Expect JC Penney ‘Train Wreck’: Pro

JC Penney's competitors stand to see strong gains as retailers report quarterly earnings next week, Tom Stemberg of the Highland Consumer Fund said Friday.

Stemberg said that the retail sector in general was facing challenges.

"Certainly weather was a problem in the first quarter, but I think the problems transcend the weather," he said. "I think the fact of the matter is people are paying more for taxes. And as they have more money coming out of their pocketbook, it's got to come from somewhere, and retail spending is part of that."

On CNBC's "Fast Money," Stemberg said that high-end retail would see an uphill struggle.

"The great performers will work their way through this," he added. "I think JC Penney will be a train wreck."

Stemberg, who was formerly CEO of Staples, said that JC Penney's competitors would see increased market share.

"When you have somebody like JC Penney, who's basically handing over hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue, throwing it back in the marketplace, in the near-term their direct competitors like Kohl's and Macy's will probably pick up some disproportionate revenues," he said.

Other retailers that would benefit included Wal-Mart and Nordstrom, Stemberg added.

"Long-term, I think you've got to like people that are well-positioned."

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