JCP : Analysis & Opinions

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  1. J.C Penney's 7 Most Profitable Lines of Business (JCP)

    April 24, 2016
    Explore the profitability mix across J.C. Penney’s seven largest divisions and how they are responsible for the company’s ...
  2. Sears Closing 78 Stores, Mostly K-Marts, This July

    April 22, 2016
    The sad, slow dismantling of two classic American brands continues as Sears Holdings (NYSE: SHLD) has announced plans to ...
  3. J.C. Penney Sees Outsized Opportunity for Growth

    April 14, 2016
    J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) is the latest retailer to see the potential inherent in making clothes available for women outside ...
  4. Victoria's Secret Moving Away From Famous Catalog

    April 8, 2016
    Say it isn't so! Amid a restructuring of its business, L Brands (NYSE: LB) announced that its Victoria's Secret division ...
  5. J.C. Penney Declines 5.7% Amid Profit Taking (JCP)

    March 28, 2016
    J. C. Penney's fundamentals have improve, but the huge rise in the stock may not be sustainable, given that they weren't ...
  6. XRT vs. VCDAX: ETF vs. Mutual Fund Case Study

    March 23, 2016
    Discover if the Vanguard Consumer Discretionary Fund Admiral Shares is the better investment over the SPDR S&P Retail ETF, ...
  7. J.C. Penney Stock Adds to Monthly Gains (JCP)

    March 21, 2016
    With profit margins trending higher, investors are betting J. C. Penney will win back more customers and deliver even more ...
  8. J.C. Penney Needs a Customer Experience Turnaround

    March 17, 2016
    When you're barely performing better than Wal-Mart in customer service, all the financial wizardry that brought you back ...
  9. Is JCPenney Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (JCP)

    March 14, 2016
    Examine the financial indicators that paint a bleak picture of JCPenney's future, and learn why its shares are not suitable ...
  10. Why JCPenney's Most Important Asset Is Its Management Team (JCP, ...

    March 8, 2016
    Find out why JCPenney's management team is the company's most valuable asset and how it has brought the company back from ...
  11. Bill Ackman's Success Story: Net Worth, Education & Top Quotes ...

    March 7, 2016
    Read about William Ackman, Pershing Square Capital Management's confident and brash portfolio manager and famous activist ...
  12. Analyzing J.C Penney's Return on Equity (ROE) (JCP, M)

    February 29, 2016
    Understand how sagging net income and razor-thin margins have been a drag on J.C. Penney's return on equity (ROE) in the ...
  13. J.C. Penney: An Activist Investment Analysis (JCP)

    February 22, 2016
    Learn about Pershing Square's activist investment with J.C. Penney. Discover what strategies Bill Ackman tried to implement ...
  14. JCPenney's Path To Profitability (JCP)

    February 9, 2016
    Learn about what J.C. Penney's management team has been doing to profitably grow its business as the company recovers from ...
  15. 4 High-Growth Stocks to Buy in 2016 (SGEN,GPRO)

    January 26, 2016
    As many investors begin reviewing and rebalancing their portfolios in the new year, learn about these stocks that could deliver ...
  16. Are Brick and Mortar Retailers Headed Into Bear Markets?

    January 22, 2016
    The online sales revolution has altered the playing field for brick and mortar retailers, placing them at a disadvantage ...
  17. Why J.C. Penney Looks Like a Promising Investment (JCP)

    January 21, 2016
    See how JCPenney is making a turnaround and growing sales, while other retailers are seeing sales decline and economic growth ...
  18. A Mixed Bag for Retailers This Holiday Season

    January 7, 2016
    Which retailers won or lost this holiday season?
  19. J.C. Penney's 3 Key Financial Ratios (JCP)

    December 22, 2015
    Understand why chasing sales without ensuring profitability may be the wrong approach for JCPenney and the negative effects ...
  20. Bed Bath & Beyond Sued for Bamboozling Consumers (AMZN, BBBY)

    December 11, 2015
    A rose by any other name may smell just as sweet, but if you're selling fabric made of rayon, you'd best not call it bamboo ...
  21. Will J.C. Penney Come Back in 2016? (JCP)

    November 30, 2015
    J.C. Penney is without a doubt turning itself around, but that doesn't guarantee the stock will respond immediately.
  22. Why Ascena Retail Shuns Comparisons to J.C. Penney (ASNA, JCP)

    October 30, 2015
    Whatever you do, do not compare tween retailer, Justice, to J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP). They take it as an insult. During Ascena ...
  23. Axe Falling at J.C. Penney Is Only the Beginning (JCP, KSS)

    October 26, 2015
    The announcement from J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) that it would be laying off 300 of the 3,400 people at its corporate headquarters ...
  24. Pension Plan Sale Improves J.C. Penney Finances (JCP, PRU)

