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Kohl's (KSS - Get Report) was upgraded last week to buy from hold at Stifel Nicolaus, based on a $62 price target.

As of the most-recent reporting period, Kohl's comprises 1.7% of Highbridge Capital Management, which increased its position by 43.2% in the period.

Stock Overview: Kohl's operates family-oriented department stores that sell moderately priced apparel, footwear and accessories for women, men and children; soft home products such as sheets and pillows; and housewares. It has traded in a 52-week range of $44.07 to $58.99and was recently at $51.33. It has a market cap of about $15 billion and a 4.4 short interest ratio, and it trades at a P/E of 15.

Analyst Ratings: Of 23 analysts covering the stock, 19 rate it a buy, and four rate it a hold. TheStreet Ratings has a B buy rating on Kohl's.

Earnings Estimates: Kohl's is slated to report earnings on Feb. 24. Analysts expect the company to earn $1.64 a share in the quarter, compared with $$1.40 a share in the year-ago quarter, and $3.72 a share for the year, up from $3.23 in the previous year.

More on Kohl's: Kohl's was one of Barclays' 30 best stock picks for 2011, and Action Alerts Plus' Stephanie Link named it one of her top three retail stocks fro the year. Cramer recently include it as one of a few buy opportunities off of market weakness.  

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