|Bid||37.45 x 1100|
|Ask||46.00 x 1100|
|Day's Range||43.65 - 44.45|
|52 Week Range||37.06 - 54.55|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.00|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.65%|
Dividend investing is back in fashion as wild price swings in the stock market and prolonged uncertainties weigh on investor sentiment. Retail companies enjoyed a strong holiday season but online sales continue to eat into brick-and-mortar shops’ margins. Brazil came third as the nation’s stock market soared to all-time highs on positive momentum. Biotechnology shares marked a major reversal on mergers and encouraging trial data. Small caps closed the list as some investors are adding them back to their portfolios. Check out our previous Trends edition at Trending: Brazil Welcomes New President in Hope of Economic Resurgence.
Goldman Upgrades Expedia’s Rating, Sees ~24% Upside in the Stock (Continued from Prior Part) ## Rising online travel demand With the technological advancements, the dynamics of the travel industry have drastically changed over the past decade. Travelers are now moving to online travel booking agencies rather than traditional ones. In the past few years, online travel booking agencies have gained significant momentum due to increased mobile and Internet penetration around the world. Travelers can now more easily book their hotel rooms, train and flight tickets, rental cars, and vacation spots from anywhere just by signing in to an e-commerce travel site. Travelers can check the reliability of booking sites by checking their ratings and reviews. Users can also compare the prices of hotels and flights on various booking platforms. Apart from this, online platforms usually offer numerous deals on bookings, which is an added advantage for travelers. Statista expects global digital travel sales to reach $817.5 billion by 2020 from $629.81 billion in 2017. According to the latest data from Technavio, the global online booking platform is projected to increase at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 11% from 2018 to 2022. The global travel industry is also expected to grow by 12% from 2017 to 2023. ## Expedia is poised to capitalize Expedia (EXPE) is one of the leading online travel booking agencies that has relationships with over 200,000 hotel owners across 200 countries. The company offers more than 300 packages for airline, car, cruise, and other travel bookings. With such a massive product portfolio and partnerships, Expedia is well positioned to capitalize on the growth opportunities in the travel industry. Further, the company’s sustained focus on technical enhancements should help it snag more market share. With the aim of easing the booking process for its users, Expedia is currently working on incorporating AI technology into its online travel business. The integration of AI technology could enable users to book or cancel flights and hotel reservations with voice commands on Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google Assistant from any device. Also, users will be able to access information about their Expedia trip itineraries as well as packing lists for upcoming trips with a simple voice command. With a market cap of $79.6 billion, Booking Holdings (BKNG) is the biggest player in the online travel booking space, followed by Expedia’s $16.8 billion, Ctrip.com International’s (CTRP) $15.6 billion, and TripAdvisor’s (TRIP) $7.4 billion. Those who want exposure to Expedia stock may also invest in Amplify Online Retail (IBUY), which allocates 3.3% of its funds to the stock. Continue to Next Part Browse this series on Market Realist: * Part 1 - Goldman Upgrades Expedia’s Rating, Sees ~24% Upside in the Stock * Part 3 - What’s Driving Wall Street’s Bullish Stance on Expedia Stock? * Part 4 - What Analysts Expect from Expedia’s Q4 Top and Bottom Line
Amid the stock market swoon, this holiday season has emerged as the best in six years with an e-commerce bonanza and surge in last-minute shopping.
With the holiday shopping season winding down and amid a triple digit drop for the Dow Jones Industrial Average , more than half of the Amplify Online Retail ETF is in positive territory in Monday trading. Gap Inc. , TJX Cos. , Lululemon Athletica Inc. , Amazon.com Inc. , Macy's Inc. and Best Buy Co Inc. are each up about 1%; Abercrombie & Fitch Inc. is up 2.4%; American Eagle Outfitters Inc. 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 falled 10.1% for the period.
With Christmas looming, it's not too difficult to be a good cheer if you're an online retail exchange-traded fund (ETF), especially since the latest number crunching suggests 2018 will be the biggest year for online retail sales. Adobe Analytics is reporting that online holiday retail shopping is fast approaching the $125 billion mark, and as of December 19, U.S. consumers have already spent $111 billion shopping behind a computer screen and an internet connection. ETF investors looking to capitalize on this record-breaking year can look to funds like the Amplify Online Retail ETF (IBUY) and SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) .
As a reminder, ETFs are simply a next-generation, low-cost, mutual fund with benefits such as tax efficiency and transparency. Sure, investors can buy and sell ETFs like stocks, but most ETFs are not traded in that way. Ultimately, these benefits allow for next-generation portfolio management solutions that arguably have the potential to offer retirement solutions that are different than the traditional market-cap weighted funds.
Shares of U.K. e-commerce retailer Asos PLC closed down 37.6% on Monday after the company guided for a sales deceleration, but Wells Fargo analysts say they remain confident the company will reach its long-term goal of £2.5B in sales and 4% margins. Asos lowered its fiscal year guidance to 15% growth from 20% to 25% growth previously, saying November fell below expectations. "The current backdrop of economic uncertainty across many of our major markets together with a weakening consumer confidence has led to the weakest growth in online clothing sales in recent years," the company said in a statement. However, Wells Fargo analysts note that competing Boohoo Group PLC "came out well this [morning] and stated that they are 'comfortably in line with market expectations' following a strong trading through Black Friday." Wells Fargo slashed Asos' price target to p3400, or £34, from p9600, or £96, previously. Analysts maintained their outperform stock rating saying they don't see any fundamental issues with the company. "We continue to believe that the company's flexible model and prudent management can weather this disappointing season," the note said. "[H]owever, with the macro worsening in Europe, tech valuation compressing and now company credibility low - we think this now puts Asos into the 'penalty box' for the time being." Asos shares have sunk 61% in 2018 while the Amplify Online Retail ETF has fallen 0.1% and the S&P 500 index is down 4.6% for the period.
