Department store stocks (M, SKS, SHLD, KSS, DDS) are trading lower in the wake of the divorce of...

|By:, SA News Editor

Department store stocks (M, SKS, SHLD, KSS, DDS) are trading lower in the wake of the divorce of Ron Johnson from J.C. Penney and a report on retail chain store sales that leaned to the soft side. It's a move that some analysts see as slightly curious with the weather-related delay to the spring selling season only a temporary bump and with J.C. Penney seemingly a punch or two away from a knockout that could bleed some sales to peers.