With the holiday season upon us, retail looks to be in focus
once more. Fortunately, this key shopping season is poised to be a
solid one with many expecting decent sales.
In fact, the National Retail Federation looks for sales in November
and December to increase 3.9% (yoy), while shop.org is looking for
double digit growth in the online segment when compared to 2012.
Add in declining unemployment levels, low gas prices and
stable-to-rising home values, and we may be in for a very favorable
holiday shopping environment (also see
3 ETFs for This Holiday Season
How to Play
Investors can easily tap into this trend by looking to one of the
many retail ETFs currently trading on the market. These seek to
provide broad exposure to a number of companies engaged in some
aspect of retail and thus could be low risk ways to play the trend
in the market.
In particular, we like the
PowerShares Dynamic Retail Portfolio (
Market Vectors Retail ETF (
. Both of these have Zacks ETF Ranks of 2 or better, and offer
great diversification across a number of important retail names
the Top Ranked ETFs here
For more on these retail ETFs and the holiday shopping season, make
sure to watch our short video below. It discusses why investors
should pay attention to these funds over the next few weeks,
and also highlights some great stats on this crucial season for the
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