J.C. Penney (NYSE:JCP) has attracted another high-profile investor to its roster of major shareholders. Billionaire George Soros has disclosed ownership of a sizable block of shares in the company, according to a filing his Soros Fund Management submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

According to the filing, Soros now holds nearly 17.4 million shares in the struggling retailer, or 7.9% of the company.

The move is a typically contrarian play for the veteran financier. J.C. Penney stock has lost more than half its value over the past year and is down by 23% so far in 2013.

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