With holiday shopping in full tilt, retail stocks are very much in the headlines. Many are getting slaughtered by a shortened holiday season that stuck in a heavily promotional selling environment. That said, there are some retail stocks worth owning at the moment.
S&P Capital IQ produced a report in November that examines how often the 12 retail-related sub-sectors of the S&P 500 have beaten the overall index on a monthly basis since 1990. Three of the sub-sectors beat the index 60% of the time or more in at least six of 12 months in any given year, making stocks from these groups the ones to lean on.
Here are the 3 smartest ways to own retail stocks.