J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP): Today's Featured Retail Laggard

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J.C. Penney ( JCP) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, J.C. Penney fell 89 cents (-4.7%) to $18.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 13.9 million shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.58-$18.78 after having opened the day at $17.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.15. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Aeropostale ( ARO), down 6.5%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 5.6%, rue21 ( RUE), down 4.8%, and ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 4.6%.
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J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., operates department stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. 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 $4.12 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are two analysts that rate J.C. Penney a buy, three analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates J.C. Penney as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the positive front, Best Buy ( BBY), up 16.4%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 5.7%, Haverty Furniture Companies CL A ( HVT.A), up 5.3%, and GNC Acquisition Holdings ( GNC), up 5%, were all gainers within the retail industry with GameStop ( GME) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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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