Kohl's Corp

  • Is It Worth Saving Penney’s?

    By Diane Alter - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    The last time J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) got this much newspaper space was when the struggling retailer spent heavily on a flood of advertisements to lure customers into stores. Presently, the beleaguered chain is taking up print coverage for very different reasons. J.C. Penney is making headlines for its fight for survival.

    Last year, the limping retailer lost $1 billion and sales slumped 25%. Year to date, it more »

  • Is This The Retailer To Own?

    By Mark Yagalla - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, M, WMT

    The retail business is a fickle industry. Most customers these days go from store to store looking for the best deal and the items they want. As investors we must look for the retailer that is doing the best job of growing comparable store sales.

    Macy's (NYSE: M) just reported soft sales in its second quarter. Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) saw its comparable store sales drop into negative territory for more »

  • Which Department Stores Are Worth Your Money?

    By Bob Ciura - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    This is a challenging time for the American consumer. The economy in the United States is slowly digging itself out of the massive hole caused by the Great Recession, the worst recession in decades. The labor and housing markets continue to heal, providing a boost for cash-strapped consumers, but at frustratingly slow rates, meaning Americans are still holding on to their purse strings.

    Nowhere can this be felt more closely more »

  • What is the Most Recent Saga at This Boring Retailer?

    By Mike Thiessen - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    The latest developments in the J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) saga were the stuff of a half-baked television drama. After sending an angry, petulant open letter to the company's shareholders and various media organizations, activist investor Bill Ackman got into an explosive boardroom confrontation with his peers on the J.C. Penney board of directors. While the exact circumstances of the almost physical confrontation have not been made public more »

  • U.S. Retailers: Which One Should You Choose?

    By Louie Grint - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, TGT, WMT

    For the past few years, the U.S. economy has been struggling, and though now it seems to be in the process of recovering, the retail industry still has some gains to realize. Customers are sensitive to macroeconomic factors, including interest rate hikes, credit availability, increase in fuel costs, high household debts, and high unemployment levels. However, the holiday season coming in and expectations about back-to-school season give some hope more »

  • 3 Retail Stocks You Need To Sell

    By Chris Johnson - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, JCP, KSS

    The financial health of the American consumer clearly has pulled back a little. Earlier last week, we saw a lackluster gain in retail sales that was propped up by strength in autos, pointing to cutbacks in other things like restaurants and electronics.

    Of course, as exciting as it is to find companies that can grow even in a tough environment, it is equally important to find those retailers that should more »

  • Is This Troubled Department Store a Good Investment?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) has been in a period of decline over the past several years, as department stores in general have been forced to contend with competition from Internet retailers such as Amazon as well as discount retailers including Target and Wal-Mart. Its stock price is down 46% in the last year. Even billionaire Bill Ackman’s involvement as an activist, helping name Ron Johnson to be J more »

  • 2 Discount Retailers to Buy and 1 to Sell

    By Phillip Woolgar - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    As the economy appears poised for a full recovery, the discount clothing market looks a bit different coming out of the recession. Not all of the retailers survived, and now it is up to the firms that are left to see if they can catch the momentum of the economy. Not all of these companies came out of the recession unscathed, and the next several years will show which firms more »

  • Media Criticism Targets Retailers

    By Gretchen Stone - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, MSO

    Accounting errors and advertising problems won't go away for two major U.S. retailers. Several lawsuits have hit Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) in the past few months, and new complaints are emerging about J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP). Allegations of deceptive practices are wreaking havoc on the images of these two major-name department stores, and investors should be wary, when shopping and investing.

    Accounting errors

    Kohl’s is in more »

  • 3 Strong Strategic Retailers

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, TGT, TJX

    Many analysts are neutral on Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS). But a stock isn’t likely to remain in a tight trading range for any significant period of time. Therefore, Kohl's will either be a good or bad investment at today's price. Perhaps, TJX Companies (NYSE: TJX) or Target (NYSE: TGT) could present better long-term opportunities.

