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Retailers Finish Strong

Retailers Finish Strong

Retail stocks had a strong holiday season, outpacing the broader market in the 4th quarter and for the full year.

The SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) is up 16% in Q4 and 36% year-to-date.  That compares to 6% and 13% respectively for the S&P 500.

According to the National Retail Federation, holiday sales were expected to grow 3.3% from last year for a total of $451 billion.  In November, retail sales grew 6.8% over 2009.

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Munis Under Fire

Munis Under Fire

Investors have recently sold off municipal bonds and there could be more selling on the way.

On yesterday's U.S. television news magazine "60 Minutes", reporter Steve Kroft lead a segment that focused on the growing financial woes of state and local governments.

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Chipotle and Midcap Growth Stocks

Chipotle and Midcap Growth Stocks

Chipotle (CMG) and other midcap growth stocks have recently outpaced the broader market adding to their already impressive performance in 2010.

Despite today's 5% decline, Chipotle Mexican Grill is up nearly 160% in 2010, gaining 26 points since late October.

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Transports Roll to New High

Transports Roll to New High

The Dow Transportation Index hit a new high for the year on Friday as transport stocks continue to outperform the broader market in 2010.

The Dow Jones Transportation Average Index Fund (IYT) is up 25% on the year compared to plus 10% for the S&P 500.

IYT has benefited from its concentration in railroad stocks such as Union Pacific and Kansas City Southern which are up 43% and 6

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Dollar Bounce

Dollar Bounce

The dollar has enjoyed a comeback as market concerns over European debt has weakened the Euro.

The PowerShares DB US Dollar Bullish Fund (UUP) is up nearly 6% over the past three weeks while the Market Vectors Double Short Euro ETN (DRR) is up 15% over the same period.

The Euro began to decline against the dollar earlier this month as the Ireland debt crisis reemerged forc

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SalesForce Continues to Shine

SalesForce Continues to Shine

SalesForce.com (CRM) set an all time high on Friday after announcing third quarter earnings.

The sales force automation company's stock is up 83% year-to-date compared to a 7% gain for the broader market.

Even with a PE ratio of 200, SalesForce continues to exceed all expectations, growing revenue 30% and customer count by 27% in the latest quarter.

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Stocks Overtake Bonds

Stocks Overtake Bonds

After a steady rise through the summer, bonds have given up ground to stocks as investors react to US plans for quantitative easing.

Since August 16, the Barlcays Capital 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT) has declined 10% with stocks rising 11% over the same time period.

The Federal Reserve's plan to introduce $600 billion into the economy has kept short term rates low.

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Materials Lead Stocks Higher

Materials Lead Stocks Higher

The materials sector has lead stocks higher in the most recent upswing that began in late August. The Materials Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLB), is up 15% since August 26 compared to 11% for the S&P 500 over the same time period. Top holdings for XLB include Freeport-McMoRan, DuPont, Dow Chemical and Newmont Mining. Freeport and Newmont have been helped by the strength in gold prices.

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Another 8% Quarter for Brazil

Another 8% Quarter for Brazil

Second quarter growth in Brazil exceeded all expectations with GDP expanding at 8.8% compared to the same period a year earlier.

According to the AP, the Brazilian Finance Ministry had forecast growth of between 0.5 percent and 1 percent for Q2.

Capital spending was a key driver of the economic expansion, up 26.5% from a year ago as Brazilian companies ramped up production to meet strong demand.

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Singapore Stays Strong

Singapore Stays Strong

Singapore's strong economy has resulted in a strong stock market even as US equities have weakened over the past few months.

The MSCI Singapore Index Fund (EWS) is up nearly 10% since March 1 compared to a 5% decline for the S&P 500 over the same time period.

Even as economists worry about the possiblity of a douple dip recession in the U.S. and Europe, Singapore's economic performance continues to exceed expectations.

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