Is The Retail Sector (XRT) Stronger Than Investors Expect?


As of Monday, the strongest sector within Mish’s Economic Modern Family is the Retail space (XRT). Though we will squint at other key sectors in the Family, XRT is of special interest with the upcoming holiday season.

Struggling from limited employees, companies are feverishly attempting to pension an inflow of fresh stock through the end of the year. So far, retail companies have begun to wait large surges of buying, with pre-Black Friday sales as buyers are enticed to shop early surpassing the main holiday rush. The only problem is that, without an surplusage value of goods, expressly in the tech sector, sales are likely not to match buyers’ expectations.

On the other hand, while we can speculate potential supply bottlenecks all we want, the price of XRT is holding near highs and, if it continues to do so, will prove that companies, though stressed, are managing largest than expected.

Breaking the retail space lanugo technically, XRT has support from last week’s low at $99.80. Moving forward, we should watch for XRT to hold this price level and, ideally, hold over last week’s upper of $102.84 if the momentum continues to the upside.

Though the retail space is holding near highs, other key sectors including the Semiconductors (SMH), and Transportation (IYT) are not far behind. Both are supporting sectors for XRT and, thus, each has similar support levels from last week’s low on Wednesday 11/10. As seen in the whilom charts, the support levels are $291.55 for SMH and $275.11 for IYT. (Black lines) Nonetheless, pension these support levels in mind as we squint for any indications of weakness the closer we get towards the holiday shopping season.

In general, we should watch XRT, IYT, and SMH to hold the same support area. Furthermore, if IYT or SMH begins to unravel down, this could be a negative sign for XRT.

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ETF Summary

  • S&P 500 (SPY): 467.38 support.
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): 236.31 support.
  • Dow (DIA): 359.38 support.
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): 387.53 support.
  • KRE (Regional Banks): 72.90 support area.
  • SMH (Semiconductors): 291.55 support.
  • IYT (Transportation): 275.11 minor support.
  • IBB (Biotechnology): Holding unstipulated support area. Needs to get when over 154.48.
  • XRT (Retail): 99.80 support.

Forrest Crist-Ruiz

Assistant Director of Trading Research and Education

Mish Schneider

About the author:
serves as Director of Trading Education at For nearly 20 years, has provided financial information and education to thousands of individuals, as well as to large financial institutions and publications such as Barron’s, Fidelity, ILX Systems, Thomson Reuters and Bank of America. In 2017, MarketWatch, owned by Dow Jones, named Mish one of the top 50 financial people to follow on Twitter. In 2018, Mish was the winner of the Top Stock Pick of the year for RealVision.

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