Kohl's says saw consistent improvement over the quarter Says July SSS up 2%, says strongest part of July was end of month. Says start to back-to-school season "exceptionally strong." Says will likely provide guidance at end of Q3. Says sees no reason to give continual updates through the year, says not deviating from plans. Previous FY EPS guidance was $4.05-$4.45, consensus is $4.26. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
J.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS UBS downgraded its rating on J.C. Penney (JCP) shares to Sell saying the company's 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B is overly optimistic as it assumes years of market share gains against strong competitors like Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS). UBS halved its price target for Penney shares to $5 from $10. The retailer's stock closed Friday down 52c to $7.12.