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 $0.57 (-3.3%) to $16.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,383,911 shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10,979,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $16.49-$17.00 after having opened the day at $16.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.13. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Acorn International ( ATV), down 7.4%, Tilly's ( TLYS), down 4.1%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 2.9% and QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 2.8%.

J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., operates department stores. 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 $3.9 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate J.C. Penney a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 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 deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, LightInTheBox Holding Co Ltd ADR ( LITB), up 16.4%, E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 9.1%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 8.2% and China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 7.5%.

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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