Valentine’s Day Trend Trades.

Build a Bear.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. operates as a specialty retailer of plush animals and related products. The company operates through three segments: Direct-to-Consumer, International Franchising, and Commercial. Its merchandise comprises a range of styles of stuffed animals; clothing, shoes, and accessories for the stuffed animals; and other toy and novelty items. The company operates its stores under the Build-A-Bear Workshop brand name; and sells its products through its e-commerce sites.

Signet jewelers.

Signet Jewelers Limited engages in the retail sale of diamond jewelry, watches, and other products in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, and the Channel Islands. Its Sterling Jewelers division operates stores in malls and off-mall locations primarily under the Kay Jewelers, Kay Jewelers Outlet, Jared The Galleria Of Jewelry, Jared Vault, and various mall-based regional brands. As of January 28, 2017, this division operated 1,588 stores. The company’s Zale division operates jewelry stores and mall-based kiosks in shopping malls mainly under the Zales Jewelers, Zales Outlet, Peoples Jewellers, Gordon’s Jewelers, and Mappins Jewellers regional brands. 

Chocolate/cocoa futures.

Just as Americans rush to load up on chocolates for Valentine’s Day, the global cocoa glut is finally starting to ebb.

Cocoa futures in New York have climbed almost 9 percent in 2018, making them one of the year’s best-performing commodities. As signs of tighter supplies mount, hedge funds have switched to betting on an extended rally, after holding negative wagers for the past two months.

This year’s gains for cocoa are a stark reversal from the last two years, when futures plunged more than 40 percent amid a global glut. The lower prices took a toll on growers, who cut spending on farm maintenance.

Sugar futures.

Jan 31 (PTI) Sugar prices spurted 2.94 per cent to Rs 3,042 per quintal in futures market today as speculators built up fresh positions.

At the National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange, sugar for delivery in March jumped up by Rs 87, or 2.94 per cent, to Rs 3,042 per quintal with an open interest of 50 lots.

sugar producers dominated the commercial position, forcing it further into negative territory every week through Valentine’s Day as they anticipated seasonal weakness that typically begins in early March. This setup worked out well for the discretionary COT sell signal issued February 8th but not so well for the buy signals published on March 22nd or, April 6th. Fortunately, the losses were small as the corresponding protective sell stops were 19 and 53 points from the entry prices. Most importantly, our recent work should help prevent the March and April losers as measurable seasonal influences are taken into consideration.

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