JCP : Analysis & Opinions

  1. All Quiet On The Market Front: Dow, S&P 500, Nasdaq Virtually ...

    November 12, 2014
    U.S. stocks were little changed on Wednesday in another quiet trading session due to a lack of catalysts to move stocks. ...
  2. How You Can Add Retail to Your Portfolio Now - Industry Outlook

    November 12, 2014
    How You Can Add Retail to Your Portfolio Now - Industry Outlook
  3. Don't Miss Out On The Short Sellers' Bull Market

    October 30, 2014
    For short sellers, October 22, 2014 may have marked a key turning point: Shares of Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LL), ...
  4. 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 ...
  5. Investors would be well served to stay abreast of proxy fights

    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 ...
  6. 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 ...
  7. Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook

    July 15, 2014
    Retail Begins Picking It Up - Industry Outlook
  8. Stocks Still in a Sour Mood? - Ahead of Wall Street

    May 16, 2014
    It increasingly appears that the growth rebound will likely be less robust relative to some of the more optimistic estimates.
  9. 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 ...
  10. 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 ...
  11. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook

    March 13, 2014
    Retail Industry Stock Outlook - March 2014 - Industry Outlook
  12. 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, ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. 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 ...
  15. 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 ...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 2014 - One Trading Day at a Time - Ahead of Wall Street

    January 2, 2014
    Time to start slowly, and ratchet in our focus.
  18. 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 ...
  19. 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 ...
  20. Shares of the beleaguered retailer soared Wednesday after it told Wall Street that its holiday season would be its best in years.

    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 ...
  21. 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 ...
  22. Ron Johnson was eager to change J.C. Penney’s identity, but he exited unceremoniously last April and was replaced by Mike Ullman, his predecessor.

    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 ...
  23. Bullish chart of Netflix heading toward its short-term target of $335.

    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 ...
  24. 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 ...
  25. If consumers feel financial stress, they will find Wal-Mart’s low prices attractive.

    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 ...
  26. 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, ...
  27. 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 ...
  28. 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 ...
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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 ...
  32. 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 ...
  33. Morocco OFPPT Picks Microsoft Suite - Analyst Blog

    February 1, 2013
    Morocco's Office of Vocational Training and Employment Promotion (OFPPT) has chosen the world's largest software maker Microsoft ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. 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. ...
  36. 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 ...
  37. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - Nov. 2012 - Industry Outlook

    November 21, 2012
    As consumer spending is the key to the viability of any economy, the health of the retail industry is an important economic ...
  38. 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 ...
  39. J. C. Penney Company (JCP) - Bear of the Day

    October 4, 2012
    J. C. Penney Company (JCP) posted a second-quarter 2012 loss of $0.37 per share that fared worse than the earnings of $0.19 ...
  40. 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%. ...
  41. 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.
  42. Retail Industry Stock Outlook - Aug. 2012 - Zacks Analyst Interviews

    August 7, 2012
    Retailers procure goods in large quantities directly from manufacturers or wholesalers and sell them in small quantities ...
  43. 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 ...
  44. Are Investors Being Rational About J.C. Penney?

    May 18, 2012
    J.C. Penney disappointed the Street, but expectations may be too high anyway.
  45. 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 ...
  46. 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. ...
  47. Ackman's Target Canadian Pacific Gets Moving

    January 30, 2012
    Canadian Pacific is the latest activist target of Pershing Square's Bill Ackman.
  48. 3 Reasons Saks Makes Sense

    January 17, 2012
    Sak's stock is priced to move.
  49. 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. ...
  50. 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. ...
  51. 2011 Retail Roundup

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

    November 14, 2011
    Maidenform has made a tough market worse with inventory mismanagement.
  53. 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 ...
  54. Sears' Big Move

    October 5, 2011
    Sears' stocks jumped with the news that the retailer is planning to capitalize on its large amount of real estate.
  55. DSW Is Well-Heeled

    September 5, 2011
    Discount shoe retailer DSW posted an impressive second quarter as it continues to produce solid earnings and outstanding ...
  56. JC Penney In A Flat Spot

    August 16, 2011
    Department store JC Penney had a tough second quarter, as its middle-income customer base was pressed by the latest wave ...
  57. Glenn Murphy: Here's How You Fix The Gap

    June 29, 2011
    Gap CEO, Glenn Murphy, is on the right track, but we have a few suggestions on how to fix Gap Inc.
  58. Sears Still Doesn't Get It Right

    May 25, 2011
    Sears shows no signs of emerging from its self-made morass.
  59. Kohl's Meets Ben Graham's Most Important Rules

    April 26, 2011
    Find out how Kohl's meets two of the most important factors in Ben Graham's criteria for choosing stock.
  60. Ross Stores Pack Away Profits

    March 23, 2011
    Ross Stores continued its strong performance with an impressive fourth quarter and full year of sales and earnings. Can the ...
  61. Can Chico's Be Chic Again?

