Kohl's Corp (KSS): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Kohl's ( KSS) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Kohl's rose $1.15 (2.1%) to $56.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,878,303 shares of Kohl's exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,909,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $55.28-$57.25 after having opened the day at $55.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.35. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: Conn's ( CONN), up 13.0%, Roundys ( RNDY), up 7.8%, China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), up 4.9% and dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 4.9%.

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 $11.5 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Kohl's a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 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 attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Body Central ( BODY), down 13.3%, China Jo-Jo Drugstores ( CJJD), down 9.6%, Gordman's Stores ( GMAN), down 7.9% and Liberator Medical Holdings ( LBMH), down 6.6% , were all laggards within the retail industry with Whole Foods Market ( WFM) 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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