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Why J. C. Penney (JCP) Stock Might be a Great Pick


One stock that might be an intriguing choice for investors right now is J. C. Penney Company, Inc. JCP. This is because this security in the Retail – Regional Departmental Stores space is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is in great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.

This is important because, often times, a rising tide will lift all boats in an industry, as there can be broad trends taking place in a segment that are boosting securities across the board. This is arguably taking place in the Retail – Regional Departmental Stores space as it currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 7 out of more than 250 industries, suggesting it is well-positioned from this perspective, especially when compared to other segments out there.

Meanwhile, J. C. Penney is actually looking pretty good on its own too. The firm has seen solid earnings estimate revision activity over the past month, suggesting analysts are becoming a bit more bullish on the firm’s prospects in both the short and long term.

PENNEY (JC) INC Price and Consensus

PENNEY (JC) INC Price and Consensus | PENNEY (JC) INC Quote

In fact, over the past two months, while current quarter estimates have remained flat at a loss of 19 cents per share, current year estimates have risen from 11 cents per share to 16 cents per share. This has helped JCP to earn a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), further underscoring the company’s solid position. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

So, if you are looking for a decent pick in a strong industry, consider J. C. Penney. Not only is its industry currently in the top third, but it is seeing solid estimate revisions as of late, suggesting it could be a very interesting choice for investors seeking a name in this great industry segment.

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