J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) recently received a letter stating that it had breached a covenant regarding a small portion of a $2.8 billion debt -- which, if true, could cause the company to be forced to pay the entire $2.8 billion this year. In the video below, however, Motley Fool consumer goods analyst Blake Bos tells investors that you can often see these types of allegations with companies that are undervalued with a lot of stock sold short, and that based on the market's reaction to the news, it may not be nearly as serious as it sounds.

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