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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
69.6% Discount 1.8%
19.2% The TJX Companies Inc. TJX 14.3%
19.1% Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT 4.4%
10.4% Target Corp TGT 11.4%
6.3% Ross Stores Inc. ROST 10.7%
5.7% Dollar Tree Inc. DLTR 0.1%
3.5% Burlington Stores Inc BURL 1.6%
1.9% Five Below Inc. FIVE 8.8%
1.6% Big Lots Inc. BIG 7.0%
1.0% Smart & Final Stores Inc SFS 8.0%
1.0% Fred's Inc. FRED 20.4%
30.4% Luxury 14.4%
11.8% Luxottica Group S.P.A. (Italy) ADR (Sponsored) LUX 14.5%
4.6% Coach Inc. COH 10.7%
2.8% Ralph Lauren Corp. RL 26.5%
2.4% PVH Corp PVH 15.2%
2.1% Whole Foods Market Inc. WFM 25.4%
2.0% Sprouts Farmers Market Inc SFM 17.7%
1.4% Steven Madden Ltd. SHOO 12.0%
1.2% Sotheby's BID 33.4%
1.0% Chico's FAS, Inc. CHS 33.3%
1.0% Tiffany & Co. TIF 23.7%

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