Like rival Wal-Mart, it's pointing the finger elsewhere for its problems while other retailers are coping just fine.
Both the incorrigibly unhampered DJIA and broader S&P 500 have been rocketing to record highs.
TJ Max, Saks and seven others report earnings, some following multi-year stock highs.
In the battle for cost-conscious consumers, it's looking more attractive to Wall Street than giant competitor Wal-Mart.
Alpha Natural is downgraded to 'sell,' and Michael Kors is initiated with an 'outperform.'
Lennar is upgraded to 'overweight,' and Yum Brands is downgraded to 'underperform.'
Based on yield and value, these stocks rank as the market's current best.
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