Consumer Confidence & LEI’s Flash Warning

Consumer Confidence & LEI’s Flash Warning

Consumer Confidence for September declined a bit more than expected, falling to 119.8 from 120.4, versus expectations for a decline to 120. While that doesn’t sound all that meaningful as it is still well above the long-term average of 93.9, we see something occurring beneath the headlines that warrants further attention and is particularly concerning […]

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Exiting two positions, adding a new one and sticking with Amazon and Home Depot

Exiting two positions, adding a new one and sticking with Amazon and Home Depot

With the Labor Day holiday behind us, things are picking up this September and it’s no rest for the weary as we make several moves on the Tematica Options+ Select List

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Virtual Reality to Educate Cash-strapped Consumers on Home Remodeling

Virtual Reality to Educate Cash-strapped Consumers on Home Remodeling

Our collective Tematica hats are off to Lowe’s Companies as it steps up its virtual reality efforts to move past design visualization to skills training. Imagine taking classes on different remodeling projects ahead of tackling that project in your own home. This embracement of Disruptive Technologies could empower Cash-strapped Consumer to become the next set […]

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HHGregg’s Connected Society Pivot to Appliances Hasn’t Paid Off, Will Shut 40% of Locations

HHGregg’s Connected Society Pivot to Appliances Hasn’t Paid Off, Will Shut 40% of Locations

Most tend to focus on the Connected Society headwind that is rippling through brick & mortar retail apparel companies like Macy’s and Kohl’s, but there are other retailers that are being hit. Consumer electronics retailers, like Best Buy and HHGregg, have seen their business raked over the Amazon coals and pivoted to appliances, an already […]

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Bear Markets Ahead?

Bear Markets Ahead?

The third quarter ended with all the major indices in the red for 2015, with small cap stocks as well as the industrials delivering the weakest performances… so the big question is are bear markets ahead? Every sector also ended the quarter in the red for the year, with the one exception of Consumer Discretionary, which barely […]

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