Retail: The Best of Times or Worst of Times? (Chart of The Day 14)

The BEST Christmas in 6 Years or The WORST December in 10? Last week, the Census Bureau released Retail Sales data for the month of December.  The headline number was a stunning FALL of 1.2%. (The Chart on the Left is Seasonally adjusted month over month retail sales.) Following this news, investment banks  tripped over […]

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Will The Federal Reserve’s Rate Hike Prove One Too Many?

The Fed’s 9th Rate Hike is Virtually Certain This Week Last week’s economic news was very good.  For the month of November, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) was ZERO, reducing the annual rate to a very tame 2.2%.   In addition, retail sales were better than expected, following a great October. (https://www.census.gov/retail/index.html). The CPI  increased […]

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Chart of the Day (3): Is Walmart Signaling Retail Slump?

Walmart IS Retail.  What is Their CHART saying? Walmart (WMT) is the nation’s largest and dominant retailer in terms of annual revenues with about $500 Billion. Costco (COST), number 2, has roughly 30% of WMT’s sales.  (https://www.investopedia.com/articles/markets/122415/worlds-top-10-retailers-wmt-cost.asp) Walmart’s chart screams TROUBLE even more than one of the famous “Black Friday Brawls”. Walmart has traced out […]

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