Is J.C. Penney on the way back? Some investors seem to think so.
J.C. Penney ( shares finished up 11.6% Friday following news late Thursday that hedge fund mogul ) George Soros has taken a large stake in the retailer, and a report from CNBC Friday afternoon that Goldman Sachs has secured $1.75 billion in financing for the company.
Earlier this month, the troubled retailer announced that CEO Ron Johnson was leaving after just a year and a half.
Johnson, a former Apple ( executive, had instituted ambitious changes at J.C. Penney stores in an attempt to remake the brand. Sales plummeted during his tenure, sinking 28% in the fourth quarter from a year earlier. )
J.C. Penney tapped Mike Ullman, Johnson's predecessor as CEO, to take the reins once more. The company has since consulted with investment firm Blackstone ( in an attempt to raise up to $1 billion and remain solvent. )