    Rewarding shareholders

    Kohl’s has improved on the top-line annually, and despite a more »

  • More Expected Shareholder Returns For This Specialty Retailer

    By Anh HOANG - July 23, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, TGT, TJX

    Since the beginning of the year, Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE: KSS) has delivered good returns to its shareholders, up 23%--higher than the S&P 500’s return of more than 18.60%. Interestingly, Kohl’s is in the investment portfolios of several famous investors, including Zeke Ashton, Whitney Tilson and Brian Rogers. Let’s take a closer look to determine whether or not investors should buy Kohl’s at more »

  • Discount Retail at a Deep Discount

    By Marshall Hargrave - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, ROST, TJX

    The biggest benefactors of the recent struggles of J.C. Penney should be the off-price retailers, as these retailers have snatched up the majority of Penney's lost market share. Let's take a look at them. 

    Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) is one of the major discount department stores, operating some 1,127 stores in 49 states. Kohl's and its peers, Ross Stores (NASDAQ: ROST) and The TJX Companies more »

  • Does This Company Belong in the Museum of Retail?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 19, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, M

    Note: This article has been amended to better reflect the capital injection from Goldman Sachs. Motley Fool apologizes for the error.

    It had been a while since I visited a J.C. Penney Company (NYSE: JCP) department store so I went to one I hadn't visited in at least seven years. It had always been cluttered, dark, and old-fashioned looking with motherly sales associates who knew where everything was more »

  • This Company Loves New Moms

    By Mark Yagalla - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: BBBY, DEST, KSS

    Destination Maternity (NASDAQ: DEST) is the world's largest designer and retailer of maternity apparel with approximately 40% of the U.S. market. The company operates approximately 1,893 retail locations, including about 606 of its own stores under the names Motherhood Maternity, A Pea in the Pod, and Destination Maternity. The rest of its locations are leased department store locations. Destination Maternity also sells maternity apparel online and has more »

  • Brands in the Modern Era

    By Vanina Egea - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: DDS, KSS, JWN

    Brands are very important in the department stores world. The US Department Stores sector has been experiencing a fierce competition in a market we see is dominated by larger peers such as Macy's. Several factors like value, quality and marketing mix impact this industry in a significant way and the online channel segment is gaining importance.

    Working In The Website

    Dillard´s (NYSE: DDS) operates as an apparel and more »

  • Does This Retail Icon Have a Bullseye on Its Back?

    By Robert Hanley - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, M, SKS

    Saks’ (NYSE: SKS) share price jumped sharply in May 2013, based on speculation about possible merger and acquisition moves by strategic buyers.  The upscale retailer competes directly in the luxury category with privately-held Neiman Marcus Group, which was itself acquired in a leveraged buyout for roughly $5.1 billion in 2005.  While Neiman Marcus seems to have little interest in a tie-up, with a future initial public offering in the more »

  • What Makes This Retailer a Good Bet?

    By Ash Sharma - July 3, 2013 | Tickers: KSS, M, JWN

    Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) stock price has increased by 16% in the last six months, outperforming the S&P 500. Its first quarter results were mixed as comparable sales were negative, but its gross margin still beat the consensus estimates by 50 basis points.

    The sales decline that the company experienced last quarter can be attributed to the bad weather conditions whose impact was felt across the industry; as per more »

  • How Special is This Retailer?

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: ARO, ASNA, KSS

    Last year, Ascena Retail Group (NASDAQ: ASNA) bought Charming Shoppes, the parent company of Lane Bryant and Catherines, for $890 million. This acquisition was supposed to act as a growth driver, but last quarter’s numbers disappointed, and guidance is weak.  Let's take a look at what went wrong, if there’s any potential moving forward, and if one of the company's peers offers a better investment opportunity more »

  • Should You Imitate This Insider Purchase?

    By Meena Krishnamsetty - June 30, 2013 | Tickers: COST, KSS, TJX, WMT

    A recent filing with the SEC has disclosed that Nina Vaca, a member of the Board of Directors at Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS), purchased about 1,600 shares of the company’s stock in late June at prices ranging from about $49.50 to about $51 per share. This brought her total direct holdings of the stock to 7,400 shares (when unvested shares of restricted stock are included) and more »

  • The End of an Era for This Retailer

    By Timothy Green - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: JCP, KSS, MW

    George Zimmer, the founder and face of Men's Wearhouse (NYSE: MW), was abruptly fired as the company's Chairman after butting heads with the CEO. Disagreements regarding the sale of K&G, the company's discount brand, as well as executive compensation, led the board to conclude that Zimmer was undermining the authority of the CEO. Zimmer, owning just a 3.5% stake in the company, doesn't have more »

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