This stock-market sector looks like ‘the clear leader right now’
The Dow is hanging out at its best level in a half-year, and you might be wondering what’s gotten into this market.
Retail stocks deserve credit for powering the broad market higher, say StockTwits co-founder Howard Lindzon and MarketWisdom.com co-founder Ivaylo Ivanov for our call of the day.
The sector, whose biggest ETF XRT, +1.43%just scored an all-time high, features lots of winners that stock pickers ought to be tracking, according to Lindzon and Ivanov.
“The retail sector is the clear leader right now. We’re seeing so many breakouts in consumer stocks and in retailers,” Ivanov said during the duo’s weekly show.
The pair has named names, noting Best Buy BBY, +1.15%and Lululemon LULU, +4.98%have notched record closes. They also have flagged recent multiyear highs for Michael Kors KORS, +2.70% , Restoration Hardware parent RH RH, -0.83% , Boot Barn BOOT, +1.85%and Tilly’s TLYS, +2.43% .
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The sector has its share of carnage, Lindzon acknowledged.
“Retail really is dead if you’re J.C. Penney JCP, -6.70% , if you’re Sears SHLD, -6.84% ,” he said.
But he’s upbeat on companies that seem to be changing more with the times. He sees potential for a re-imagining of the mall if the streaming-video heavyweights start using movie theaters for more than just standard showings of feature films. There is chatter around theater chains after last week’s news that Amazon AMZN, -0.29%might buy Landmark.
“The mall is not dead. If Amazon and Netflix get into the retail movie business, this is just a humongous boon for the last-standing stores in the mall,” Lindzon said.
Restaurant stocks such as Chipotle CMG, +1.04%are bouncing back as well, the duo pointed out. That’s as spending at restaurants reportedly surges to an all-time high.
“They don’t look as good as other retailers, but still they’ve come a long way since their lows,” Ivanov said.
Check out: Walmart’s surge drives up retailers, negates J.C. Penney’s plunge
Check out their full show below.
Futures for the Dow YMU8, +0.17% , S&P 500 ESU8, +0.14%and Nasdaq-100 NQU8, +0.20%are slightly higher. That’s after the Dow DJIA, +0.35% , S&P SPX, +0.24%and Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.06%on Monday closed with gains for a third session in a row, handing the blue-chip gauge its best finish since Feb. 1.
The dollar DXY, -0.07%is falling again following news that President Trump criticized Fed chief Jay Powell. EuropeSXXP, +0.50%is mostly advancing, after Asia ended mixed. Gold GCZ8, +0.18%is gaining, oil CLU8, +1.19%is also up, and bitcoin BTCUSD, -0.15%is changing hands around $6,400.
See the Market Snapshot column for the latest action.
Adidas’s stock chart is getting a bit more attention than usual after Kanye West tweeted it out late yesterday.
He’s not a neutral third party, having created the Yeezy line for the sneakers giant. The company’s German-listed shares ADS, +1.00%ADDYY, +1.18%are close to notching a fresh all-time high, as shown in the tweet above — and the chart below.
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