We’re In a Recession, So Why Hasn’t the Retail ETF Gotten the Memo?

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April 23, 2009 5:07pm NYSE:XRT

retailU.S. retailers and the exchange traded funds (ETFs) that track the sector have seen a nice rally for 2009.  But the question is: can it continue?

No one can predict the future, but we can certainly look at what’s happening now.  While SPDR S&P Retail (XRT) is down in early trading today, the recent trend has been up. Over the past few days, the sector has been moving in tandem with the overall market, dropping a few points on Monday and then gaining it back the next day.  The reason behind the sector’s volatility is the diversity of companies that it tracks.

The driving force behind the sector’s decline is its allocation to department stores.  Last week, Standard & Poor’s lowered the department store group’s credit ranking on concerns that the global recession will hit department stores even harder than previously anticipated.  This news took its toll on big retailers such as  Macy’s (M), Nordstrom (JWN) and J.C. Penney (JCP), sending shares down 9.5%, 7% and 5.6% respectively, states Andria Cheng of The Wall Street Journal.

Full Story:  http://www.etftrends.com/2009/04/were-in-a-recession-so-why-hasnt-retail-etf-gotten-memo.html

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