Poll: Can J.C. Penney and Sears become profitable again? Both companies reported bruising losses for the quarter. Sears had losses of $5.03 a share. Penney reported losses of $2.11. Vote your thoughts below in the daily Hot Stock Minute poll. But first, watch show host Lauren Lyster ask Yahoo Finance Senior Columnist Mike Santoli about the matter. The pair also talk about the drop in weekly jobless claims.