60.60 +0.06 (0.10%)
After hours: 5:28PM EDT
|Bid||60.43 x 1400|
|Ask||60.82 x 41800|
|Day's Range||60.51 - 60.98|
|52 Week Range||48.33 - 61.92|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|YTD Daily Total Return||22.10%|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.63|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.13%|
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Shares of retailers and companies selling consumer discretionary goods suffered broad declines Tuesday, as a surprise contraction in manufacturing activity in August was hurt by a sharp drop-off in consumption. The SPDR S&P Retail ETF slid 1.6%, to underperform the S&P 500's 0.8% decline, as 73 of 87 components lost ground.The SDPR Consumer Discretionary Select Sector ETF , which tracks sellers of what people want, fell 0.3% with 49 of 62 components declining, while SPDR Consumer Staples Select Sector ETF , which tracks sellers of what people need, rose 0.2% with 22 of 33 components gaining ground. Among the more-active consumer discretionary stocks, Ford Motor Co. slid 0.6%, Macy's Inc. lost 2.2%, Victoria's Secret-parent L Brands Inc. gave up 2.2% and Gap Inc. shed 3.4%, while Amazon.com Inc. advanced 1.1% and Starbucks Corp. tacked on 0.5%. The Institute of Supply Management said earlier its purchasing managers index (PMI) fell to 49.1, the lowest reading seen since January 2016, with consumption, as measured by production and employment, contributed the "strongest negative numbers" to the PMI, driven by lack of demand.
The stock market took a gut punch recently as a number of on-again, off-again headwinds started to blow at the same time. Investors quickly turned tail, seeking out more protective positions. Unsurprisingly, this trend led to an influx of inflows into some of the best defensive exchange-traded funds (ETFs).The Federal Reserve knocked Wall Street off-balance with a recent quarter-point drop in its benchmark Fed funds rate. Yes, it was the first such cut since the Great Recession. But some investors were hoping for a deeper reduction, and Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's subsequent press conference kept experts guessing about whether future rate cuts were any more or less likely.The U.S.-China trade war escalated next. At the start of August, President Donald Trump threatened to slap a 10% tariff on another $300 billion in Chinese imports effective Sept. 1, prompting Beijing to threaten retaliation. So far, China has announced it will suspend imports of U.S. agricultural products and let its currency, the yuan, tumble to an 11-year-low. The latter move is expected to agitate Trump, who has accused Beijing of currency manipulation in the past.Standard & Poor's 500-stock index dropped quickly, losing almost 4% between the July 30 close (the day before the Fed announcement) and the Aug. 5 market open. Some investors are going to cash - but others are seeking out areas of the market that might rise as the market falls, or places to collect dividends while waiting out the volatility.Here, we examine 11 of the best ETFs to buy if you're looking for portfolio protection. This relatively small cluster of funds covers a lot of ground, including high-dividend sectors, low-volatility ETFs, gold, bonds and even a simple, direct market hedge. SEE ALSO: The Kip ETF 20: The 20 Best Cheap ETFs You Can Buy
UBS Global's Mark Haefele recently wrote in a note, "We believe that investors can keep their investment strategies on track for the long term."
