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

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Kohl's ( KSS) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Kohl's fell 88 cents (-1.7%) to $50.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.4 million shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.68-$51.47 after having opened the day at $51.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.82. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Express ( EXPR), down 22.2%, RadioShack ( RSH), down 13.3%, Liquidity Service ( LQDT), down 7.1%, and U.S. Auto Parts Network ( PRTS), down 6.9%.
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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 $12.01 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.3, equal to the average retail industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.8% 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 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 attractive valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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