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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
72.7% Discount 7.5%
18.3% Wal-Mart Stores Inc. WMT 2.6%
16.4% The TJX Companies Inc. TJX 15.2%
8.7% Target Corporation TGT 14.7%
8.2% Dollar General Corp. DG 18.4%
6.2% Ross Stores Inc. ROST 9.0%
6.1% Dollar Tree Inc. DLTR 14.7%
3.8% Burlington Stores Inc BURL 21.0%
1.7% Big Lots Inc. BIG 6.8%
1.2% Five Below Inc. FIVE 16.5%
1.1% Fred's Inc. FRED 19.3%
0.9% Smart & Final Stores Inc. SFS 15.1%
27.3% Luxury 15.8%
11.5% Luxottica Group S.p.A. LUX 20.2%
5.0% Coach Inc. COH 16.5%
2.6% Ralph Lauren Corp. RL 28.3%
2.4% Steven Madden Ltd. SHOO 18.7%
2.1% Whole Foods Market Inc. WFM 24.0%
1.0% Tiffany & Co. TIF 31.5%
1.0% Chico's FAS, Inc. CHS 34.3%
0.9% Sotheby's BID 35.5%
0.9% Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. SFM 20.9%

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