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Online shopping is now the second-biggest component of the U.S. retail market after overtaking grocery stores and restaurants. According to the Commerce Department, consumer spending at non-store retailers, which includes online vendors like Amazon.com, increased by 1.7% in June and added to the overall increase in sales, Bloomberg reports. Overall, retail sales increased 0.4% last month as households ramped up purchases of motor vehicles and a variety of other goods.
“Online sales still only make up about 12% of total global retail sales,” ProShares’ Global Investment Strategist Simeon Hyman said in a note. Looking ahead, by 2020, online sales are projected to surpass $4 trillion, with the biggest players in the field largely expected to capture a major share of the growing pie. For example, Amazon is estimated to account for half of all online sales by 2023.
The retail sector has been falling behind in the S&P 500 for the first half of the year and the trend doesn't seem to be shifting anytime soon. Dragging on the retail segment, many consumers have been shunning more traditional brick-and-mortar retailers in favor of businesses that have more quickly adapted to e-commerce or online retail businesses. For example, the ProShares Decline of the Retail Store ETF (EMTY) and ProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF (CLIX) both take a short position in brick-and-mortar retail stores to capitalize on weakness in traditional stores.
As more and more consumers have turned toward online shopping as a means of acquiring goods and services, online retailers like Amazon have exploded, as is evidenced by their over $900 billion market cap. One prime example is Lululemon, who on Wednesday said that online sales this past quarter grew 35%. Brick and mortar retailer Target’s online sales were up 42%, and retail giant Walmart stated it had 37% digital growth. Dick’s Sporting Goods’ online sales were up 15%, while Best Buy’s digital commerce in the U.S. grew 14.5%.
"Thematic or trend investing, as some people are terming it, is really a fascinating area in the ETF world for new product development," Kieran Kirwan, Director, Investment Strategy Proshares, said at the Morningstar Investment Conference.
ProShares, a premier provider of ETFs, today announced the inclusion of nine more of its ETFs to the TD Ameritrade ETF Market Center’s menu of commission-free funds.
For example, ETF investors can look to targeted ETF strategies such as the ProShares Pet Care ETF (PAWZ) to capture the growth in the pet care industry. PAWZ is the first ETF of its kind to cater to the pet care industry. The ETF idea tries to capitalize on the pet care industry that is poised for even further growth as data collated from Grand View Research and other pet industry trends show that sales could reach upwards of $203 billion by the year 2025–a growth of 54% in less than 10 years.
On the upcoming webcast, Pet Care, Infrastructure & Online Retail—Investing in Today's Global Trends, Simeon Hyman, Global Investment Strategist at ProShares, and Kieran Kirwan, Director of Investment Strategy at ProShares, will discuss how you can put them to work in your portfolio. Specifically, ETF investors can look to targeted ETF strategies such as the ProShares Pet Care ETF (PAWZ).
Retail stocks and exchange traded funds (ETFs) are rallying this year, including some brick-and-mortar names. For now, the ProShares Decline of the Retail Store ETF (NYSEArca: EMTY) is being pinched by ...
Retail sales data is starting to concern some market observers, but some exchange traded funds still offer upside potential. “Total sales for the November 2018 through January 2019 period were up 2.6 percent ...
