While a short trading week will mean lower liquidity and higher volatility for ETF investors, there are still plenty of funds to watch while surfing the Web for last-minute gift ideas.
Retail data, housing starts, orders for durable goods and a GDP revision will help to keep this short week interesting. Here are five ETFs to follow: First Trust Dow Jones Internet Index ( FDN) Shoppers are waiting until the last minute, suggests a recent survey from the National Retail Foundation. After the second week of December, consumers admitted to having just 46.7% of their holiday shopping done - the lowest level of completion since 2004. Approximately 20% of shoppers noted that they hadn't even started yet. Weekly measures of retail activity are important during the holiday season, so Tuesday's retail data will be an important indication of consumer health. Since so many shoppers have admitted putting off purchases to the last minute, data for the week ended Dec. 19 should reflect a last-minute spending binge. More than ever, shoppers are using the Internet to search for holiday bargains. As the days to Christmas tick closer, FDN's components will see increased activity. Consumers will flock to top FDN holdings like Amazon ( AMZN) and eBay ( EBAY) for gifts and hopefully checking Priceline ( PCLN) and Expedia ( EXPE) for plane tickets home. FDN, which targets companies that generate at least 50% their annual sales/revenue from the Internet, could benefit from procrastinating consumers. (FDN is a holding in my ETF Action Portfolio.)