Thursday, February 29, 2024
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The holiday shopping season kicked off with a robust start in the retail sector, witnessing a significant boost in online spending during the Thanksgiving weekend, totaling $38 billion. This surge, surpassing initial projections with a 7.8% increase during Cyber Week, signifies strong consumer confidence despite ongoing economic uncertainties.

Reflecting this optimism is the SPDR S&P 500 Retail ETF (XRT), a popular retail sector ETF, which has seen a remarkable performance, rising over 10% last month and nearly 2% this week. As the sector breaks above crucial resistance levels and key moving averages, a closer look at XRT becomes pertinent.

The SPDR S&P Retail ETF aims to mirror the performance of the S&P Retail Select Industry Index, an equally weighted market cap index representing the retail sub-industry within the S&P Total Market Index. With $484 million in assets under management, a 2.01% dividend yield, and a net expense ratio of 0.35%, XRT encompasses various retail sectors, including apparel, automotive, food, and online retail.

XRT predominantly focuses on the Consumer Discretionary sector, constituting 67% of its exposure. With a Hold aggregate rating from 697 analysts covering around 71.3% of its portfolio across 50 companies, XRT’s current price target sits at $72.61, suggesting a potential upside of 12.40%.

Examining the recent performance of XRT’s top holdings sheds light on the sector’s positive momentum. Carvana (CVNA), the ETF’s largest holding, has shown significant year-to-date and monthly gains, contributing positively to XRT’s overall performance. Despite analysts holding a Reduce rating on CVNA, its price target of $36.67 predicts an upside of over 17%.

Signet Jewelers (SIG), the second top holding, has also experienced notable gains, rising almost 18% in the previous month and approaching a critical resistance level of $83. A breakthrough at this level could further impact the sector’s performance.

Kohl’s (KSS), the third-largest holding, has seen recent improvement after a double bottom, showing resilience near $18. A nearly 5% increase last month signals a potential positive shift in momentum.

In summary, the retail sector displayed resilience during Thanksgiving, with a significant online spending spree, leading to increased optimism. XRT’s positive performance, along with contributions from key holdings like Carvana, Signet Jewelers, and Kohl’s, suggests the sector may maintain momentum into the holiday season.

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