Kohl's Corp (KSS): Today's Featured Retail Loser

Kohl's ( KSS) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Kohl's fell $2.20 (-4.3%) to $48.66 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 12.5 million shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $48.36-$50.04 after having opened the day at $49.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.86. Other company's within the Retail industry that declined today were: Cache ( CACH), down 7.4%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 4.2%, Michael Kors Holdings ( KORS), down 3.2%, and Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), down 2.8%.

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 $12.37 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.8, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% 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 positive front, Builders FirstSource ( BLDR), up 9.3%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), up 7.1%, BioScrip ( BIOS), up 4.6%, and Bidz.com ( BIDZ), up 3.9%, were all gainers within the retail industry with eBay ( EBAY) being today's featured retail industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).
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