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Benzinga  Aug 31  Comment 
Joel Elconin is the co-host of Benzinga's #PreMarket Prep, a daily trading idea radio show. J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) shares were trading higher by $0.26 (2.6 percent) at $9.20 in Monday's session. The catalyst for the rally is an...
TheStreet.com  Aug 31  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of J.C. Penney are up 3.25% on Monday after analysts at Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to buy from hold.  Earlier this month, the company reported a top and bottom line earnings beat, and CEO Marvin Ellison...
TheStreet.com  Aug 31  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- J.C. Penney  shares are advancing by 2.54% to $8.94 in Monday's pre-market trading session, after analysts at Deutsche Bank upgraded the retailer to "buy" from "hold" and raised their price target to $12 from $10 this...
Benzinga  Aug 31  Comment 
BioLife Solutions Inc (NASDAQ: BLFS) gained 65.66 percent to $3.28 in pre-market trading as the company reported that its customer's TiGenix Phase 3 clinical trial has met primary endpoint. Vital Therapies Inc (NASDAQ: VTL) shares jumped 22.58...
Benzinga  Aug 31  Comment 
Shares of J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP) rose 10.64 percent through the week of August 24. Analyst Paul Trussell of Deutsche Bank upgraded the company from Hold to Buy, while raising the price target from $10 to $12. Expressing...
Benzinga  Aug 27  Comment 
Investors should take a closer look at J C Penney Company Inc (NYSE: JCP)'s bonds as they can generate "equity-type" returns, at least according to Mary Ross Gilbert of Imperial Capital. In a note published Thursday, Gilbert argued that JC...
Yahoo  Aug 26  Comment 
The decision follows an inquiry by New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman's office into the legality of on-call shifts at 13 retailers, including Gap, Target Corp (TGT.N), JC Penney Co Inc (JCP.N), Abercrombie & Fitch Co (ANF.N) and TJX...




 

J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) is a leading department store retailer of apparel, accessories and home furnishings. They produce their own private brands in addition to selling products from other companies.

The company has faced changing consumer tastes in the past years--consumer traffic is being drawn to Wal-Mart (WMT) and Target (TGT) at the expense of department stores such as J.C. Penney and Macy's Inc. (M). In addition, J.C. Penney relies heavily on private labels[1] Although private label products--in order to appeal to as many customers as possible--are not unique enough to compel fashion-conscious consumers to purchase them, they are still a viable option for customers who do not follow trends. JCP also faces lower profit margins in the due to rising commodity costs which will increase its clothing costs.

Business Overview

The company divides its merchandise into several categories which include: men's, women's and children's apparel, accessories and cosmetics; home furnishings; leisure and recreational equipment; jewelry and watches.[2]


Business Growth

Trends and Forces

Private Brands Not Unique Enough to Differentiate from Cheaper Alternatives

Private label brands are produced exclusively for a particular store. For example, J.C. Penney has a number of private label brands including Arizona Jeans Co. and Stafford.[3] Retailers such as Macy's and J.C. Penney find private labels very attractive because the pieces often have higher margins than branded merchandise from other companies. However, the economic crisis of 2008-2009 has made people more reluctant to spend. When consumers have less money to spend, they will be more inclined to spend it on something that excites them. Private label brands, in an effort to appeal to as many consumers as possible, are less likely to spur a person to buy them when disposable income is already scarce.[4] Also, the proliferation of discount retailers such as Wal-Mart, Target and Kohl's (some with their own exclusive brands) means that consumers can trade down to another store if they can no longer afford prices at J.C. Penney. Private label merchandise, by its nature, is not differentiated enough to keep fashion-conscious consumers purchasing them in lieu of lower-priced alternatives.

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Competition

J.C. Penney's main competition is mid-tier department stores such as Macy's Inc. (M) and Kohl's (KSS).

  • Macy's Inc. (M) has a higher price point than J.C. Penney and sells more exclusive brands. Although both companies produce private labels, they make less of a contribution to Macy's total sales than they do J.C. Penney. [5] [6]
  • Kohl's (KSS) is slightly smaller than J.C. Penney, both in terms of sales and locations Kohl's also operates at a slightly lower price point. Kohl's position as a discount retailer makes it more attractive for recession-stricken consumers who are looking to save money. Although it has fewer locations than J.C. Penney the fact the company sells its goods online means it is not at a large disadvantage to the larger retailer in terms of accessibility.[7]


News

  • On July 27, 2011 marketing chief Mike Boylson retired after 32 years working with JCP and 8 years serving in his former position. This will be first time Ron Johnson, who was appointed chief executive of JCP in November 2010, makes a senior-level appointment.[8]

References

  1. JC Penny 2009 10-k p.22
  2. JCP 2008 Annual Report pg. 2  
  3. JCP 2008 Annual Report pg. 2  
  4. Alexandria Sage. ANALYSIS - Private label eclipsed by brands in US retail slump.
  5. M 2009 Annual Report  
  6. JC Penny 2009 10-k p.22
  7. Discount Retailers Thriving in Recession.
  8. [1]
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