Retail stocks have been rising so far this year - many of them even out performing the S&P 500- except for one: Sears Holdings (SHLD) .
The stock is down 20% so far this year, compared to Kohl's (KSS) - Get Kohl's Corporation Report , which is up almost 23%, JC Penney (JCP) - Get J. C. Penney Company, Inc. Report , is up 19% and Macy's (M) - Get Macy's, Inc. Report , which is up 5%. The rivals are actually seeing a rise in sales - even with the threat of Amazon (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com Inc. Report . Sears is facing store closures and plenty of debt.
When it comes to a Sears bankruptcy, experts says it's a matter of when not if. Rating agencies from Fitch to S&P recently downgraded Sear's credit rating.
And get this: Sears shares have lost 97% of their value since its 2007 high.
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