The recent Christmas 2017 sales report for J.C.Penney implies that improved sales should be a balm for optimists. I share this feeling, but hesitate to recommend purchasing the stock. Hard times are looming for the company. Very high debt. The company has about $7.5 Billion in total debt. Like Neiman Marcus’ high debt (about $5 Billion); this debt is excessive by any measure. It results in interest expenses which exceed operating income.
Most of the 9 week sales results have been reported for the 2017 Christmas selling season. It shows quite a lot of performance variations. At one end, we see Costco with a 10.4% comparable store gain, Kohl’s comparable store sales increase of 6.9% and Target and J.C.Penney’s gain of 3.4%. On the other hand, there was the disastrous sales decline of -16 to -17% at Sears Holding. The weather was much colder than last year, so winter wear was in strong demand and that helped boost sales.
63 Sam’s Clubs will be closed around the country, reducing the number of clubs from 660 units to 597. 12 of the impacted clubs will be converted to e-commerce fulfillment centers and the balance of the clubs will be closed in the next few weeks. Suddenly management recognizes the transformation of its businesses and the need for a strong fleet of clubs that fit for future growth.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".