Department Stores: J.C. Penney Company (NYSE:JCP), The TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX), Macy’s (NYSE:M), Kohl’s (NYSE:KSS), Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD)

J .C. Penney Company, Inc.(NYSE:JCP) has come a long way since the once-proud retailer traded at a 30-year low and analysts were predicting $2.50 a share.  Sterne Agee’s Charles Grom and team aren’t sure how much further it can go, now that JC Penney has gained 70% since its Feb. 4 low. J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) stock performance was 2.22% in last session and finished the day at $8.74. Traded volume was 16.58million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 18.33million shares. The beta of the stock remained 1.79. J.C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP) insider ownership is 0.50%.

Shares of The TJX Companies (NYSE:TJX) saw a significant increase in short interest in the month of May. As of May 30th, there was short interest totalling 10,541,472 shares, an increase of 25.7% from the May 15th total of 8,386,242 shares, American Banking News reports. Currently, 1.5% of the company’s shares are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 6,906,938 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 1.5 days. The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX) dropped -0.60 percent to $52.82 Thursday on volume of 7.21million shares. The intra-day range of the stock was $51.97 to $53.28. The TJX Companies, Inc. (NYSE:TJX) has a market capitalization of $36.99billion.

Macy’s, Inc. (M), the second-largest department store chain in the US, has used data analytics to elevate its business. It employed an initiative by the name of My Macy’s, which guides its product collection. The company has invested heavily in a workforce of about 1,600 people that researches and evaluates consumers’ preferences. Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M)’s stock on June 26, 2014 reported a increase of 0.12% to the closing price of $58.07. Its fifty two weeks range is $42.18 -$61.26. The total market capitalization recorded $20.93billion. The overall volume in the last trading session was 2.23million shares. In its share capital, M has 360.43million outstanding shares.

TheStreet cut shares of Kohl’s Co. (NYSE:KSS) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report sent to investors on Friday morning. On Thursday, shares of Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) advanced 0.47% to close the day at $53.02. Company return on investment (ROI) is 11.30% and its monthly performance is recorded as -1.03%.  Kohl’s Corporation (NYSE:KSS) quarterly revenue growth is -5.47%.

Sears Holdings (SHLD) has disappointed its shareholders with the spin-off of Land’s End, which was a cash cow for the company. At a time when Sears is reporting huge losses, Lands’ End had saved the day with decent profits. Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) stock performance was -1.85% in last session and finished the day at $38.13. Traded volume was 426,740.00million shares in the last session and the average volume of the stock remained 1.24million shares. The beta of the stock remained 2.49. Sears Holdings Corp (NASDAQ:SHLD) insider ownership is 0.70%.