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J.C. Penney



) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, J.C. Penney rose $1.76 (11.6%) to $17.00 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 56,391,440 shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,744,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.86-$17.58 after having opened the day at $16.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.24. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were:

bebe stores



), up 7.7%,

Bon-Ton Stores



), up 6.4%,

Builders FirstSource



), up 5.9% and

GNC Acquisition Holdings



), up 4.2%.

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J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., operates department stores. 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 $3.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 22.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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 generally high debt management risk.

On the negative front,

QKL Stores



), down 10.1%,



), down 7.2%,




), down 4.2% and




), down 3.1% , were all laggards within the retail industry with

Dollar Tree Stores



) being today's retail industry laggard.

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