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

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Kohl's ( KSS) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Kohl's fell $0.56 (-1.1%) to $51.00 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,092,328 shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,169,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.89-$51.82 after having opened the day at $51.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.56. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Aeropostale ( ARO), down 20.3%, New York & Company ( NWY), down 8.6%, Pacific Sunwear ( PSUN), down 7.6% and dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 7.2%.

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 $11.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 20.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. 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 revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), up 12.0%, Kirkland's ( KIRK), up 9.3%, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage ( NGVC), up 6.6% and Destination XL Group ( DXLG), up 6.5% , were all gainers within the retail industry with eBay ( EBAY) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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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