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

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Kohl's ( KSS) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Kohl's fell $0.87 (-1.6%) to $54.38 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,225,348 shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,787,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $53.62-$55.24 after having opened the day at $55.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.25. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: Express ( EXPR), down 23.0%, FreeSeas ( FREE), down 13.9%, Village Super Market ( VLGEA), down 9.9% and Sears Holdings Corporation ( SHLD), down 8.3%.

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 $12.0 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 28.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 19.0%, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), up 10.7%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), up 10.3% and Liberator Medical Holdings ( LBMH), up 10.1% , were all gainers within the services sector with Wynn Resorts ( WYNN) being today's featured services sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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