Target Corp (TGT): Today's Featured Services Laggard

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Target ( TGT) pushed the Services sector lower today making it today's featured Services laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Target fell $2.86 (-4.0%) to $68.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 16,171,834 shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,505,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $67.58-$69.70 after having opened the day at $69.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.26. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: YY ( YY), down 16.4%, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), down 15.7%, Gaiam Inc. Class A ( GAIA), down 14.8% and Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), down 11.6%.
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Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $45.3 billion and is part of the retail industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 20.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Target a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Zale Corporation ( ZLC), down 22.2%, Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), down 16.7%, Central European Media ( CETV), down 16.3% and Saks Incorporated ( SKS), down 13.4%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the services sector could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Services ( IYC) while those bearish on the services sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Consumer Sers ( SCC).

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