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

Kohl's ( KSS) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Kohl's rose $0.90 (1.8%) to $52.47 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 3,852,496 shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,521,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.82-$53.25 after having opened the day at $52.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.57. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Destination XL Group ( DXLG), up 74.1%, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMG), up 45.5%, Digital Domain Media Group ( DDMGQ), up 45.5% and Era Group ( ERA), up 24.2%.

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 $11.2 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), down 22.2%, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), down 20.3%, Shengkai Innovations ( VALV), down 11.4% and SmartPros ( SPRO), down 10.9% , were all laggards within the services sector with Dollar General Corporation ( DG) being today's services sector laggard.

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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