As measured by the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY), the world's largest exchange-traded fund (ETF), domestic stocks are off to fine starts this year. SPY is up nearly 11%. Of course, some of this year's best-performing ETFs are delivering returns well in excess of basic benchmarks like the S&P 500.There are over 2,300 exchange-traded products listed in the U.S., but when adding qualifiers in search of the best-performing ETFs, such as funds up at least 15%, the field significantly narrows.Predictably, many of this year's best-performing ETFs are thematic or niche funds that follow narrow investment segments.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy This list of 2019's best-performing ETFs so far excludes leveraged funds because leveraged ETFs, no matter how tantalizing the returns, are not designed to be held for more than a few days. Without further ado, here are 10 of the best-performing ETFs to this point in 2019. Best-Performing ETFs: ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (MJ)Expense Ratio: 0.75% per year, or $75 on a $10,000 investment.The ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF (NYSEARCA:MJ) has recently pulled back in modest fashion, but still sports a year-to-date gain of 43%, more than enough to make the cannabis fund one of this year's best-performing ETFs.Even with its meteoric ascent to start 2019, MJ could have plenty of upside left because it resides more than 19% below its 52-week high, underscoring how badly the fund was drubbed last year. A variety of catalysts are propelling MJ, the only dedicated cannabis ETF in the U.S., higher this year. Those include increased state-level legalization and the expected boom in the cannabidoil (CBD) market."The CBD market could represent a $16-billion opportunity by 2025, according to a report issued Monday by a team of Cowen analysts," reports ETF Daily News. "The findings are based on a roughly 40-percent increase in consumer incidence with the average user spending $640 -- or less than $2 per day -- each year." KraneShares Bosera MSCI China A ETF (KBA)Expense Ratio: 0.6%Chinese ETFs, including the KraneShares Bosera MSCI China A ETF (NYSEARCA:KBA) were already soaring, but got a major boost in late February when index provider MSCI said will increase the weight of A-shares in its international indexes, including the widely followed MSCI Emerging Markets Index.That news helped KBA affirm its status as one of 2019's best-performing ETFs, because the fund follows the MSCI China A Inclusion Index. That benchmark is chock full of the A-shares names MSCI is adding to its benchmarks. A-shares are the stocks trading on mainland China. * 9 Trade War Stocks to Sell on U.S.-China Deal News "MSCI is incrementally realigning China's overall weight in their Global Standard Indexes through the inclusion process, and upon completion, China A-Shares are predicted to account for about 16% of the MSCI Emerging Market (EM) Index which is tracked by $1.8 trillion in assets," according to KraneShares. "This will gradually increase China's overall weight, including Hong Kong and US listed Chinese companies, from 30% to over 40% of the MSCI Emerging Market Index." Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy China ETF (BCNA)Expense Ratio: 0.78%Keeping with the theme of China funds being among this year's best-performing ETFs, there is the Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy China ETF (NASDAQ:BCNA), which is up over 33% this year. BCNA follows the Reality Shares Nasdaq Blockchain China Index.That index "is designed to measure the returns of companies in China that are committing material resources to developing, researching, supporting, innovating or utilizing blockchain technology for their use or for use by others," according to Reality Shares.While there is still plenty of time left in 2019, BCNA's start to the year affirms the notion that blockchain stocks and ETFs do not necessarily need bitcoin to move higher in order to notch gains themselves. Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency by market value, has traded only modestly higher this year. ProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF (CLIX)Expense Ratio: 0.65%The ProShares Long Online/Short Stores ETF (NYSEARCA:CLIX) is up 20% this year. Importantly, there are credible reasons why CLIX is one of this year's best-performing ETFs."Short stores" is an operative phrase in the fund's title, particularly at a time when more than 2,200 store closures have been announced barely more than two months into 2019. Other data points confirm the move to online shopping, the long component in CLIX. * 7 Chinese Stocks to Buy for the 2019 Rebound "Consumers spent $517.36 billion online with U.S. merchants in 2018, up 15.0% from $449.88 billion spent the year prior," according to a new Internet Retailer analysis of industry data and historical U.S. Commerce Department figures. "That's a slight slowdown from 2017, when online sales grew 15.6% year over year, according to Commerce Department figures." Global X FinTech ETF (FINX)Expense Ratio: 0.68% The future of financial services is fintech and the Global X FinTech ETF (NASDAQ:FINX) proves as much. FINX is higher by almost 21% this year, making it one of the best-performing ETFs. Impressively, FINX is beating the largest traditional financial services ETF by a 2-to-1 margin this year.Mobile payments, the move away from cash, industry consolidaiton and international growth opportunities are among the fundamental factors bolstering FINX."Recent M&A in the payments industry and growing retailer adoption of cashless