- Reuters/Natalie Behring
JC Penney is staging one heck of a comeback.
After the stock tanked more than 10% in pre-market trading Friday, shares of the retailers have now gone into positive territory.
As of 11:33 a.m. ET, JP Penney was trading up a little over 1% at $7.89 a share.
The company reported disappointing sales Friday morning, generating $2.81 billion, just shy of the projected $2.92 billion. Comparable store sales also declined -0.4% against analyst expectations of a 3.3% increase.
In addition, the retailer slashed its projections for the year. JC Penney cut its outlook for gross margins to an increase of only 0.1% to 0.3% from the original projection of 0.4% to 0.6%.
“While our first quarter sales were below our expectations, we are maintaining our annual comp guidance of 3% to 4% as a result of the positive nature of our recent sales trends, the strength of our Sephora business and our decision to accelerate our appliance rollout,” said CEO Marvin Ellison in a press release accompanying earnings.
On the bright side, the company posted a loss of -$0.22 per share against analyst expectations of -$0.30 a share.
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