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When scanning for stocks to buy or sell, I'll often pinpoint a sector before selecting individual stocks. This usually works well, but occasionally the results are deceiving. For example, a quick glance at the big retail ETFs hints at strength in that sector. The Market Vectors Retail ETF (RTH) reached its all-time high on September 19, and the SPDR S&P Retail ETF (XRT) is trading close its all-time high. So everything's fine in the retail sector, right?

Don't be fooled. Those ETFs are strong thanks to a combination of unlikely names: specialty retailers and dollar stores. Stocks such as Groupon (GRPN), Rite Aid RAD and Supervalu SVU and Dollar Tree (DLTR) are powering the sector higher. Meanwhile, there is serious weakness concentrated among some very familiar names. Some of the worst charts in the market right now belong to some high-profile retailers. I'm not even referring to J.C. Penny (JCP), which has obviously been crushed....303 more words left in this article. To read them, just click below and try Real Money FREE for 14 days.

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