Kohl's Corp (KSS): Today's Featured Services Winner

Kohl's ( KSS) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Kohl's rose 56 cents (1.1%) to $51.25 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.8 million shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.35-$51.70 after having opened the day at $50.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.69. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 56.3%, Multimedia Games ( MGAM), up 16.6%, World Wrestling Entertainment ( WWE), up 13.5%, and Liquidity Service ( LQDT), up 13.3%.

Kohl's Corporation operates department stores in the United States. Its stores offer private, exclusive, and national branded apparel, footwear, and accessories for women, men, and children; soft home products, such as sheets and pillows; and housewares targeted to middle-income customers. Kohl's has a market cap of $12.25 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.7, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kohl's as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Peoples Educational Holdings ( PEDH), down 31.4%, KIT Digital ( KITD), down 30.3%, Corinthian Colleges ( COCO), down 21.9%, and Weight Watchers International ( WTW), down 18.1%, were all losers within the services sector with Starbucks Corporation ( SBUX) being today's services sector loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).
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