By  on August 21, 2014

Bon-Ton Stores Inc. led fashion stocks higher today, jumping 12.8 percent to $10.21 despite posting net losses for the second quarter.

The beleaguered department store chain, however, saw comparable-store sales rise 1.6 percent for the three months and outgoing president and chief executive officer Brendan Hoffman said the company was well positioned for fall. The company is now looking for diluted earnings per share of 25 cents to 55 cents for the full year, ahead of the 17 cents analysts had penciled in.

Bon-Ton was far and away the strongest issue in the 100-stock WWD Global Stock Tracker, which gained 0.4 percent to 100.33. The measure of stock performance launched at 100 on July 8.

The weakest stock in the tracker was Sears Holding Corp., which fell 6.8 percent to $33.50. The company’s second-quarter loss widened to $573 million, marking its ninth-consecutive quarter with red ink.

CEO Edward S. Lampert is trying to reinvent the troubled chain with a member-centric model focued on the Shop Your Way program.

Global stocks were mostly moving higher today. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.4 percent to 17,039.49 in New York, while the FTSE MIB rose 2.1 percent to 20,010.51 in Milan and the Nikkei 225 increased 0.9 percent to 15,586.20 in Tokyo.

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