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A Tale of Two Retail ETFs: XRT or RTH?

The traders always love hearing from you and on Friday they answered your questions about Nuance, airlines stocks and whether the better trade is long RTH or XRT.

Here’s what they had to say.

@ranlando

Q: Is XRT or RTH better way to play retail? Good time to do so?

A: “It depends on what you’re trying to accomplish,” replies trader Patty Edwards. “XRT is an equally weighted index that’s made up of mall stocks such as Collective Brands, the owner of Payless Shoes. RTH is a cap weighted index in which you get mostly big box retailers like Wal-Mart. Personally I think big box will do better than the mall. I’d stick with the RTH.”

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@King_Tega

Q: $AAPL Acquiring $NUAN????

A: There's speculation in the market that Apple will put some of its cash to use and buy one of its suppliers. Nuance is the maker of the Siri software used on the iPhone.

Whether the speculation is true or wishful thinking trader Joe Terranova can’t say. However, he can say if you’re looking for a trade, Nuance may be attractive. ”I think Nuance around $25 has found support,” he says. “I think the stock has stabilized.”

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@flyboy4014

Q: Anybody got info on the airlines running up hard on flat tape today?


A: “I don’t know why airlines are running on Friday, except oil prices are starting to come down,” says Patty Edwards. “Oil is a big factor in this space, the price of crude and airlines stocks tend to trade in an inverse correlation.”

If you’re looking for a trade, Patty often moves in and out of Alaska Airlines, which she considers a best of breed airline stock.

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