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

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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 1%. By the end of trading, Kohl's rose $1.49 (3.1%) to $48.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, four million shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47.45-$48.98 after having opened the day at $47.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.33. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Zumiez ( ZUMZ), up 8.7%, Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), up 8.1%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), up 7.8%, and Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), up 5.8%.
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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 $10.82 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Kohl's as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Orchard Supply Hardware ( OSH), down 6.3%, Acorn International ( ATV), down 4.3%, eBay ( EBAY), down 3.7%, and ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 3.6%, were all laggards within the retail industry with Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) being today's retail industry laggard.

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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