Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Today's Major Market Move: J.C. Penney (ticker: JCP) Declines 9.2% Month To Date

Even with all of the recent volatility, June has been a decent month for the S&P 500 which as posted a 3.5% gain month to date. One stock that has bucked that overall upward trend has been J.C. Penney (ticker: JCP) which is down 9.2% for the month and 35% for the year. Here's the top 10 decliners in the S&P 500 for the month of June so far:

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After a solid beat in calendar Q4 2010, EPS has trended down over the past 5 quarters and calendar Q4 2011 was particularly abysmal. When looking at EPS actuals, the stock price has held up reasonably well.
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As far as general retailers go in 2012, the problems are isolated to JCP. SHLD has been one of the best performers in the S&P 500 and CSCO, WMT and TGT all are putting in solid performances. Here's a comparison chart:

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We're going to finish our post with a link to a video containing the always entertaining Howard Davidowitz who not-so-casually mentions that he predicted JCP's current misfortunes.

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