The Buckingham Research Reiterates "Buy" Rating for Target Corp. (TGT)

Target's sales rise while price cuts take toll on profits

In other news, Director Anne M. Mulcahy sold 3,957 shares of the company's stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 17th. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $64.06. Total sales during the period ended October 28, increased 1.4% to $16.7 billion and benefitted from the addition of smaller stores as Target ended the quarter with 44 stores measuring less than 50,000 square feet compared to 22 at the end of the third quarter the prior year. 6,608,700 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 7,166,543. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.98, a quick ratio of 0.26 and a current ratio of 0.91. The firm has a market capitalization of $33,538.63, a PE ratio of 12.45, a P/E/G ratio of 2.90 and a beta of 0.63.

Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, August 16th. Guidance for earnings per share in the range of $1.05 to $1.25 is well below last year's fourth quarter EPS of $1.46 as the company continues to invest in labor and price while absorbing greater costs related to fulfillment during what is expected to be the most digital Christmas ever.

Target Corp. had a return on equity of 25.18% and a net margin of 4.75%. The business had revenue of $16.44 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $16.30 billion.

"While we expect the fourth-quarter environment to be highly competitive, we are very confident in our holiday season plans", he said.

Target Corp. posted higher quarterly sales but profits fell and the retailer gave a disappointing earnings outlook for the holiday period, as the big-box chain spends heavily to revamp stores, lower prices and raise wages.

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Receive Target Corporation News & Ratings Via Email - Enter your email address below to receive a concise daily summary of the latest news and analysts' ratings for Target Corporation with MarketBeat.com's FREE daily email newsletter. The stock was sold at an average price of $75.45, for a total transaction of $298,555.65. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Davidson Investment Advisors increased its position in shares of Target Corporation by 18.5% during the 1st quarter. During the same period previous year, the firm posted $0.86 earnings per share. Gamble Jones Investment Counsel boosted its holdings in shares of Target Corporation by 0.4% in the 2nd quarter. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. now owns 115,107 shares of the retailer's stock worth $8,314,000 after buying an additional 4,261 shares during the last quarter. The institutional investor owned 9,738,657 shares of the retailer's stock after acquiring an additional 682,253 shares during the period. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 2,072 shares of the retailer's stock valued at $117,000 after purchasing an additional 399 shares during the period. Finally, Jolley Asset Management LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Target Corporation by 2.2% in the 2nd quarter.

Shares of Target Corp. were down more than 5 percent, or $3.19 to $56.90 in pre-market trading.

Other analysts have also issued reports about the company.

The Company sells a range of general merchandise and food through its store and digital channels.

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