    October 6, 2015
    J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) dramatically improved its financial position last week after buying annuities for some 43,000 retirees ...
  25. Why Traditional Retailers Keep Struggling

    September 16, 2015
    Here are some core reasons that the traditional retail industry is struggling today
  26. J.C. Penney Hopes to Tackle Menswear Growth (JCP, KSS)

    September 8, 2015
    As one of the most popular players on the New York Giants football team, Michael Strahan has developed into an even bigger ...
  27. 4 Stocks Still Flashing Buy Signals (INCY, PE)

    August 31, 2015
    In the midst of volatility and a big market sell-off last week, these stocks are flashing buy signals.
  28. JC Penney Recovers from Marketing Missteps (JCP, M)

    August 18, 2015
    An analysis of how JC Penney's misguided marketing strategies caused its stock to fall from $80 to $8 per share.
  29. J.C. Penney Trounces Wall Street ... Again (JCP, KSS)

    August 17, 2015
    Bucking the trend of recent retailer reports, J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) reported second quarter earnings that trounced analyst ...
  30. Kohl's Becomes Second Retailer to Miss Big (KSS, JCP)

    August 14, 2015
    It is beginning to shape up as a bad time for retail after Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) reported earnings that fell short of analyst ...
  31. What Does Macy's Miss Mean for the Rest of Retail? (JCP, KSS)

    August 12, 2015
    Macy's (NYSE: M) swung and missed its second quarter sales and earnings this morning, causing its stock to slump 5% for ...
  32. J.C. Penney Finally Earning Wall Street's Respect (JCP, HD)

    August 10, 2015
    It took awhile, but Wall Street is finally coming around to the notion that J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) just might make good ...
  33. J.C. Penney Poaching From Home Depot and Target (HD, JCP)

    August 7, 2015
    J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) announced two new hires this week, going back to the well of talent it dipped into previously to ...
  34. 3 Entrepreneurs Who Became Successful After 40 (WMT, YUM)

    August 6, 2015
    Read about four influential entrepreneurs who didn't achieve fame and success until after their 40th birthdays, including ...
  35. J.C. Penney: Identity Crisis or Buy Opportunity?

    August 5, 2015
    With so many recent leadership changes, J.C. Penney might be suffering from an identity crisis. Here's why and what you need ...
  36. Credit Card Review: Blue Cash Everyday Amex (AXP, KSS)

    July 31, 2015
    Read about the Blue Cash Everyday Amex card, and learn how it saves cardholders money on groceries, gas and other household ...
  37. Beauty Care Becoming Key to Retail Growth (AVP, WBA)

    July 13, 2015
    Retailers are realizing how essential beauty care products are to their long-term health. Pharmacy chain Walgreens Boots ...
  38. Watch These Stocks For Breakouts Right Now (JCP, CUBE)

    July 6, 2015
    Breakouts are imminent in these four stocks, leading to potential buying, selling or short selling opportunities.
  39. Why Marvin Ellison Is an Ideal CEO for J.C. Penney (JCP, GE)

    July 1, 2015
    J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) has made its fair share of mistakes over the past five years -- particularly during former-CEO Ron ...
  40. 3 Lessons J.C. Penney Has Learned (JCP, AAPL)

    June 29, 2015
    J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) has a tough row to hoe when it comes to revitalizing its brand. In the process of doing so, its ...
  41. Winning Retailers Amid Sales Slump

    June 29, 2015
    Declining department store retail sales and the exceptions to the rule after the end of the Great Recession.
  42. J.C. Penney's 3-Part Turnaround Strategy (JCP)

    June 19, 2015
    Following J.C. Penney's (NYSE: JCP) brush with death during the past decade, the 113-year-old company's future boils down ...
  43. 4 New Insights From Top J.C. Penney Executives (JCP)

    June 17, 2015
    Every so often, a company's executives give presentations to analysts and institutional investors. These can offer critical ...
  44. 1 Lesson J.C. Penney Teaches About Investing (JCP)

    June 11, 2015
    If there's one positive thing investors can take from J.C. Penney's (NYSE: JCP) performance over the past few years, it's ...
  45. An Unfortunate Fact About J.C. Penney's Stock (JCP, AAPL)

    June 5, 2015
    It's safe to say that J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) has, at the very least, a perception problem. According to the latest data ...
  46. 5 Things J.C. Penney Wants You to Know (JCP)

    May 20, 2015
    It's been a challenging few years for J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP). But while many analysts and commentators have previously ...
  47. J.C. Penney Reports Higher Sales and Narrower Loss (JCP)

    May 15, 2015
    While it's too early to proclaim J.C. Penney's (NYSE: JCP) turnaround efforts a resounding success, it isn't too early to ...
  48. Earnings Preview: J.C. Penney (JCP)

    May 12, 2015
    Shares of J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) headed higher in recent days in anticipation of the company's first-quarter earnings release. ...
  49. How Close Is J.C. Penney to Bankruptcy? (JCP, KSS)

