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 0.3%. By the end of trading, J.C. Penney fell $0.09 (-1.2%) to $7.61 on light volume. Throughout the day, 11,989,983 shares of J.C. Penney exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 27,414,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $7.53-$7.98 after having opened the day at $7.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $7.70. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: China Nepstar Chain Drugstore ( NPD), down 3.8%, Cache ( CACH), down 3.7%, Alon Blue Square Israel ( BSI), down 3.6% and Wet Seal ( WTSL), down 3.5%.

J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., sells merchandise through department stores in the United States. J.C. Penney has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are down 15.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate J.C. Penney a buy, 4 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 positive front, bebe stores ( BEBE), up 15.2%, Haverty Furniture Companies ( HVT), up 4.9%, dELiA*s ( DLIA), up 3.9% and Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), up 3.8% , 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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