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 0.2%. By the end of trading, Kohl's fell $1.22 (-2.3%) to $51.37 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,885,577 shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,993,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.71-$52.63 after having opened the day at $52.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.59. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), down 5.3%, Stein Mart ( SMRT), down 3.8%, Fairway Group Holdings Corp Class A ( FWM), down 3.3% and ALCO Stores ( ALCS), down 2.7%.

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. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 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, RadioShack ( RSH), up 17.6%, Liberator Medical Holdings ( LBMH), up 7.0%, Best Buy ( BBY), up 6.3% and Builders FirstSource ( BLDR), up 4.8% , 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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