Oil prices dropped again Tuesday, paying dividends to retail stocks.
Coming off disappointing results from American Express Co. and Wachovia Corp., stocks initially fell, but the market was soon energized by a $4 drop in the price of oil.
Closing 2.4 percent higher at 352.58, up 8.38 points, or 2.4 percent, the Standard & Poor’s Retail Index outpaced the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500.
The Dow gained 135.16 points to close at 11,602.5, up 1.2 percent, while the S&P 500 increased 17 points, or 1.4 percent, to 1,277.
Missy retailers such as The Talbots Inc., Chico’s FAS Inc., The Dress Barn Inc. and Christopher & Banks Corp. all saw at least a 3 percent jump in their shares. Talbots closed at $11.71, up 93 cents a share, or 8.6 percent, while Chico’s stock closed at $6.11, up 23 cents, or 3.9 percent. Christopher & Banks’ stock closed at $8.38, gaining 71 cents, or 9.3 percent.
Charlotte Russe Holding Inc. rebounded from its 20.3 percent drubbing on Monday with a 78 cent, or 5.8 percent, advance.
Specialty teen retailer Zumiez Inc. was up 10.4 percent, closing at $15.03, more than erasing the 4.9 percent decline logged on Monday. Buckle Inc. closed at $51.69, up $2.73, surging 5.6 percent. Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. managed a leap of 41 cents, or 5 percent, to $8.60.
Department stores Macy’s Inc. closed at $18.55, an 83 cent, or 4.7 percent, increase, while Saks Inc. had a 5.5 percent gain, closing at $11.12.
Limited Brands Inc. also finished strongly, closing at $16.20, up 72 cents, or 4.5 percent. Dillard’s Inc. climbed 8.9 percent to 89 cents.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. advanced 3.1 percent, while rival Target Corp. saw a 0.7 percent gain.
Among the largest advances for apparel vendors were Under Armour Inc., up 10.5 percent; Perry Ellis International Inc., up 10 percent; Columbia Sportswear Co., up 6.7 percent; Fossil Inc., up 5.9 percent and Liz Claiborne Inc. up 5.6 percent.
EXCLUSIVE: @tomford is opening its first-ever beauty store. The boutique, which opens November 20 in London’s Covent Gardens, was designed with the over-the-top glam Ford is known for. Read the full story on WWD.com, link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: Simon Wagner) #TomFordBeauty
New York-based DJ @harleyvnewton threw a party to celebrate the holiday collection of her dress and pajama line @hvn at the Ladurée Beverly Hills. It Girls @katebosworth, @rashidajones and more joined in on the fun, which included cocktails, croque monsieur sandwiches and a photo booth. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA.com)
For the holidays, @Burberry partnered with 20-year-old artist @blondeymccoy on a series of three outdoor murals in downtown Manhattan. The murals are McCoy’s interpretation of a Christmas eve party, the idea of charity and the spirit of family. His third mural, pictured here, is the most personal. The image depicts McCoy’s grandparents and father in London’s Trafalgar Square in the Seventies. “My work often features lots of sentimental objects.” #wwdeye
For spring 2018, designers applied bold colors and cartoonish motifs on everything from sneakers and belts to key chains. See all the top men’s accessories trends on WWD.com. #wwdtrends (📷: George Chinsee; Prop Styling by @rnasti; Market Editor: @luiscampuzano)
The @dior-sponsored @guggenheim international gala pre-party has a history of drawing cool-girl musical acts to serenade the crowd –– and last night was no exception. @haimtheband performed songs both new and old, and lured a star-studded audience with the likes of Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Mamoudou Athie and more. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
In a partnership between the @metopera and the @englishnationalopera, “Marnie” was born. The opera, with costumes sponsored by @mrporterlive, is an adaptation of the 1961 thriller by Winston Graham. Arianne Phillips, who created the costumes, is no rookie: She’s styled Madonna for her tours and created costumes for a myriad of films in the past. Read WWD’s interview with Phillips, where she talks about her inspiration for the opera’s costumes on WWD.com #wwdfashion
@barneysnyc took a different approach to their holiday windows this year. Instead of Christmas decor, Barneys tapped @thehaasbrothers to tell a story of positivity, gratitude and inclusivity via heartwarming silliness and humor. “It’s about kids and it’s about coming together and being family and loving each other,” said Simon Haas. #wwdfashion (📷: @joshuascottphoto)
Beauty influencer @kandeejohnson makes her foray into hair care with a collaboration with @ogx_beauty — making it the first time that OGX has teamed up for a product creation. The collab includes shampoos and conditioners in three scents. At 39 and a mom, Johnson is a different profile than the emerging social media stars, but is considered one of the pioneers of the digital beauty influencer world. Read WWD’s interview with her on wwd.com, including the strangest beauty product she’s ever tried #wwdbeauty