    April 30, 2015
    Struggling retailer J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) has reported a net loss in each of the past four years. The company's balance ...
  50. Will J.C. Penney Ever Make Money Again? (JCP, M)

    April 15, 2015
    The recovery in the U.S. economy has helped hundreds of companies come back from the hits they took during the recession ...
  51. The Sad Tale of J.C. Penney and the Magic Watch (JCP)

    April 9, 2015
    J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) is about to get a big boost in traffic and sales, if we accept one Wall Street theory. Piper Jaffray ...
  52. This Is J.C. Penney's Biggest Problem (JCP)

    April 2, 2015
    In late 2007, shares of department store J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) reached $80. Today, after a failed makeover by former CEO ...
  53. Deutsche Bank Is Talking Troubled Retailers And REIT Risk

    March 26, 2015
    On March 24, Deutsche Bank published a quarterly update of the retail sector, including a watch-list of retail tenants viewed ...
  54. Did J.C. Penney’s Turnaround Plan Work Out?

    March 3, 2015
    J.C. Penney has wrapped up another year of its turnaround plan: ultimately, to make money in a stock, the underlying business ...
  55. Is J.C. Penney Fighting An Uphill Battle?

    February 26, 2015
    J.C. Penney's revenue is once again on the ascent, its free cash flow is closing in on positive territory, and its gross ...
  56. Book Reliable Profits With Pullback Strategies

    February 4, 2015
    Pullbacks generate all sorts of trading opportunities after an active trend thrusts higher or lower.
  57. All Quiet On The Market Front: Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq Virtually ...

    November 12, 2014
  58. Don't Miss Out On The Short Sellers' Bull Market

    October 30, 2014
  59. This Left-For-Dead Stock Could Have A Huge Turnaround In 2015

    September 16, 2014
    It's hard to watch when one of America's great 20th century success stories falls on hard times. It's even harder ...
  60. How To Profit From The Rise in Proxy Fights

    September 9, 2014
    A proxy vote is a vote cast by an entity or person on behalf of another. This sets the stage for a proxy fight between the ...
  61. 5 Stocks To Watch During Back-To-School Season

    September 2, 2014
    Back-to-school season, which begins in July and hits a peak in mid-September, is an important time for retailers. It gives ...
  62. J.C. Penney Earnings Preview: Is The Turnaround On Track?

    May 15, 2014
    J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) will report its first quarter 2014 results on Thursday morning. Analysts are expecting the retailer ...
  63. No Legwork Wednesday – J.C. Penney And The 'No Sale' Debacle

    April 19, 2014
    When it comes to retailing, a company’s success depends as much on properly positioning its products as it does on the actual ...
  64. Is This The Next Retail Stock To Die?

    March 3, 2014
    My great-grandfather owned a small department store in the Pacific Northwest. With the help of my great -grandmother (who, ...
  65. After a Massive Short Squeeze, Is This Stock Headed Even Higher?

    February 28, 2014
    After the market closed for trading on Wednesday, Feb. 26, short sellers quickly scanned the latest short interest data (which ...
  66. Bargain Stocks Even Graham And Dodd Would Love

    February 20, 2014
    More than seven decades ago, in their investing bible "Security Analysis," the famed value investors Benjamin Graham ...
  67. The One Department Store Stock You Can Trust

    January 27, 2014
    Now that the busy holiday shopping season is behind us, it's time to look at which department store retailers are set ...
  68. Protect Your MLP Profits From The Tax Man -- Here's How

    January 27, 2014
    Over the past decade, we've spent a considerable amount of time researching master limited partnerships (MLPs). They've ...
  69. The Best Ways To Profit From Bankruptcies

    December 9, 2013
    With the U.S. economy a half-decade removed from its last recession, there are relatively few bankruptcies these days. But ...
  70. Barron's Recap: Underestimating Sirius XM

    November 23, 2013
    This weekend in Barron's online: a look at Sirius XM, the prospects for retailers this holiday shopping season, a small ...
  71. Is There A Light At The End Of The Tunnel For J.C. Penney?

    November 21, 2013
    Shares of the beleaguered retailer soared Wednesday after it told Wall Street that its holiday season would be its best in ...
  72. This Simple Tool Could Save Your Portfolio

    November 18, 2013
    Last week, stock prices reacted to the news. Stock picking could become more important as the market reaches new highs, and ...
  73. Five Questions Investors Should Ask When A CEO Returns

    October 18, 2013
    One of an investor’s most challenging decisions is how to handle the news that a former chief executive officer returns to ...
  74. The Weakest and Strongest S&P Stocks

    October 16, 2013
    While the overall S&P 500 uptrend remains intact, there are warning signs present. During uncertainty, trading the strongest ...
  75. Barnes & Noble, J.C. Penney See Short Interest Rise (BKS, JCP, ...

