Can The U.S. Consumer Continue To Hold Up The World?

economyConsumer spending is critical to the economy, yet remains sluggish. Russ Koesterich discusses why that may be the case for some time to come.
NYSE:XLP April 13, 2016 2:34pm

Are The Strongest S&P Sectors Favoring The Bulls?

bearbull21Chris Ciovacco: You may have heard the argument that the stock market looks better than many believe, based on the fact that several key sectors have not rolled over yet.
NYSE:XLP September 24, 2015 4:36pm

The Best Consumer Staples Funds To Buy Now [Consumer Staples Select Sect. SPDR (ETF)]

investKent Thune:  Consumer staples funds can be an ideal addition to a portfolio during the late phase of a market cycle.
NYSE:VDC February 12, 2015 5:23pm

Defensive Leadership: A Showstopper For Bull Market? [Vanguard 500 Index Fund, Consumer Staples Select Sect. SPDR (ETF)]

bearbull1Chris Ciovacco:  The chart below shows the performance of consumer discretionary stocks relative to consumer staples. For most of 2013, discretionary sectors were leading defensive sectors (ratio was rising in 2013). 2014 has been
NYSE:TLT November 11, 2014 5:16pm

Fed Ends QE Stimulus Program, Welcomes New Uncertainty [Consumer Staples Select Sect. SPDR (ETF)]

money and investingChad Shoop: The Quantitative Easing (QE) reign has come to an end, as widely anticipated. But there is a problem … where are we supposed to go from here?
NYSE:XLP October 31, 2014 3:13pm

Defensive Plays For A Weak Economy [Consumer Staples Select Sect. SPDR (ETF)]

Economy recessionLawrence Meyers: There are plenty of safe havens in the stock market during a weak economy.
NYSE:XLP September 18, 2014 12:36pm

The Procter & Gamble Company Earnings Lift Consumer Staples ETFs [Consumer Staples Select Sect. SPDR (ETF)]

new etfsOne of the most famous names in the consumer products world – Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) – reported a mixed-bag fourth-quarter 2014 on August 1, before the opening bell with earnings surpassing the estimate and the top line missing by a whisker.
NYSE:IYK August 4, 2014 3:16pm

ETF Impact On Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo, Inc. Earnings [Consumer Staples Select Sect. SPDR (ETF)]

market outlookThe low-carb craze may be in the best interest of a lot of people, but it is the worst nightmare for the many in the beverage industry. The rising health consciousness has been a drag for cola giants for quite some time now. Still, two cola as well as food behemoths
NYSE:IYK July 28, 2014 11:57am

5 Sectors That Can Weather Volatility in 2014 [Honeywell International Inc., EOG Resources Inc, iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN]

fiveA well-known trading proverb warns investors to sell their stocks in May to avoid a seasonal decline in equity markets. This adage also refers to increasing stock volatility. During the past 20 years, volatility has increased from May
NYSE:VXX May 5, 2014 11:28am

Recession Proof Sector ETFs For This Shaky Market [Utilities SPDR (ETF), Consumer Staples Select Sect. SPDR (ETF)]

etfsAfter a tremendous stock market rally in 2013, risk-off trade sentiment has taken the front seat in 2014. Nagging geo-political risks related to the Ukraine and Russia issue, Fed's gradual withdrawal
NYSE:XLP May 4, 2014 10:17am

Consumer ETFs Get A Boost On Strong Beverage Stock Earnings [PepsiCo, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company]

retail-shoppingSluggish trend of carbonated beverages in the wake of rising health consciousness has been a dampener for cola giants in recent times. Still, two cola as well as food bellwethers – Coca Cola Co. (NYSE:KO) and PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) –drew investors’ attention
NYSE:IYK April 22, 2014 5:14pm

Consumer Spending Growth In February Bad Sign For Investors? [Consumer Staples Select Sect. SPDR (ETF), Consumer Discretionary SPDR (ETF)]

credit card spendingMoe Zulfiqar: The United States Census Bureau reported consumer spending in the U.S. economy—adjusted for price fluctuation—increased by 0.2% in February from the previous month. In January, consumer spending increased by 0.1% after seeing a decline in December.
NYSE:XLP April 1, 2014 11:39am

ETF To Play The Anemic YOY Change In Retail Sales [Consumer Staples Select Sect. SPDR (ETF), J.C. Penney Company, Inc., Target Corporation]

retail etfMoe Zulfiqar: Since the beginning of the year, we have been seeing economic data that suggests consumer spending in the U.S. economy is in trouble—we have seen menial growth, if not negative growth. If this trend continues, it could be very dangerous,
NYSE:XLP March 18, 2014 10:58am

Quick Investor Guide To Consumer Staples ETFs [Vanguard Consumer Staples ETF, Consumer Staples Select Sect. SPDR (ETF)]

wall-street-etfThe economic backdrop for the consumer staples sector remained more or less weak in 2013 due to a difficult consumer spending environment. Middle-class consumers struggled to cope with rising gas prices, delayed income tax refunds and higher payroll taxes.
NYSE:FXG March 17, 2014 4:27pm

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