|Bid||85.76 x 800|
|Ask||0.00 x 900|
|Day's Range||85.56 - 87.25|
|52 Week Range||60.15 - 90.39|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||0.85|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||14.99|
|Earnings Date||Aug 21, 2019|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||2.64 (3.04%)|
|1y Target Est||88.20|
Two big names in their respective industries top analyst projections, while Target sets its sights on a monster rival.
Target Corp. late Tuesday announced its first-ever "Target Deal Days," scheduled for July 15 and 16, to build upon the success of last year's one-day sales event. Amazon.com Inc. had announced earlier Tuesday its Prime Day event will fall on the same dates, stretching over two days for the first time. Target's event will include "rarely-on-sale, exclusive home, apparel and toy brands" as well as discounts and new deals each day, the company said in a press release. Target's One-Day Sale last year was one of the company's biggest online sales day, the retailer said. Shares of Target and Amazon were flat in the extended session after ending the regular trading day down 1.2% and 1.9%.
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Target (TGT) posted impressive comps in the past several quarters, which drove its top line. On average, the company's comps have increased more than 4.7% in the past six quarters.
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Well like Target (TGT) there are other prominent retailers that are riding on the wave of favorable consumer environment and strategic endeavors.
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(Bloomberg Opinion) -- FedEx Corp. may finally be waking up to the threat Amazon.com Inc. poses to its business model.The logistics company is offering big discounts to help fill the planes in its Express delivery network with more e-commerce shipments, according to the Wall Street Journal, which cited people familiar with the matter. The deals are being used to woo customers away from rival United Parcel Service Inc., or to convince them to switch from FedEx’s cheaper ground offerings, the newspaper said, citing people familiar with the matter. For some customers, shipping goods via FedEx’s two-day air service may now cost about the same as shipping them through the ground division.(1)A FedEx spokeswoman told the Wall Street Journal that the company hasn't changed its pricing strategy, adding that the two-day Express service “has been very successful and continues to deliver tremendous value to small and medium businesses competing in the e-commerce market.” Reports of the discounts come just weeks after FedEx said its domestic Express air-delivery unit was dropping Amazon as a customer to focus on "serving the broader e-commerce market." FedEx dropped Amazon as a customer for its Express air-delivery unit to focus on “serving the broader e-commerce market.” The charitable interpretation of that move is that FedEx had found a bit of backbone and was holding a firmer line on pricing with Amazon in an effort to bolster its profit margins. The other possibility is that FedEx recognized that Amazon’s efforts to bring more of its logistics operations in house were real, and that it may want to start the process of breaking up with Amazon before Amazon decides to break up with it. While FedEx CEO Fred Smith has repeatedly painted any notion of Amazon disrupting the logistics industry as “fantastical,” his actions increasingly suggest otherwise. The share of capacity devoted to the time-sensitive legal documents and medical supplies that the FedEx Express network was originally built for will likely continue to shrink. But it’s uneconomical for the division’s fleet – which numbered 670 leased and owned planes at the end of 2018 – to fly partially full or not at all. Meanwhile, FedEx expects U.S. e-commerce demand to grow to 100 million packages per day by 2026. It’s been adamant that Amazon only directly accounts for a small percentage of its overall sales. But Amazon has forever changed the world’s expectations around shopping and delivery. So whether or not its own sales are in the mix, FedEx will be forced to drink more deeply from the firehose of e-commerce shipments to keep its network humming along. And that will come at a cost to margins.FedEx’s decision to prioritize shipments from the likes of Walmart Inc., Target Corp. and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. gave some analysts hope that it would deliver a greater share of packages to higher-paying business customers and add more density to its delivery routes. But there’s some debate as to whether the Express air-delivery unit as currently constituted still makes sense. Amazon relies on a network of fulfillment and sorting centers close to metropolitan areas to rapidly complete and ship orders, a model that many rival retailers are mimicking in some shape or form as they try to stay competitive. If you’re only going to deliver a package 25 or 50 miles, you’re not going to use a plane to do that. Indeed, when FedEx’s decision to drop Amazon as a U.S. Express customer was first announced, Seaport Global Holdings analyst Kevin Sterling wondered to Bloomberg News whether it was a precursor to the Express unit eventually fading out.Planes still have a role to play: Amazon last week announced an agreement to lease 15 additional Boeing Co. 737-800 converted freighters from General Electric Co.’s