U.S. retailers got a late Christmas gift today as retail shares continued their upward trajectory despite mixed results for the season.
The S&P 500 Retailing Industry Group rose 0.8 percent to 942.14, a record close for the index. The Dow Jones Industrial Average advanced for the sixth consecutive trading session and also ended the day in record territory with a 0.8 percent increase to 16.479.88. The S&P 500 rose a more modest 0.5 percent at 1,842.02 but still landed at a new record level.
While retailers were focused on their holiday receipts and residual inventories, investors were reassured by a decline in weekly applications for state unemployment benefits.
Initial reports on the holiday season suggested modest growth for the November-December period. MasterCard SpendingPulse pinned the increase in seasonal sales at 2.3 percent, with apparel eking out gains provided by strength in the children’s wear classification. Jewelry was the leading classification for the season, the company said.
Target Corp.’s shares picked up 1.3 percent to $62.48 even as calls for scrutiny into its recent security breach spread. Columbia Sportswear Co. logged a 3.1 percent increase in its stock price, to $79, as reports continued to pinpoint outerwear as one of the strongest categories of the season. J.C. Penney Co. Inc. saw its shares add 2.5 percent, to $8.97, while Zale Corp. enjoyed a 2.4 percent jump to $16.53 on jewelry’s seasonal strength.
Among a handful of issues with declines were specialty retailers Pacific Sunwear of California, down 6.2 percent to $3.35, The Wet Seal Inc., down 2.7 percent to $2.57; Christopher & Banks Corp., down 1.8 percent to $8.96, and Tilly’s Inc., down 1.5 percent to $11.05.
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye
"Nowadays when life is not so happy with everything going on in the world, I think people come to me for a little bit of whimsy and color and fun." - Designer Rebecca De Ravenel on her cult-favorite jewelry line. (📸 : @vsteves) #wwd40
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25-year-old @samweaving is about to break out this fall, starring in Netflix’s horror film “The Babysitter,” fittingly out today on Friday the 13th. That’s not the only place you’ll be seeing her, though — Weaving’s got a role Showtime’s “SMILF” and another alongside Frances McDormand and Woody Harrelson in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Though she’s got a full plate at the moment, there’s one role she’s got her eye on: Marilyn Monroe. “I’m a little too young at the moment, but it’s on my bucket list,” the actress told WWD (📷: @dandoperalski) #wwdeye
BFF's Poppy Jamie and Suki Waterhouse celebrated the launch of their bag line Pop x Suki at Nordstrom last night. "The line is really about our friendship, and how we are so different but complement each other," said Waterhouse. 👯 (📷: Katie Jones) #wwdeye
After designing the new @louisvuitton and @bulgariofficial flagships and a @chanelofficial boutique opening in Japan, @petermarinoarchitect has another project on his plate: The Lobster Club. Located in the Seagram Building, it’s the famed architect’s first restaurant project in New York, serving up modern Japanese brasserie-style cuisine. Bronze hues, bespoke material detailing, blush and chartreuse tones and a heavy emphasis on Picasso can be seen throughout. Mark your calendars for Nov. 1 for the much-anticipated opening. (📷: @clint_spaulding) #wwdeye