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

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Target ( TGT) pushed the Services sector higher today making it today's featured services winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Target rose $0.63 (1.1%) to $57.14 on average volume. Throughout the day, 8,148,505 shares of Target exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,160,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.55-$57.38 after having opened the day at $56.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.51. Other companies within the Services sector that increased today were: Mecox Lane ( MCOX), up 16.6%, CAI International ( CAP), up 14.7%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 14.0% and comScore ( SCOR), up 11.5%.

Target Corporation operates general merchandise stores in the United States. Target has a market cap of $35.6 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 10.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Target a buy, 3 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 revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Infoblox ( BLOX), down 48.1%, Insperity ( NSP), down 14.1%, Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 10.4% and YOU On Demand Holdings ( YOD), down 9.8% , were all laggards within the services sector with Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) being today's services sector laggard.

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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