Retail stocks have been crushing the market against all odds — and traders are betting on more gains

Retail stocks have been outperforming the broader market over the past month.

Even after these market-beating returns, the options market shows that traders are getting more bullish on the sector going forward.

For months, market experts have been sounding the alarm on the retail apocalypse. As Amazon wields its mighty influence over multiple industries, it's been all but assumed that many traditional retailers will lose a huge chunk of value, if they survive at all.

But against all odds, retail stocks have been mounting a silent comeback in the stock market over the past month. Foot Locker, Macy's, and Gap are the three biggest gainers in the S&P 500 during the period, surging more than 28%.

Meanwhile, on a sector basis, three of the top six best-performing industries in the last month are in the retail space, out of 24 groups. They've each climbed more than 5.9% during the stretch, smashing the benchmark S&P 500's gain of just 1.5%.

And, in a development that's perhaps the most telling of all, traders are getting more confident about further increases. Their piqued interest can be seen in a measure of outstanding options on an exchange-traded fund tracking the retail sector. Open interest on the SPDR S&P Retail...

9 Published By - Business Insider - 2017.12.07. 15:30
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