FORM 3
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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(Print or Type Responses)
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *
  Murray Jerry J
2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (Month/Day/Year)
10/01/2018
3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
J C PENNEY CO INC [JCP]
(Last)
(First)
(Middle)
6501 LEGACY DRIVE
4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
_____ Director _____ 10% Owner
__X__ Officer (give title below) _____ Other (specify below)
Interim CFO
5. If Amendment, Date Original Filed(Month/Day/Year)
(Street)

PLANO, TX 75024
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing(Check Applicable Line)
_X_ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned
(Instr. 4)
3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Common Stock of 50 cents Par Value 38,768
D
 

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Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(Month/Day/Year)
3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Employee stock option/Right to Buy   (1) 03/02/2026 Common Stock 12,500 $ 10.84 D  
Employee stock option/Right to Buy   (2) 03/05/2027 Common Stock 21,331 $ 5.96 D  

Reporting Owners

Reporting Owner Name / Address Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Murray Jerry J
6501 LEGACY DRIVE
PLANO, TX 75024
      Interim CFO  

Signatures

*** /s/ Salil R. Virkar, attorney in fact 10/10/2018
**Signature of Reporting Person Date

Explanation of Responses:

* If the form is filed by more than one reporting person, see Instruction 5(b)(v).
** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations. See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a).
(1) Represents grant of employee stock options under the Company's 2014 Long-Term Incentive Plan, which vested one-third on each of March 3, 2017 and March 3, 2018 and will vest one-third on March 3, 2019.
(2) Represents grant of employee stock options under the Company's 2016 Long-Term Incentive Plan, which vested one-third on March 6, 2018 and will vest one-third on March 6, 2019 and one-third on March 6, 2020.
 
Remarks:
***Under POA as filed herewith.
Exhibit List: Exhibit No. 24 - Power of Attorney (POA)

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