    February 28, 2011
    Chico's won't impress anybody with trailing same-store sales growth of 1%, but the future looks brighter.
  62. Dollar General Forges Ahead

    January 6, 2011
    Dollar General reported a record quarter last month, but the market focused on its slowing growth and punished the stock. ...
  63. Men's Wearhouse Gets A Sharp Markdown

    December 10, 2010
    Poor fourth quarter guidance isn't the problem investors should be worried about.
  64. Retail Customer Service Excellence Pays

    December 9, 2010
    A look at the top 10 retailers ranked in customer service to see if it translates into stock performance.
  65. 3 Dividend-Paying Stocks With Momentum

    November 26, 2010
    These three dividend-paying stocks have been performing above expectations as of late, and show great promise in the near ...
  66. Kohl's Keeps It Simple

    November 16, 2010
    Kohl's isn't bursting with growth, but it seems to be building a moat around its business. Is it enough to protect their ...
  67. No Recession In High-End Goods

    October 15, 2010
    For high-end retailers, business is as rich as ever.
  68. Ackman's Big Stake In JCPenney

    October 13, 2010
    Hedge fund manager William Ackman has bought a large stake in retailer JC Penney.
  69. Special Dividends Trump Share Repurchases Every Time

    October 11, 2010
    Let's look at share repurchases to demonstrate why special dividends are far superior to buybacks.
  70. When Share Repurchases Don't Pay Off

    October 4, 2010
    Stock buybacks haven't turned out that great for Sears or its nearest competitors.
  71. Is Gap A Value Or Value Trap?

    September 8, 2010
    Lots of cash and no long-term debt means shares of Gap may be undervalued.
  72. BJ's Wholesale Headwinds

    August 23, 2010
    BJ's posted an unimpressive second quarter earnings report and indicated increasing headwinds.
  73. Profit From Nordstrom's Return To Form

    August 16, 2010
    Nordstrom's stock swoon has put its forward P/E into very reasonable territory.
  74. Department Stores Winning The Retail Battle

    July 16, 2010
    Retail sales for July just came out as the second consecutive month of declines. One bright spot is department stores.
  75. Macy's Moves Ahead

    May 17, 2010
    Macy's has implemented changes which have helped bring it through the recession.
  76. Is There Any Value Left In Retail?

    March 30, 2010
    With more than half of the retail companies in the S&P trading right around their 52-week highs, is there any value left ...
  77. Quiksilver And Liz Claiborne: Strangely Similar

    March 10, 2010
    Quiksilver is very similar in many ways with Liz Claiborne - except when it comes to stock price.
  78. The Customer Counts

    February 18, 2010
    Discover how the best customer service is reflected in stock returns of the top companies versus the S&P 500 benchmark. ...
  79. Is Kohl’s A Buy?

    January 29, 2010
    Kohl's recent run up and strong fundamentals make it attractive to all types of investors.
  80. Does Tiffany Really Sparkle?

    January 15, 2010
    Although higher-end retailers may see some volatile results in the near term, Tiffany has been getting the job done, and ...
  81. A Look Back At The Department Stores

    December 24, 2009
    Improved performances in this sector in 2009 signal positive things to come in the new year.
  82. JCPenney And Competitors Still Sluggish

    November 18, 2009
    JCPenney had another rough quarter, but sees a cautiously improved outlook for the rest of this year.
  83. Kohl's Strong Among Weak Retailers

    September 24, 2009
    Despite ongoing weak sales for most retailers, Kohl's has shown strength in sales and is set up to do well as the recession ...
  84. Profit Using High And Low Turnover Funds

    September 24, 2009
    We look at the top five holdings for two of the best large growth funds over the last five years.
  85. Coach Q4 Earnings

    July 31, 2009
    Coach's Q4 earnings are not enough to make now a good time to enter. But long-term, Coach is looking stylish.
  86. Department Store Winners and Losers

    May 13, 2009
    Stabilizing sales and increases in EPS guidance could mean it's time to buy department store stocks.
  87. Book Value Bargains Or Just Plain Busted?

    March 18, 2009
    Companies trading under book value may be worth a look - assuming they aren't down for good reason.
  88. Companies With Inside Ownership Over 10%

    March 17, 2009
    Learn about companies with insiders who collectively own 10% or more of the stock.
  89. Gymboree Masters Jungle Gym Of Dour Economy

    February 13, 2009
    A low P/E ratio doesn't guarantee the investment worthiness of a company, but Gymboree is a shining star of the metric.
  90. Book Value Bonanzas?

    January 21, 2009
    Buying a stock under book value is no guarantee of success. However, it may in some cases limit downside potential.
  91. Gymboree Deserves A Spot On The Radar Screen

    January 8, 2009
    An update on the children's retailer and why investors should keep a close eye on it.
  92. Capital One: Debt's In Your Wallet?

    October 8, 2008
    Capital One offers attractive valuations, but charge-offs and delinquencies are on the rise.
  93. Four Stocks That Are Actually Going Up

    July 11, 2008
    When all other methods fail, maybe the best solution is just looking for stocks that are rising. We examine a quartette of ...
  94. Are Same Store Sales Overrated?

    June 11, 2008
    Fewer retailers are reporting monthly same store sales, arguing they put too much emphasis on the short term. Perhaps they're ...
  95. Sears Shows Its Softer Side In Q1

    June 3, 2008
    Revenue and sales both dropped during the latest quarter, and a withering cash position is leaving investors with little ...
  96. The Gap Closing On The Competition

    March 3, 2008
    The Gap is no longer the ugly duckling of retail fashion. Its comps finally compare and margins have improved.
  97. Nordstrom: Recession Proof But Not Weather Proof (JWN)

    October 22, 2007
    The retailer's upscale shoppers can ignore a market downturn, but warm fall weather has kept them from buying the latest ...
  98. Build-A-Bear Mauled (BBW)

    June 22, 2007
    The plush-toy seller offered weak earnings guidance for the remainder of 2007, and things could be getting worse.
  99. Don't Jump Into JC Penney... Yet (JCP)

    May 23, 2007
    JC Penney recently reported solid Q1 results, but tough times ahead could hurt the stock.
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