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 0.3%. By the end of trading, J.C. Penney fell $0.18 (-1.3%) to $13.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 9,758,474 shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 17,762,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $13.59-$13.92 after having opened the day at $13.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $13.82. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: ValueVision Media ( VVTV), down 5.7%, Conn's ( CONN), down 3.6%, Aeropostale ( ARO), down 3.5% and PC Connection ( PCCC), down 3.1%.

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 $3.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 29.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate J.C. Penney a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 feeble growth in its earnings per share, generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Coastal Contacts ( COA), up 5.0%, Alon Blue Square Israel ( BSI), up 4.2%, Cache ( CACH), up 3.7% and Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 3.3% , were all gainers within the retail industry with CVS Caremark ( CVS) 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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