jet-lessor arm, adding to an existing agreement for five planes. But FedEx’s reported need to offer discounts to keep the planes it has full calls into question the company’s decision to devote a significant amount of its capital expenditure budget to refreshing its airplane fleet. Management has been clear it’s not expanding capacity at the Express unit, but rather replacing its planes with more efficient options to improve productivity and costs. Downsizing the fleet and reallocating those resources could be a smarter move. The reported pricing cuts – coupled with FedEx’s recently announced plan to offer delivery seven days a week by 2020 and add a fleet of flexible, part-time drivers – reinforce a point both I and my colleague Shira Ovide have long argued: Amazon doesn’t need to steal customers away from FedEx and UPS en masse to be a threat. It’s already forcing both companies to rethink the way they operate. The revenue lost from removing Amazon as an Express customer is relatively minor, but the world the e-commerce giant has created isn’t a hospitable one for the package-delivery incumbents’ profit margins and capital-spending budgets. (1) News of the discounts weighed on shares Monday, as did a separate shipping issue: FedExhad to issue a second apology to Huawei Technologies over the misrouting of packages, and some reports indicate China is contemplating black-listing it.To contact the author of this story: Brooke Sutherland at firstname.lastname@example.orgTo contact the editor responsible for this story: Beth Williams at email@example.comThis column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board or Bloomberg LP and its owners.Brooke Sutherland is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist covering deals and industrial companies. She previously wrote an M&A column for Bloomberg News.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com/opinion©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
Target (TGT) has taken steps that have improved prospects in a big way. The company's initiatives such as omni-channel capacities and emphasis on flexible format stores bode well.
With consumers stepping up purchases and strategic endeavors undertaken at the company level, the sector seems to be on solid footing.
Target (TGT) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.
The supermarket chain continues to trail industry peers in the race to satisfy consumers' multichannel shopping desires.
No matter where you look recently, the concept of stocks to buy in any industry looks risky. For years, poor and worsening relations between the U.S. and China have dominated media headlines. That situation does not appear to have an imminent solution. But several other factors are now weighing on domestic markets.First, the Trump administration threatened tariffs on imported goods on Mexico unless they helped control Central American migration. The two sides reached an agreement, but the underlying relationship is icy. Second, India has hit the U.S. with retaliatory tariffs due to the latter kicking out the former from its preferential-trade program. Finally, an inverting yield curve threatens the markets, including even viable blue-chip stocks.Again, from all angles, this environment looks like an absolute mess. Invariably, if these headwinds come to roost at once, we would face substantial volatility. Still, I'm confident in the longer-term case for blue-chip stocks to buy. No matter how bad the economy gets, companies must still get business done.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Stocks to Buy That Wall Street Expects to Soar for the Rest of 2019 Therefore, I think it pays to pick relevant, "big-ticket" names for your portfolio. Should the worst happen, they'll likely ride the storm better. If not, even better: a rising tide lifts all boats. With that in mind, here are seven blue-chip stocks to buy now: AT&T (T)Source: Shutterstock Let's face facts: giant blue-chip stocks to buy are simply not in vogue anymore. Markets now place more emphasis on nimble organizations that can react to business changes. That's a good quality, particularly if a recession occurs. I still think some wiggle room exists if your name is AT&T (NYSE:T).Is T stock a perfect play? No. I understand the many criticisms that focus on AT&T's massive debt load. At just under $164 billion on the latest read, it's like the gross domestic product of a small nation. I also hear rumblings about its massive and so far disappointing deals, such as DirecTV. Finally, AT&T is hardly what you call a great growth opportunity.Those are all fair points. But it's also important to note that almost every business-related innovation of tomorrow will require 5G technology. With geopolitical tensions with our greatest adversaries in China and Russia, leading in 5G is absolutely critical. Like it or not, this simple fact benefits T stock, and I'm willing to roll with the punches. International Business Machines (IBM)Source: Shutterstock One of the aforementioned innovations that will benefit from the 5G rollout is the cloud; specifically, the mobile-cloud segment. Prior-generation mobile technologies lacked the connectivity speeds to make mobile-cloud apps anything but rudimentary. But once 5G becomes the new standard in wireless internet, it opens up the door for innovators like International Business Machines (NYSE:IBM).I concede that among blue-chip stocks to buy, Big Blue