JC Penney (JCP) Leads The Pack In Pre-Market Activity

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified JC Penney ( JCP) as a pre-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified JC Penney as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • JCP has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $373.8 million.
  • JCP traded 14,375 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 7:26 AM.
  • JCP is up 3% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on JCP:

J. C. Penney Company, Inc., through its subsidiary, J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., sells merchandise through department stores in the United States. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate JC Penney a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

The average volume for JC Penney has been 16.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. JC Penney has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 1.56 and a short float of 28.5% with 2.23 days to cover. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates JC Penney as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.09 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company.
  • JCP has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 23.71% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Multiline Retail industry and the overall market, PENNEY (J C) CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • PENNEY (J C) CO reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PENNEY (J C) CO reported poor results of -$6.07 versus -$4.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$2.44 versus -$6.07).
  • 36.01% is the gross profit margin for PENNEY (J C) CO which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -6.14% trails the industry average.

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