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Target (TGT) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

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Target (TGT) closed the most recent trading day at $86.73, moving +1.33% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's 2.12% gain on the day. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 2.13%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 2.64%.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the retailer had lost 0.08% over the past month. This has was narrower than the Retail-Wholesale sector's loss of 2.5% and the S&P 500's loss of 4.4% in that time.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from TGT as it approaches its next earnings report date. This is expected to be November 20, 2018. On that day, TGT is projected to report earnings of $1.10 per share, which would represent year-over-year growth of 20.88%. Our most recent consensus estimate is calling for quarterly revenue of $17.75 billion, up 6.5% from the year-ago period.

For the full year, our Zacks Consensus Estimates are projecting earnings of $5.38 per share and revenue of $75.13 billion, which would represent changes of +14.23% and +4.52%, respectively, from the prior year.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for TGT. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.

Research indicates that these estimate revisions are directly correlated with near-term share price momentum. Investors can capitalize on this by using the Zacks Rank. This model considers these estimate changes and provides a simple, actionable rating system.

Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. Within the past 30 days, our consensus EPS projection remained stagnant. TGT is holding a Zacks Rank of #2 (Buy) right now.

Digging into valuation, TGT currently has a Forward P/E ratio of 15.9. This represents a discount compared to its industry's average Forward P/E of 22.2.

Investors should also note that TGT has a PEG ratio of 2.36 right now. This metric is used similarly to the famous P/E ratio, but the PEG ratio also takes into account the stock's expected earnings growth rate. Retail - Discount Stores stocks are, on average, holding a PEG ratio of 1.71 based on yesterday's closing prices.

The Retail - Discount Stores industry is part of the Retail-Wholesale sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 52, putting it in the top 20% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank includes is listed in order from best to worst in terms of the average Zacks Rank of the individual companies within each of these sectors. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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