Archive for June, 2012

Automotive Replacement Parts and Accessories Retailers Sink on June 27th

06/27/2012
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Automotive Replacement Parts and Accessories Retailers Sink on June 27th

After O’Reilly Auto Parts lowered its second quarter sales and earnings guidance automotive replacement parts and accessories retailers dropped significantly.  By the end of the day O’Reilly was down over 14% and Autozone dropped 4.5%.  This is one of the largest drops for O’Reilly in the last few years as the automotive parts stocks...
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Retail Stocks Sink Over 1% Prior to Major Sales Event

06/25/2012
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Retail Stocks Sink Over 1% Prior to Major Sales Event

The Market Vectors Retail ETF (RTH) dropped just over 1% on Monday, June 25th, 2012.  This drop pushed the RTH well below its 50 day moving average.  Most major retailers are preparing for July 4th sales as the holiday is just over a week away.  Retail holidays often take place during a three day...
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Energy Stocks End Week Down Over 3%

06/24/2012
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Energy Stocks End Week Down Over 3%

On the week ending Friday, June 22nd, 2012 energy stocks were down over 3%.  The Energy Select Spider (XLE) plummeted 3.32% as many big named oil companies struggled throughout the week.  On Thursday, June 21st, the XLE dropped significantly as it pierced its 20 day moving average to the downside.  After the strong move...
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Average 30 Year Fixed Home Loan Rates at 3.5% in Late June 2012

06/24/2012
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Average 30 Year Fixed Home Loan Rates at 3.5% in Late June 2012

For quite some time homeowners have seen average 30 year fixed home loan rates under 4%.  Since the beginning of June 2012 fixed loan rates have bounced between 3.45% and 3.6%.  On Friday, June 22nd, 2012 average 30 year loans closed at 3.53%.  Remember that the 10 year treasury rate yield has moved higher...
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TJ Maxx and Home Goods Parent TJX Companies, Inc Hits All Time High

06/19/2012
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TJ Maxx and Home Goods Parent TJX Companies, Inc Hits All Time High

The low cost retailer WalMart has carved out a huge niche in the United States and abroad.  This niche started with the idea that a retailer could offer extremely low prices on all products.  A more recent retail model similar to this is TJX Companies, Inc.  TJX Companies, Inc owns TJ Maxx, Home Goods...
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Speciality Retailers Lululemon Athletica and Michael Kors Find Support at Moving Averages

06/19/2012
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Speciality Retailers Lululemon Athletica and Michael Kors Find Support at Moving Averages

Since the beginning of May many speciality retail stocks have taken a beating.  In fact, several of the leaders in the first part of the year dropped over 20% in less than a full month.  Recently, the S&P 500 found support at its 200 day moving average and many stocks have pushed higher.  Two...
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JCPenney Stock Plummets After Hours; Brand Manager Out

06/18/2012
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After hours on Monday, June 18th, 2012 JCPenney stock took a tumble.  Shares were down almost 6% to $22.90 as brand manager Michael Francis was axed after the simplified pricing strategy did not work out.  Unlike most retailers, JCPenney was working away from week long sales and deals with coupons.  This is similar to...
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Average Mortgage Interest Rates Stable to Begin Week of June 18

06/18/2012
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Average Mortgage Interest Rates Stable to Begin Week of June 18

Average 30 year fixed mortgage rates have dropped below 3.5% twice in the month of June 2012.  At the very beginning of the month the 30 year fixed rate hit 3.48% for one day.  After a move to all time lows the 10 year treasury rate yield bounced and pushed rates higher.  On Friday,...
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Retail Stocks Approach Multi Year Highs with Recent Stock Market Recovery

06/17/2012
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Retail Stocks Approach Multi Year Highs with Recent Stock Market Recovery

During the first several months of the year financial stocks led United States stock markets higher.  Retail stocks were not far behind as some of the more popular names were up 40% and even 50% by the beginning of May 2012.  Some of these same names plummeted during the market correction but the Retail...
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Volatile Week on Wall Street Ends with a Strong Friday Close

06/17/2012
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Volatile Week on Wall Street Ends with a Strong Friday Close

The entire second week of June 2012 saw major swings in the United States stock indices.  It seemed that every single significant up day was followed by an equally significant down day.  By the end of the week the S&P 500 was up 1.3%.  It comes as no surprise that this is very close...
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