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 up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Kohl's fell $0.63 (-1.2%) to $51.71 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,641,001 shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,151,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.46-$52.61 after having opened the day at $52.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.34. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), down 11.9%, ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 6.5%, Overstock.com ( OSTK), down 5.7% and E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), down 4.8%.

Kohl's Corporation operates family-oriented, specialty department stores. The Company's stores sell moderately priced apparel, shoes, accessories and home products targeted to middle-income customers shopping for their families and homes. Kohl's has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 22.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 10.9%, Liquidity Service ( LQDT), up 7.6%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 6.7% and New York & Company ( NWY), up 5.5% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Costco Wholesale Corporation ( COST) 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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