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J.C. Penney



) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, J.C. Penney fell $3.26 (-11.2%) to $25.83 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 24.8 million shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of nine million shares. The stock ranged in price between $25.82-$27.78 after having opened the day at $27.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.09. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were:

Bed Bath & Beyond



), down 9.8%,

Sears Holdings Corporation



), down 6.7%,

QKL Stores



), down 6.5%, and

E-Commerce China Dangdang



), down 5.7%.

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J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., operates department stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. The company sells family apparel and footwear, accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, beauty products, and home furnishings. J.C. Penney has a market cap of $6.37 billion and is part of the


sector. Shares are down 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate J.C. Penney a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.C. Penney as a


. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front,

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), up 5.1%,

Dollar Tree Stores



), up 5%,

Christopher & Banks Corporation



), up 4.9%, and

Limited Brands



), up 3.6%, were all gainers within the retail industry with

Dollar General Corporation



) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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