This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Cramer's Action Alerts PLUS - See his portfolio and get alerts BEFORE every trade. Learn more NOW!

Consumer ETFs Fall on Jobs Data

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Markets recovered in the latter half of Friday's trading after dropping more than 1% following weak jobs data.

Consumer-focused exchange-traded funds came under selling pressure early in the day, soon after data showed that the U.S. economy shed 131,000 jobs, far more than the projected 87,000 decrease. On Thursday, retailers declared lower-than-expected same-store sales, which also worsened investor sentiment.

By the end of the Friday session, this particular batch of ETFs managed to recover some of their losses, though they still finished in the red.

The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT), which shed more than 2% in early trading, closed 0.5% lower. Its top holdings include Aeropostale (ARO - Get Report), which lost close to 4% after an analyst at Wells Fargo (WF) downgraded the stock to market perform.

The Consumer Discretionary Select SPDR (XLY ) gave up 0.7%, dragged lower by selling in Amazon (AMZN - Get Report), among other stocks. Vanguard Consumer Discretionary (VCR) and First Trust Consumer Discretionary AlphaDEX (FXD), an actively-traded ETF, were other prominent losers.

Financial ETFs also lost ground, even as markets recovered. The SPDR Financial Select Sector (XLF) retreated 0.8%.

Weak economic data, however, helped drive investor appetite for gold and gold-mining ETFs. The SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) rose by 0.8%, and Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), rose by nearly 1%.

-- Reported by Shanthi Venkataraman in New York.

Follow on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

Copyright 2010 Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. AP contributed to this report.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
XRT $98.43 -0.09%
XLY $76.07 -0.31%
FXD $36.87 -0.22%
XLF $24.44 -0.24%
GLD $116.07 0.32%


DOW 18,214.42 -10.15 -0.06%
S&P 500 2,110.74 -3.12 -0.15%
NASDAQ 4,987.89 +20.7530 0.42%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs