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Target (TGT) Gains As Market Dips: What You Should Know

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Target (TGT - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $75.98, moving +0.05% from the previous trading session. The stock outpaced the S&P 500's daily loss of 0.45%. At the same time, the Dow lost 0.25%, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq lost 0.5%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the retailer had lost 6.68% over the past month. This has lagged the Retail-Wholesale sector's gain of 4.73% and the S&P 500's gain of 2.62% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from TGT as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be May 22, 2019. On that day, TGT is projected to report earnings of $1.42 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 7.58%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $17.54 billion, up 4.52% from the year-ago period.

TGT's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $5.81 per share and revenue of $77.91 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +7.79% and +3.4%, respectively.

Investors might also notice recent changes to analyst estimates for TGT. These revisions help to show the ever-changing nature of near-term business trends. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.

Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. The Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has moved 0.22% higher within the past month. TGT is currently sporting a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy).

Investors should also note TGT's current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 13.08. This valuation marks a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 20.81.

Also, we should mention that TGT has a PEG ratio of 2.08. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. TGT's industry had an average PEG ratio of 1.99 as of yesterday's close.

The Retail - Discount Stores industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 84, putting it in the top 33% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our 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.

You can find more information on all of these metrics, and much more, on Zacks.com.


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