Target Corp (TGT): Today's Featured Retail Winner

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Target ( TGT) pushed the Retail industry higher today making it today's featured retail winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Target rose $1.06 (1.7%) to $62.44 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 8.9 million shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $61.14-$62.98 after having opened the day at $62.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.38. Other companies within the Retail industry that increased today were: E-Commerce China Dangdang ( DANG), up 13.9%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), up 7.1%, Hot Topic ( HOTT), up 5.7%, and Destination Maternity ( DEST), up 5.4%.
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Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $40.66 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Target a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Children's Place Retail Stores ( PLCE), down 14.2%, Christopher & Banks Corporation ( CBK), down 8.8%, Alon Holdings Blue Square - Israel ( BSI), down 8%, and Coastal Contacts ( COA), down 6.8%, were all laggards within the retail industry with Wal-Mart Stores ( WMT) being today's retail industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the retail industry could consider SPDR S&P Retail ETF ( XRT) while those bearish on the retail industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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