JCP - J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
-0.0307 (-5.28%)
At close: 4:05PM EDT
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Previous Close0.5815
Bid0.5519 x 900
Ask0.5540 x 2200
Day's Range0.5460 - 0.5947
52 Week Range0.5300 - 2.0500
Avg. Volume8,858,576
Market Cap174.503M
Beta (3Y Monthly)2.58
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-0.8750
Earnings DateNov 13, 2019 - Nov 18, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend Date2012-04-05
1y Target Est0.86
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The cost to protect Target debt in the credit default swaps market for five years declined as much as 4.9 basis points to 26.5 basis points, the biggest drop since 2016, according to data provider CMA.Stable ConsumerA recent survey of shoppers from analysts at Stifel confirms the appeal of Target and its discount brethren. More than eight out of 10 shoppers polled in late July said they plan to shop at Walmart in the next month, up from 71% who said the same two years ago. Target enjoyed a similar rate of increase in so-called shopping intention. More than one-quarter of consumers said they plan to spend more on discretionary items -- stuff they want but don’t necessarily need -- in the coming months, well above the 16% average over the past seven years.“Our data suggests the U.S. consumer remains strong,” Stifel’s Mark Astrachan said in a note. 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