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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Global X Social Media ETF, Amplify Online Retail ETF, First Trust Nasdaq Retail ETF and VanEck Vectors Retail ETF

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – October 31, 2017 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include Global X Social Media ETF SOCL, Amplify Online Retail ETF IBUY, First Trust Nasdaq Retail ETF FTXD and VanEck Vectors Retail ETF RTH.

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Here are highlights from Monday’s Analyst Blog:

No Tricks: 4 Halloween ETFs Treats for Investors

Are you apprehensive that a bubble formed by an overvalued stock market can burst anytime? Or are you scared of rising rate concerns with both the Fed and ECB giving hawkish signals?

Well, fear before Halloween is understandable. But unlike the real event, its effect on the market is not at all scary. In fact, instead of tricking investors, the Halloween Effect is usually a treat.

Halloween Effect is a historically observed increase in stock prices from the month of November through the end of April. It is exactly opposite the popular adage "sell in May and then walk away” which refers to the six months between May 1 and Oct 31.

Among overall buoyancy, retail sales deserve a special mention this time around. Vacations, holiday season buying (both Christmas and spring season) and seasonal optimism may play a huge role in this surge.

The National Retail Federation expects retail sales to grow between 3.6% and 4%, totaling $678.75 billion to $682 billion in the November-December period. Also, the International Council of Shopping Centers sees a 3.8% uptick in retail sales. Deloitte sees this figure going higher to 4% to 4.5% (without considering cars and gasoline). Forrester Research estimates that online sales will jump 12% this holiday season, to $129 billion (read: 3 ETFs to Tap Upbeat Electronics Sales Forecast).

In fact, the likely rosy trend starts with Halloween itself as the event greets the fall season. And “conventional wisdom is that strong Halloween spending is an indicator of strong Christmas season spending” as per an analyst. So, let’s take a look at the Halloween sales projection.

Spending to Touch All-Time High This Halloween

Halloween spending jumped three times in the last 12 Years. National Retail Federation estimated that Americans will likely spend a staggering $9.1 billion this Halloween, up about 8% year over year. Consumers are expected to expend $86.13 on average, up from last year’s $82.93. Sentiments are pretty upbeat with 12.9% thinking about economic conditions before spending, down from 14.1% in 2016.

Costumes will account for the largest share of spending, in billions, though just 69% of consumers will likely go for them. On the other hand, 95% will likely shell out around $2.7 billion on candies. As much as 72% of consumers will spend about $2.7 billion on decorations and 37% will pay nearly $410 million for greeting cards.

In fact, a new idea has emerged lately. People are celebrating with Halloween trees like they do in Christmas. Sales of Halloween trees at the -commerce home goods company Wayfair, leapt about 20% year over year. This upbeat numbers came despite Toys R Us’ bankruptcy and store closures by Sears and Macy’s (read: Profit from Retailers' Defaults With These ETFs).

Needless to say, retail sales will be on a roll in the upcoming days and put the following ETFs and stocks in focus.

ETF Picks¾

Global X Social Media ETF

About 64.6% of population under the survey search for shopping ideas from social media, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter along with traditional ways.Two years ago, only 44% used to follow these online tools. Plus, 35% of consumers will purchase costume online.  So, online ETF SOCL is highly in focus now (read: Twitter Surges on Q3 Results: Log in to These ETFs).

Amplify Online Retail ETF

The afore-mentioned arguments make it necessary to look at the $2.8-million fund that has 49 stocks in its portfolio. After all, 22% shopping will likely be done online.

First Trust Nasdaq Retail ETF

As much as 47.1% Halloween shopping will be done at discount stores. So, discount retailer stock-heavy funds are in the spotlight now. Kohls Corp. and Wal-Mart have considerable weight in the fund (read: Netflix at Record High: ETFs to Play).

VanEck Vectors Retail ETF

Several discount retailers like Costco, Ross, Dollar General  and WMT have solid exposure to this fund.

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