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

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Target ( TGT) pushed the Retail industry lower today making it today's featured Retail laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Target fell $2.30 (-3.5%) to $64.19 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 16,309,337 shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,196,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.49-$64.92 after having opened the day at $64.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.49. Other companies within the Retail industry that declined today were: Liquidity Service ( LQDT), down 18.7%, Stein Mart ( SMRT), down 8.2%, GameStop ( GME), down 6.9% and Dollar Tree Stores ( DLTR), down 4.5%.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $42.1 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Target a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 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, 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, Bon-Ton Stores ( BONT), up 23.0%, Vitacost.com ( VITC), up 7.8%, Williams-Sonoma ( WSM), up 7.6% and Cache ( CACH), up 6.4% , were all gainers within the retail industry with Amazon.com ( AMZN) being today's featured retail industry leader.

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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