    October 13, 2013
    The back-to-school shopping season was underwhelming, and economic confidence is plummeting ahead of the holiday shopping ...
  76. Why Wal-Mart’s Hiring Plans May Be Good News For Investors

    September 25, 2013
    Stung by complaints of bare shelves and poor customer service, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT), is hiring 70,000 part-time ...
  77. Wild Short Interest Swings In Barnes & Noble and Rite Aid (BKS, ...

    September 12, 2013
    Overall, the short interest moves in troubled retail companies were mixed again during the latter weeks of August. However, ...
  78. Sears' Losses Widen In Q1 - Time To Merge With JC Penney?

    May 27, 2013
    Sears Holdings delivered another brutal quarter May 23. CEO and majority owner Edward Lampert has his hands full trying to ...
  79. Ralph Lauren Q4 Earnings Up 35%: Buy or Sell?

    May 24, 2013
    Ralph Lauren announced Q4 earnings that were 35% ahead of last year. Unfortunately, it also was very cautious on its 2014 ...
  80. Wal-Mart Uses Rigorous Cost Control To Offset Weaker Sales

    May 17, 2013
    Sluggish sales growth at Wal-Mart isn't a big surprise, but it could keep a lid on the stock.
  81. Kohl's Could Work For A Trade, But It's In A Brutal Business

    May 16, 2013
    Kohl's did okay by the analysts, but core operating trends here certainly aren't strong.
  82. Walmart's Cupboard Lies Bare

    March 28, 2013
    Bloomberg ran an article March 26 suggesting Walmart is losing market share due to disorganized stores. Specifically, it ...
  83. The Most Volatile Stocks With Volume For Short-Term Traders

    February 6, 2013
    Looking for big daily moves with volume that makes it easy to get in and out. Here are four of the most consistently volatile ...
  84. Herbalife Is Merely A Pawn In This Hedge Fund Battle Royal

    January 18, 2013
    Managers of some of the largest hedge funds are taking sides in the battle over Herbalife, arguing whether or not it's a ...
  85. Bill Ackman's New Target? Herbalife

    January 3, 2013
    Herbalife vows to answer to Bill Ackman's charges, but if we are to pick a winner of round one of this fight, it's Ackman.
  86. This Could be the Major Investment Theme of 2013

    January 2, 2013
    As investors stepped away from their computers during the holidays, they may have failed to notice an absolutely stunning ...
  87. The Double-Digit Dividend Increases And Decreases Of The Past ...

    October 18, 2012
    Dividend growth can be one of the best ways for investors to grow wealth over the long term. However, finding those firms ...
  88. Bed Bath & Beyond and Other Services Stocks Making Big Moves ...

    September 20, 2012
    On a bad day for the market, the Nasdaq has fallen 0.3%, the S&P 500 has slipped 0.3% and the Dow has declined 0.1%. ...
  89. Is Apple's Retail Empire On The Rocks?

    August 30, 2012
    Recent news reports suggest Apple CEO's thirst for profits is getting in the way of the customer experience.
  90. The Window For Sears Holdings Seems To Be Closing Fast

    May 23, 2012
    Although Eddie Lampert's team is working hard to fix what ails Sears Holdings, it is increasingly looking like an uphill ...
  91. Are Investors Being Rational About J.C. Penney?

    May 18, 2012
    J.C. Penney disappointed the Street, but expectations may be too high anyway.
  92. S&P 500's Most Oversold Stocks

    March 21, 2012
    Several prominent S&P 500 stocks haven’t been bid up to technically overbought conditions in the recent rally, potentially ...
  93. Hanesbrands Still A Good Fit

    February 21, 2012
    The long-term appeal of Hanesbrands' business is still there, provided management delivers on its promise to reduce debt.
  94. Ackman's Target Canadian Pacific Gets Moving

    January 30, 2012
    Canadian Pacific is the latest activist target of Pershing Square's Bill Ackman.
  95. 3 Reasons Saks Makes Sense

    January 17, 2012
    Sak's stock is priced to move.
  96. This Week's Activist Filings

    December 29, 2011
    Despite Europe's economic woes creating uncertainty going into 2012, activist investors can be a boon to certain stocks.
  97. Sears Continues To Struggle

    December 29, 2011
    Sears is struggling this holiday season, but there is some hope for the company in the form of majority investor Eddie Lampert.
  98. 2011 Retail Roundup

    December 26, 2011
    We go over the winners and losers in retail for 2001.
  99. Maidenform Pulled Out Of Shape

    November 14, 2011
    Maidenform has made a tough market worse with inventory mismanagement.
  100. Liz Claiborne Starts Over

    October 17, 2011
    Liz Claiborne has to sell some crown jewels to stay in the game. It could be an improved company and rebuild it's name, but ...
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