Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Target

(

TGT

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Target as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • TGT has more that 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 8.39 mentions/day.
  • TGT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $353.8 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on TGT:

Target Corporation operates as a general merchandise retailer in the United States and Canada. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.1%. TGT has a PE ratio of 16. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Target a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Recommends

The average volume for Target has been 5.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Target has a market cap of $44.6 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 0.62 and a short float of 6.2% with 8.35 days to cover. Shares are up 1.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Target as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Multiline Retail industry. The net income increased by 56.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $351.00 million to $549.00 million.
  • TGT's revenue growth trails the industry average of 16.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.1%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.96, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 81.15% to $971.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 39.76%.

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