Are lenders acting overly cautious regarding the US retail sector?

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From Liz Wolf:
NYSE:XRT February 21, 2019 3:34pm

Recession warning? Retail Sales fell 1.2% in December, biggest monthly drop since 2009

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From Reuters: U.S. retail sales recorded their biggest drop in more than nine years in December as receipts fell across the board, suggesting a sharp slowdown in economic activity at the end of 2018.
NYSE:XRT February 14, 2019 12:10pm

Retail sales will grow as much as 4.4% in 2019, exceeding $3.8 trillion: NRF

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From Tonya Garcia: The National Retail Federation announced its 2019 retail sales forecast, expecting the total to exceed $3.8 trillion with growth of 3.8% to 4.4%. "More people are working, they're making more money, their taxes are lower and their confidence remains high," said Matthew Shay, the group's chief executive, in a statement. "The biggest priority is to ensure that our economy continues to grow and to avoid self-inflicted wounds. It's time for artificial problems like trade wars and shutdowns to end, and to focus on prosperity not politics." The NRF said retailers so far have been able to blunt the impact of higher tariffs, but that could change if tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods go up to 25% from 10%. Preliminary numbers show that retail sales grew 4.6% in 2018, reaching $3.68 trillion. Online sales were up 10.4% to $682.8 billion, and are expected to grow 10% to 12% in 2019 as well. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF XRT, +0.34% has gained 1.7% over the last 12 months. The Amplify Online Retail ETF IBUY, +1.07% has gained 11.3% in the past year. The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.19% is up 3.2% for the period.
NYSE:XRT February 5, 2019 12:56pm

Retail Sector is battered due to lower profits and sales warnings, but Lululemon shines

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From Ciara Linnane: A group of retail stocks were trading sharply lower Monday, after a series of sales and profit warnings that further cemented the perception that it was a mixed holiday season for the sector.
NYSE:XRT January 14, 2019 1:06pm

Retail stocks slide, strong consumer spending didn’t boost holiday sales enough

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From Lauren Thomas & Lauren Hirsch:  Investors sour on retail stocks after Macy's released disappointing holiday sales.
NYSE:XRT January 10, 2019 12:45pm

Retail stocks could rally another 10-15% from here

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From Annie Pei: Retail stocks are turning a new leaf in the new year.
NYSE:XRT January 8, 2019 2:10pm

The Retail Sector is having its best holiday season in 6 years

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From Lauren Thomas:  Retail sales in the U.S. from Nov. 1 through Christmas Eve were up 5.1 percent to more than $850 billion, according to Mastercard SpendingPulse.
NYSE:XRT December 26, 2018 11:42am

Retail stocks inch up in the final shopping day before Christmas

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From Tonya Garcia: With the holiday shopping season winding down and amid a triple-digit drop for the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -2.91% more than half of the Amplify Online Retail ETF IBUY, -1.06% is in positive territory in Monday trading. Gap Inc.GPS, +0.41% TJX Cos. TJX, -0.69% Lululemon Athletica Inc. LULU, Inc. AMZN, -0.73% Macy's Inc. M, -0.11% and Best Buy Co Inc.BBY, -1.33% are each up about 1%; Abercrombie & Fitch Inc. ANF, +1.18% is up 2.4%; American Eagle Outfitters Inc. AEO, +2.28% is up 3.2%. Many retailers are offering free last-minute buy-online-pickup-in-store service on Christmas Eve, with Amazon pushing Prime membership up to Christmas day, and others pushing gift cards as a final option. The Amplify Online Retail ETF is down 6.6% in 2018 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average has fallen 10.1% for the period.
NYSE:XRT December 24, 2018 1:31pm

A record $110.6 billion has already been spent online this holiday season, up nearly 18%

From Lauren Thomas: A record $110.6 billion has been spent online since Nov. 1, Adobe Analytics says.
NYSE:XRT December 20, 2018 1:14pm

US Retail Sales Surge In November, As A Result Of A Jump In Online Spending

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From Tyler Durden: With inflation 'disappointing', hope for the recovery was left on the shoulders of the American consumer once again and Retail Sales offered some optimism with better-than-expected (and upwardly revised) MoM gains.
NYSE:XRT December 14, 2018 3:12pm

Retail Stocks: Even A Record Cyber Monday Could Be Too Little, Too Late

From Tyler Durden: Earlier today we wrote how legacy retailers were struggling to adopt to Black Friday increasingly moving to a primarily e-commerce platform. 
NYSE:XRT November 26, 2018 11:54am

Retail stocks are sharply lower after Target reports disappointing earnings

From Tomi Kilgore: Retailer stocks were broadly and in many cases sharply lower Tuesday after a raft of disappointing earnings reports, highlighted by a tumble in Target Corp. shares toward their worst stretch of losses since the Great Recession.
NYSE:XRT November 20, 2018 1:35pm

Insiders Buy the Holdings of SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT)

From ETF Channel: A look at the weighted underlying holdings of the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (Symbol: XRT) shows an impressive 10.1% of holdings on a weighted basis have experienced insider buying within the past six months.
NYSE:XRT November 19, 2018 2:57pm

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