Shopping and consumer trends are changing as more buyers rely on the convenience of online retailers to quickly and easily meet their discretionary needs. As the retail landscape changes, investors can also capitalize on the trend through exchange traded funds that target the e-commerce segment. About 51% of Americans prefer to do their shopping online, with Millennials and Gen Xers spending an average of 50% more time than Baby Boomers, reports Lauren Fam for G2Crowd.
Retail container ports have reached a new record, 2 million containers in a month, with retailers scrambling to get merchandise into the U.S. before possible tariff hikes, according to the National Retail Federation. Tariff increases were postponed for 90 days after talks between the U.S. and China during the Group of 20 meeting. "We hope that the temporary stand-down becomes permanent, but in the meantime there has been a rush to bring merchandise in before existing tariffs go up or new ones can be imposed," said NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold in a statement. "China's abuses of trade policy need to be addressed, but tariffs that drive up prices for American families and costs for U.S. businesses are not the answer." The Global Port Tracker said U.S. ports it covers handled 2.04 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in October, the last month for which numbers are available. That's up 9% from September and up 13.6% from last year. November was estimated at 2.01 million TEUs, up 14% year-over-year. Imports are forecast to fall in 2019 "as the market adjusts to higher prices to to the Trump tariffs and the impact on consumer and industry confidence going forward," said Ben Hackett, founder of Hackett Associates, which produces the Global Port Tracker for the NRF. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF is down 3% for 2018, the Amplify Online Retail ETF is up 5.8% for the period. The S&P 500 index is down 0.7%] for the year to date.
On the back of banner Cyber Monday sales, retail exchange traded funds could be poised for more upside this holiday shopping season. While Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, the calendar is still likely to assist retail investments, including the aforementioned ETFs. “The 2018 calendar sets up nicely for retailers, as it gives holiday shoppers ample opportunity to get their gift-buying done with time to spare,” said IHS Markit in a recent note.
If Black Friday wasn't enough to prop up retail exchange-traded funds (ETFs), they got an additional boost from Cyber Monday sales reaching a record $7.9 billion, according to data from Adobe Analytics, which represented a 19.3% increase from a year ago. ETFs like the Amplify Online Retail ETF (IBUY) , SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) and ProShares Online Retail ETF (ONLN) reacted to the latest data. As of 11:00 a.m. ET, IBUY slightly gained 0.12%, XRT was slightly down at 0.11% and ONLN rose 0.36%.
A post-Thanksgiving case of food coma didn't stop online shoppers as Black Friday reached record sales last week, which could have a spillover effect into Cyber Monday as retail exchange-traded funds (ETFs) could stand to benefit even further. ETFs like the Amplify Online Retail ETF (IBUY) , SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) and ProShares Online Retail ETF (ONLN) were boosted by the strong showing for holiday shoppers on Black Friday as online sales reached a record total of $6.22 billion based on data from Adobe Analytics.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped over 300 points Monday as the technology sector rebounded from losses last week, while retail got an early boost from Black Friday holiday shopping. Both the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite were in the green over 30 points and 100 points, respectively. Financial names like American Express and Goldman Sachs propped up the S&P 500, while FANG (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google-Alphabet) stocks recouped losses from last week's volatility, particularly in the tech sector, despite a shortened Thanksgiving week.
Lodging accounted for 72% of Expedia’s (EXPE) third-quarter revenue, and it remains the most important contributor to Expedia’s top line. Expedia’s lodging revenue rose 12% YoY (year-over-year) in the quarter. This growth came as a result of a 13% YoY increase in room nights, and it was partially offset by a 1% fall in revenue per room night.
Online retailing is likely to hit a home run this holiday season as evident from upbeat Thanksgiving data. So, investors can play these ETFs.
Despite a post-midterm election rally, volatility returned as equities resumed their downward trajectory from October, but if there's one thing to bet on--it's a Black Friday boost for the retail sector. As such, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to keep an eye on are the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) , Amplify Online Retail ETF (IBUY) and VanEck Vectors Retail ETF (RTH) . According to analytics company Kensho, the consumer discretionary sector within the companies listed in the S&P 500 returned an average of 1% and traded in the green 71% of the time during the week of Thanksgiving for the last 30 years.
Walmart Inc. , including the namesake retailer, Sam's Club and Jet.com, will overtake Apple Inc. to take the number three spot on the ranking of the world's largest e-commerce retailers, according to eMarketer data. In 2017 Apple had 3.8% of sales share, ahead of Walmart's 3.3% of share. For 2018, Walmart is poised to claim 4.0%, swapping places with Apple, which will have 3.9% of share. The top two e-commerce retailers for 2018 will be Amazon.com Inc. with 48% and eBay Inc. with 7.2%. "Importantly, Walmart has one of the fastest growing e-commerce businesses," eMarketer wrote, with 39.4% online sales while Apple's e-commerce growth will be a little more than 18%. Walmart's third-quarter e-commerce sales grew 43%, the company announced on Thursday. Walmart shares have gained nearly 3% for the year to date, Apple stock is up 10.4%, the Amplify Online Retail ETF has rallied 7.7%, and the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 1.5% for the period.