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

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Kohl's ( KSS) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Kohl's fell $0.58 (-1.2%) to $47.66 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,206,243 shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,500,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $46.97-$47.68 after having opened the day at $47.58 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.24. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), down 18.6%, Pantry ( PTRY), down 10.6%, TravelCenters of America ( TA), down 10.2% and Hudson Global ( HSON), down 9.7%.
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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 $10.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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 and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Destination XL Group ( DXLG), down 35.7%, Casual Male Retail Group ( CMRG), down 35.7%, Lentuo International ( LAS), down 25.1% and Mercadolibre ( MELI), down 17.9% , were all gainers within the services sector with CBS Corporation ( CBS) being today's featured services sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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