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Target (TGT) Outpaces Stock Market Gains: What You Should Know
Target (TGT - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $167.03, moving +1.72% from the previous trading session. The stock outpaced the S&P 500's daily gain of 1.1%. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 0.61%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 6.59%.
Prior to today's trading, shares of the retailer had gained 12.63% over the past month. This has outpaced the Retail-Wholesale sector's gain of 8.83% and the S&P 500's gain of 4.58% in that time.
Target will be looking to display strength as it nears its next earnings release. In that report, analysts expect Target to post earnings of $1.40 per share. This would mark a year-over-year decline of 56.11%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $30.69 billion, down 1% from the year-ago period.
For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $5.53 per share and revenue of $108.41 billion, which would represent changes of -59.22% and +2.27%, respectively, from the prior year.
Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for Target. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. With this in mind, we can consider positive estimate revisions a sign of optimism about the company's business outlook.
Our research shows that these estimate changes are directly correlated with near-term stock prices. To benefit from this, we have developed the Zacks Rank, a proprietary model which takes these estimate changes into account and provides an actionable rating system.
The Zacks Rank system ranges from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell). It has a remarkable, outside-audited track record of success, with #1 stocks delivering an average annual return of +25% since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.1% lower within the past month. Target is currently a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
In terms of valuation, Target is currently trading at a Forward P/E ratio of 29.68. This valuation marks a premium compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 27.97.
It is also worth noting that TGT currently has a PEG ratio of 3.01. The PEG ratio is similar to the widely-used P/E ratio, but this metric also takes the company's expected earnings growth rate into account. Retail - Discount Stores stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 2.59 based on yesterday's closing prices.
The Retail - Discount Stores industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 161, putting it in the bottom 37% of all 250+ industries.
The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our individual industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.
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