COST Oct 2019 300.000 put

OPR - OPR Delayed Price. Currency in USD
1.3600
-0.4300 (-24.02%)
At close: 3:59PM EDT
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Previous Close3.9000
Open2.0000
Bid1.4300
Ask1.4600
Strike300.00
Expire Date2019-10-25
Day's Range1.3100 - 2.0000
Contract RangeN/A
Volume160
Open Interest401
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It's also a one-stop shop for various needs, including groceries, health and wellness products, clothing, and electronics. Unlike Walmart, though, Target caters to a more affluent customer. Therefore, Target stock levers an economic cushion similar to Costco Wholesale (NASDAQ:COST).InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsFurthermore, because Target owns a moat, it's able to dictate favorable terms with its suppliers. While other retail companies desperately explore ways to minimize customer impact from the U.S.-China trade war, Target imposes its solution: bluntly, management tells its suppliers to foot the bill. * 10 Hot Stocks Staging Huge Reversals While that might sound like a net negative for TGT stock due to a combative relationship, Target has been doing this for years without recourse, as the charts demonstrate.But before you think Target stock is unstoppable, you might want to consider the retailer's inventory overflow situation. 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After all, I'm fairly certain that all big-box retailers experience these inefficiencies to varying degrees. However, I've never seen anything like what Business Insider recently reported.The magnitude of this problem is such that I believe it can negatively impact Target stock if left unchecked. While most folks consider backroom duty as a lowly job, it's an important one for Target. Without hardworking and competent backroom team members, a store will constantly encounter inaccurate inventory counts. Eventually, that leads to very angry guests, who may take their dollars elsewhere.Plus, let's talk about the obvious: these are large-scale worker's comp cases ready to drop Target stock at a moment's notice. During my Target tenure, I witnessed team member injuries occur in clean backrooms. What we're seeing here is beyond the pale. The Root of the Problem Remains UnresolvedTo be fair, Target responded immediately to the backroom overflow problem. However, responding to a situation doesn't necessarily equate to forwarding an effective solution. Instead, the root cause - cutting overnight and backroom hours - remains unresolved.Indeed, Target's response - sending safety inspectors and demanding changes - may exacerbate the inventory overflow. That's because the team members responsible for the clean up are probably overworked as it is. With headquarters raising wages but cutting hours, the company is forcing out many well-trained employees.And with the craziness that the remaining team members are tasked to resolve, the attrition rate will surely spike. Thus, an effort to cut overhead will negatively affect operational efficiencies and accuracy.Let's also note that the busy holiday shopping season is only a month away. If Target doesn't get their act together quickly, TGT stock is at risk for completely dumb and avoidable reasons.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. 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