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 0.1%. By the end of trading, Target fell $1.15 (-1.6%) to $70.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5,154,914 shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,159,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $69.95-$70.83 after having opened the day at $70.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.19. Other companies within the Services sector that declined today were: China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 24.8%, Mecox Lane ( MCOX), down 24.0%, QKL Stores ( QKLS), down 20.6% and VirtualScopics ( VSCP), down 19.4%.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $45.4 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are up 20.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Target a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Target as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Liberty Media Corporation Class A ( LMCA), up 29.7%, Pointer Telocation ( PNTR), up 18.4%, Food Technology Service ( VIFL), up 17.8% and InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 16.1% , were all gainers within the services sector with Marriott International ( MAR) being today's featured services sector leader.

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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