Kohl's upgraded to Outperform at Baird
As reported ealrier, Baird upgraded Kohl's (KSS) to Outperform from Neutral and increased its price target to $47 from $46. Analyst Mark Altschwager said Kohl's improving product portfolio and strong loyalty position the company for the holiday season, while cost savings and inventory reductions provide free-cash-flow visibility near-term. The analyst notes most of Kohl's stores are in strip/freestanding locations that provide close and convenient physcial locations enabling omni-channel experiences that ecommerce models and mall based retailers can't offer, illustrated by Amazon's (AMZN) partnership with Kohl's. Additionally, Altschwager expects Q3 comp pressures to abate Q4 and for traffic/comps to stabilize.