2013 has been a strong year so far for Kohl's ( KSS). Shares of the big box department store chain have rallied almost 18% since the calendar flipped over to January, significantly outperforming the rest of the market. The firm's model is built off of selling well-known brand names at moderate prices to middle income consumers through its 1,150 stores. Kohl's value focus makes it a defensive retail name for the start to this summer.
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