transactions further confirms the U.S. payment industry's growth prospects," according to Fitch Ratings. "Strong demand for electronic payments capabilities and related technology should support industry fundamentals for merchant acquirers, card processors, network operators, and technology and gateway providers, but large-scale acquisitions may have credit implications." Global X MSCI Colombia ETF (GXG)Expense Ratio: 0.61%The Global X MSCI Colombia ETF (NYSEARCA:GXG), the original Colombia ETF, is one of this year's best-performing ETFs tracking an international market and is higher by more than 23%. Rising commodities prices and strength in the broader emerging markets complex are among the forces at play with GXG.This year, GXG is handily outperforming the major Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and Peru ETFs, underscoring its status as one of the best-performing ETFs. Colombia, one of South America's largest economies, is decreasing its dependence on oil revenue. * 7 March Madness Stocks to Consider for the Big Dance Colombia's "services sector, which comprises a majority of its GDP and labor market, are evidence of an economy that is well into a transition phase," according to Global X research. "Oil revenues should continue to fuel growth, but consumption and non-traditional exports, which include services, renewable energy, and agriculture, are expected to become a greater source of growth as the country expands its infrastructure and increases productivity." iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF (IEZ)Expense Ratio: 0.43%For believers in the energy sector's 2019 resurgence, the iShares U.S. Oil Equipment & Services ETF(NYSEARCA:IEZ)is a solid ETF to consider. Up more than 18%, it is also one of 2019's best-performing ETFs. IEZ follows the Dow Jones U.S. Select Oil Equipment & Services Index.The reason this is one of this year's best-performing ETFs is simple: oil services stocks and funds are usually highly correlated to oil prices, in both directions. Oil is among this year's leading commodities. Hence, IEZ is one of this year's best-performing ETFs.The fund holds 40 stocks, but over 26% of its combined weight is allocated to just two names: Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB)and Halliburton (NYSE:HAL). Invesco Solar ETF (TAN)Expense Ratio: 0.7%Seasoned solar investors know that the Invesco Solar ETF (NYSEARCA:TAN) historically gets it own boost from higher oil prices. Put simply, higher oil prices are seen as driving demand for alternative, cleaner, less-expensive energy sources, and solar checks those boxes. * 7 Dow Jones Stocks to Buy In other words, with oil surging, it is not surprising that TAN is one of this year's best-performing ETFs with a gain approaching 30%. The fund, however, is off more than 4% over the past week and could be vulnerable to a "sell the news" event if the U.S. and China finally reach a legitimate trade truce because China accounts for over 29% of TAN's geographic weight. SPDR S&P Software & Services ETF (XSW)Expense Ratio: 0.35%Tech funds are rebounding. Just look at the SPDR S&P Software & Services ETF (NYSEARCA:XSW), which is higher by almost 21% this year.XSW "seeks to provide exposure to the software and services segment of the S&P TMI, which comprises the following sub-industries: Application Software, Data Processing & Outsourced Services, Home Entertainment Software, IT Consulting & Other Services, and Systems Software," according to State Street.XSW is an equal-weight ETF so its 153 holdings are not dominated by large- and mega-cap software makers. Those holdings have a weighted average market value of $22.48 billion, which is low compared to rival cap-weighted funds. Global X E-commerce ETF (EBIZ)Expense Ratio: 0.68%Some new ETFs are not well-timed. The opposite is true of the Global X E-commerce ETF (NASDAQ:EBIZ), which debuted last November, making it the newest fund on this list. Rookie status aside, EBIZ is one of this year's best-performing ETFs as highlighted by a gain of 23%.Timing is not everything, but it is helping EBIZ. * 9 Trade War Stocks to Sell on U.S.-China Deal News "Ecommerce represented a growing share of the retail market in 2018, taking a 14.3% share of total retail sales last year, up from 12.9% in 2017 and 11.6% in 2016," notes Digital Commerce 360. "More significant is that ecommerce sales represented more than half, or 51.9%, of all retail sales growth. This is the largest share of growth for purchases made online since 2008, when ecommerce accounted for 63.8% of all sales growth."As of this writing, Todd Shriber did not own any of the aforementioned securities. 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After a volatile December that saw U.S. equities finish their worst year in over a decade, the retail sector was banking on a strong holiday shopping season to shake its own market doldrums. With the ongoing government shutdown delaying retail figures from the Commerce Department, retail investors are left to wonder whether a market cap-weighted strategy or an equal weight strategy will serve them best moving forward. ETF Trends Publisher Tom Lydon joined CNBC's Bob Pisani on the new "ETF Edge" show to discuss the dichotomy of these two strategies inherent in VanEck Vectors Retail ETF (RTH) and SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) .
A slew of data points confirm that many shoppers are using online venues for holiday purchases, a theme that could potentially benefit some exchange traded funds. 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.
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.