The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer-goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics around the investing world. Everyone loves a comeback story, but with investments, the chips are often stacked against the investor. One of the best examples has been J.C. Penney (NYS: JCP) , which, despite earning a vote of confidence from many competent investors, has erased 30% of its market cap so far this year. The main culprit has been its enormous same-store-sales decline. But all of those shoppers haven't just vanished; they've gone to other, better retailers. Watch the following video to learn about who is feasting off J.C. Penney's weakness.
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