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JC Penney's competitors stand to see gains, Tom Stemberg of the Highland Consumer Fund says.
Stocks finished modestly higher Friday with major indexes posting their third week in positive territory and the Dow and S&P 500 closing at new record highs.
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Cooler than usual weather is taking a bite out of retail sales in the Northeast. The situation could impact first quarter margins – when retailers report quarterly earnings.
Is the worst finally over for beleaguered department store JC Penney?
As unfortunate as events may be for JCPenney, they may in fact be extremely fortuitous for rivals.
Facing sharp declines in sales and a plunging stock price, JC Penney's newly re-appointed CEO Mike Ullman must stabilize the struggling retailer's sales while modifying its strategy for winning over customers, analysts said.
Some times big ideas are just too big to work. That's what happened when the brilliant hedge fund manager tried to remake JC Penney.
JC Penney's board made the "right choice" in bringing back Mike Ullman as CEO to try to save the company, but "I worry," Jim Cramer said Tuesday, a day after the ouster of Ron Johnson.
The struggling department store chain is poised to open the first of its new home goods boutiques, a launch that Johnson himself has called "pivotal" to his efforts to revive Penney.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
Despite economic headwinds and uncertainty in Washington, US consumers are rocketing ahead, leading analysts to revisit their GDP forecasts for the first quarter.
Stocks finished higher Thursday, with the Dow posting fresh all-time highs for the third-straight day, following an upbeat weekly jobless claims report and ahead of the widely-watched monthly government jobs data.
Despite poor weather and consumer spending headwinds, retail same-store sales gained momentum as February progressed. Still, one analyst sees a challenging environment.
After a difficult January, when shoppers first felt the effect of a payroll tax hike that lowered take-home pay by 2 percent, some retailers got a little relief in February from growing employment and a rising stock market.
Stocks eased off their best levels but eked out a gain on the final trading day of February, with the Dow within striking distance of a new all-time closing high and the S&P 500 logging its fourth-consecutive month of gains.
Gap's latest quarterly report topped forecasts. The mall clothing chain also raised its dividend by 20%.
CNBC's Courtney Reagan reports on JC Penney, Kohl's and Sears since the retailers reported earnings.
U.S. stock index futures struggled to hold gains Thursday, as investors digested a tepid GDP report against better-than-expected jobless claims news.