Whether it’s up or down, there are a number of excellent ways to play both consumer optimism and pessimism.
This article is brought to you courtesy of John Whitefoot from the Daily Gains Letter.