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

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Kohl's ( KSS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.0%. By the end of trading, Kohl's rose $2.67 (5.2%) to $53.51 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8,965,871 shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,085,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.00-$54.52 after having opened the day at $52.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.84. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Dillards ( DDS), up 7.0%, J.C. Penney ( JCP), up 5.5%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 3.2% and Liquidity Service ( LQDT), up 2.4%.

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 $11.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 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 attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 14.2%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 13.9%, LightInTheBox ( LITB), down 11.7% and E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 11.6% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) 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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