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Opportunity Knocks In A Two-sided Economy

With a bulge of money on one end and a bulge of people on the other, the barbell economy of the US is now well understood. This was loudly illustrated by the scores of “Occupy” movements in 2011, which pitted “the 99%” against “the 1%.” And income inequality has grown over the past several years. According to the Federal Reserve, the top 1% of US households control 34.6% of the country’s wealth, while the bottom 90% only control 26.9%.[1] In 2012, incomes of the top 1% increased 19.6%, the highest increase since 1927, while the income of the bottom 99% grew by only 1%.[2] The rich continue to get richer as the poor have become poorer, and the middle class is practically a nominee for the endangered species list. It’s a trend that may bode well for retailers that serve the extreme ends of the economic spectrum. See more
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Weight Segment & Stocks Symbol 1 MO / 1 YR Return
53.3% Discount 17.6%
24.0% Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT 2.6%
9.0% The TJX Companies Inc. TJX 27.0%
6.2% Target Corp. TGT 45.5%
4.5% Dollar Tree Inc. DLTR 46.3%
3.1% Ross Stores Inc. ROST 48.9%
1.2% Five Below Inc. FIVE 1.2%
1.2% Fred's Inc. FRED 30.3%
1.1% Citi Trends Inc. CTRN 9.8%
1.1% Smart & Final Stores Inc SFS --
1.0% Big Lots Inc. BIG 0.4%
1.0% Burlington Stores Inc BURL 67.2%
46.7% Luxury 0.0%
15.8% Luxottica Group S.P.A. (Italy) ADR (Sponsored) LUX 20.0%
4.4% Whole Foods Market Inc. WFM 2.3%
4.4% PVH Corp. PVH 0.4%
4.2% Coach Inc. COH 3.9%
3.9% Michael Kors Holdings Ltd. ADS KORS 52.0%
3.5% Ralph Lauren Corp. RL 16.4%
2.6% Tiffany & Co. TIF 6.6%
1.6% Sprouts Farmers Market Inc SFM 19.3%
1.3% The Fresh Market Inc. TFM 5.2%
1.1% Sothebys BID 9.0%
1.1% Steven Madden Ltd. SHOO 25.4%
1.0% Chico's FAS, Inc. CHS 0.5%
0.9% Movado Group Inc. MOV 34.0%
0.9% Fossil Group Inc. FOSL 33.6%