When the market is turbulent, investors often embark on a flight to safety. That means investors will pile into risk-off assets, such as Treasuries, gold and consumer staples. Indeed, this is exactly what has happened over the last month. While the S&P 500 is off more than 2% in the last month, the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NASDAQ:TLT) is up 9%, and the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSEARCA:GLD) is up 5%. And since Aug. 5, the Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSEARCA:XLP) has gained 5%.Source: Shutterstock Given that backdrop, one would assume a food and product packaging company like Sealed Air (NYSE:SEE) would also have benefited from this August flight to safety. It did, for awhile. At one point in early August, SEE stock price was up nearly 10% in August. But the stock has since given up most of those gains, and now SEE stock price is more than 5% off its August highs, while TLT, GLD, and XLP are all at or right next to their August highs.In other words, while SEE stock was initially thought of as a great risk-off investment in this stumbling economy and turbulent market, investors have since second-guessed the relative safety of Sealed Air stock.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsI totally get it. Ostensibly, SEE stock seems very stable, with a fairly attractive valuation and a steady yield. But at this point, it has optical issues which may keep SEE stock price relatively muted for the foreseeable future. * 7 Great Small-Cap Stocks to Buy As a result, I think Sealed Air stock is best left alone for now. Its fundamentals are strong enough that it's not a great short. Its optics are troubling enough that it's not a great long. In such a situation, the sidelines are the best place to hangout. Sealed Air's Fundamentals Are Pretty GoodThe fundamentals supporting SEE stock price are pretty good, and they're mostly favorable to the bull thesis.SEE is a global food and packaging company. Its business is pretty stable. No matter what the global economy is doing, the world is still going to have to transport staple food and goods. It's true that, as global economic activity slows, so will the trading of these goods. But the slowdown will be gradual, and it won't be that steep.Consequently, Sealed Air's performance over the past several years - a low-to-mid-single=digit-percentage revenue grower, excluding acquisitions, with slight margin expansion and low-to-high-single-digit-percentage EBITDA growth - will probably be largely duplicated over the next several years. Its growth will likely slow a bit as the global economy weakens. But Sealed Air should be able to grow its revenues at a low-single-digit rate over the next several years, on largely stable margins, which - when coupled with its buybacks of SEE stock - should produce high- single-digit-earnings per share growth.Sealed Air's EPS can reach somewhere around $4.80 by fiscal 2025. Based on a forward price-earnings multiple of 17, which is average for the packaged-goods sector, that implies a fiscal 2024 price target for SEE stock of over $80. Discounted back by 10% per year, that equates to a 2019 price target of about $50.SEE stock price is slightly above $40 today. Thus, the long term growth fundamentals currently say that Sealed Air stock is undervalued. The Optics Give PauseAlthough SEE stock is undervalued, the optics surrounding Sealed Air warrant this undervaluation for the time being. Specifically, there is an active SEC investigation overhanging Sealed Air which has created a lot of distractions. These distractions detract from Sealed Air's value as a risk-off investment during turbulent times.This SEC investigation has shifted into another gear in 2019. In May, Sealed Air was served a subpoena relating to a previously disclosed SEC investigation into the company's accounting practices. That additional subpoena has had an avalanche impact on the company.A month later, Sealed Air fired its CFO. Three months later, the company received a grand jury subpoena from a U.S. Attorney for documents related to the firing. A week after that, Sealed Air switched audit firms. And, a week after that, Upslope Capital Management, which was shorting Sealed Air stock, issued a report, citing the SEC investigation and accounting irregularities as two big reasons why it believed that SEE stock would head lower.Against the backdrop of all those distractions, Sealed Air's organic revenue growth has slowed to a multi-year low in 2019.In other words, SEE stock price is being weighed down by slowing growth trends against the backdrop of a ton of SEC/accounting noise that doesn't give investors confidence. Slowing growth plus a lack of confidence is not a winning combination.So despite SEE's favorable fundamentals, SEE stock price likely won't march meaningfully higher anytime soon. The Bottom Line on SEE StockIt's easy to look at SEE stock and see a stable consumer staples stock that should theoretically outperform during turbulent times. But that cursory analysis ignores the ugly optical risks overhanging the company. Those unfavorable optics will ultimately put a cap on near-term gains by SEE stock, making it unattractive for now.As of this writing, Luke Lango did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Cheap Dividend Stocks to Load Up On * The 10 Biggest Losers from Q2 Earnings * 5 Dependable Dividend Stocks to Buy The post Sealed Air Stock Is Cheap, But Unattractive appeared first on InvestorPlace.
August saw an awful start with global markets in the red mainly due to renewed trade tensions. Such market and ETF activities could rule the market in August.
ETFs to gain from upbeat U.S. consumers' economic outlook on a decent job market, contained inflation, rising wages and prospects of low interest rates.
Consumer Staples ETFs have been firing on all cylinders in the past three months, beating their discretionary counterparts. Let's find out what's driving the rally.
Yahoo Finance's Alexis Christoforous, Brian Sozzi, and Jared Blikre discuss what's moving markets on Wednesday, Sept. 25 with Shawn Cruz, manager of trader strategy at TD Ameritrade, and David Waddell, chief investment officer at Waddell & Associates.