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5 Charts Showing the U.S. Consumer Is Starting to Pull Back

A similar weakness to 2000 and 2007 signals caution

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1) First, the Retailing industry group (XRT) has shown the sharpest deterioration over the past few weeks. In the chart below, you’ll notice the relative strength vs. the S&P 500 has moved all the way back to levels from last April. Some of the weaker names in the group include: Target (TGT), Bed Bath and Beyond (BBBY), Best Buy (BBY), Petsmart (PETM), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Sears Holdings (SHLD), and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO).

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