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 0.7%. By the end of trading, J.C. Penney fell $0.15 (-2.6%) to $5.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 31,787,290 shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,461,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $5.46-$5.98 after having opened the day at $5.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.66. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Fairway Group Holdings Corp Class A ( FWM), down 29.0%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 3.2%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), down 2.8% and Stein Mart ( SMRT), down 2.6%.

J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., operates department stores. It sells family apparel and footwear, accessories, fine and fashion jewelry, beauty products, and home furnishings. J.C. Penney has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 38.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate J.C. Penney a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 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, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Liquidity Service ( LQDT), up 15.6%, bebe stores ( BEBE), up 14.6%, RadioShack ( RSH), up 9.0% and Restoration Hardware Holdings ( RH), up 6.6% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) 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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