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

Kohl's ( KSS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Kohl's rose $1.33 (2.8%) to $48.98 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.65-$49.60 after having opened the day at $47.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.65. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Acorn International ( ATV), up 9.5%, Tuesday Morning Corporation ( TUES), up 8.8%, Urban Outfitters ( URBN), up 3.7%, and Abercrombie & Fitch ( ANF), up 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 $11.42 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight 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 revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, SUPERVALU ( SVU), down 8.1%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 6.5%, Vitacost.com ( VITC), down 4.8%, and Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 4.6%, were all losers within the retail industry with J.C. Penney ( JCP) being today's retail industry loser.

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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