J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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J.C. Penney ( JCP) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.2%. By the end of trading, J.C. Penney rose $0.13 (1.5%) to $8.77 on light volume. Throughout the day, 20,649,939 shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 30,260,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.62-$8.89 after having opened the day at $8.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.64. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Gaiam ( GAIA), up 5.0%, Wet Seal ( WTSL), up 4.5%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 3.3% and GameStop ( GME), up 2.9%.

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 $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 5.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate J.C. Penney a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 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 generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Body Central ( BODY), down 35.2%, Francescas Holdings ( FRAN), down 17.5%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 9.8% and Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 8.6% , were all laggards within the retail industry with eBay ( EBAY) being today's retail industry laggard.

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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