Kohl’s, Manpower, A.O. Smith, Marcus post double-digit gains
News from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

While the broad stock market plodded out of the gate in the first quarter of 2015, shares of some of Wisconsin’s most prominent companies raced ahead.

Department store retailer Kohl’s Corp., staffing firm ManpowerGroup, water technology company A.O. Smith Corp. and theater-and-hotel operator Marcus Corp. were among state-based public companies whose stock prices posted double-digit percentage gains in the first three months of the year.

Shares of Kohl’s jumped 28%, while the common stock of ManpowerGroup climbed 26%. Shares of A.O. Smith and Marcus rose 16% and 15%, respectively. At the same time, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index inched up only 0.4% for the quarter.

In the case of Kohl’s, the company’s shares busted through a general $ 45-to-$ 55 range where they seemed stuck for years, and closed the first quarter of 2015 at more than $ 78.

“Their gears are starting to mesh and the Street has come back to them,” said John Collopy, research director for Oshkosh-based Carl M. Hennig Inc.

Collopy, who tracks Wisconsin stocks, said that Kohl’s — like other retailers — has been helped by lower gas prices that have left consumers with more money to spend. But the Menomonee Falls department store chain set the stage for stock growth with a strong ending to fiscal 2014.

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