doesn't typically generate excitement. After a strong start to this year, pensive trading has characterized the last few months. Stakeholders of IBM stock are left to wonder if the company's old version is coming back to bite them.Certainly, I sympathize with the hesitation. However, I think it's important to understand that at its core, IBM stock represents viable, big-ticket synergies. IBM is one of the top cloud providers, but it's more than that. The company leads in multiple high-value technologies, such as deep learning, artificial intelligence, and automation.What has set back IBM stock in the past is a lack of cohesion in bringing these synergies together. But key acquisitions, such as the recent Red Hat deal, offers a new vision. Essentially, IBM is laying the groundwork for a comprehensive and scalable solution for cloud applications. We're really talking about IBM 2.0, but the market doesn't realize it yet. Therefore, this is easily one of the stocks to buy right now. ConocoPhillips (COP)Source: Shutterstock So much has changed over the past few decades. One huge development I noticed was in the parking lot of my local Target (NYSE:TGT) store. I noticed rows and rows of Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) electric vehicles all waiting to park in a designated area. Initial confusion led to a quick realization: they're waiting their turn to "gas" up.Given the EV revolution, it's hard to imagine spending too much investor dollars on oil giants like ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP). Although COP stock benefits not just from automotive use, demand is demand. Back when EVs were not a thing, oil companies could play fast and loose with their pricing: at the end of the day, we could complain but what good would it do?Now that consumers have alternatives to fossil-fueled cars, it seems blue chips that are levered to traditional energy markets are going to plummet. However, EVs have their own quirks and inefficiencies that obviously don't make it to the dealership brochure. Plus, let's think about what would happen if EV owners had their way.Imagine if millions of EV owners across America decided to charge up their cars in the dead of summer: we're talking wide-scale brownouts and blackouts. And are we likely to upgrade our infrastructure to accommodate EVs? That's why you should still take a look at COP stock. Southern Co (SO)Source: Shutterstock Speaking of energy-related blue-chip stocks to buy, concerned investors should take a look at Southern Co (NYSE:SO). Logically, if we do have a comprehensive EV revolution, investments like SO stock could jump far higher than they already have.I want to point out that I'm not a fossil-fuel snob. Admittedly, it's a little weird when I see a car silently streak from a standstill to 60 miles per hour. And the cars from the green Formula E racing series sounds like a dog whistle…if I were a dog. But EVs are better for the environment and I get all that jazz.But folks, energy is energy, which requires conversion of a static element to a kinetic force. That process necessarily impacts the environment, but it's something that we all put up with to power our digital lifestyles.For sure, an underlying political factor exists. At some point in the future, fossil-fuel energy may go by the wayside. However, utility firms like Southern Co will very likely be always relevant. They represent an essential cog of our digitalization gear, which is why I like SO stock. Toyota (TM)Source: Shutterstock It's not a perfect comparison, but it's a good starting point for a discussion. On a year-to-date basis, Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM) -- an automotive titan among blue-chip stocks to buy -- is up into double-digit territory, albeit slightly. Tesla, however, is staring at a staggering loss of nearly 30%.Of course, TM stock is winning bigly against TSLA, which is supposed to represent the best of American automotive engineering. I don't think this is a fluke. While the two companies differ in their choice of catalysts, they still have the same headwinds. For example, millennials don't really care for car ownership. Second, geopolitical tensions and trade-related conflicts impose significant pain. Thus, one is doing okay while the other is floundering under the same circumstances.Furthermore, after recently looking into the details of EV ownership, I've come to this conclusion: pure EVs are rich people's toys. They're quirky, lose significant capacity under temperature extremes, and for Tesla, they're not very reliable. That really hurts because EVs, with fewer moving parts, should be inherently more reliable than internal-combustion powered vehicles.Now let's consider the implications for TM stock. For decades, Toyota has garnered worldwide accolade for reliability. In fact, many of their cars are what I would call stupid-reliable. Plus, Toyota has the luxury Lexus brand that appeals to the snob.So while autos generally aren't a great play, TM is one of the stocks to buy for the long haul. Boeing (BA)Source: Phillip Capper via FlickrIf you're judging Boeing (NYSE:BA) strictly on the headlines, it's almost impossible not to have serious doubts. When the first fatal accident involving a Boeing 737 Max occurred, the company enjoyed the benefit of the doubt. As a result, BA stock experienced a relatively quick recovery from the Lion Air incident.But when a 737 Max operated by Ethiopian Airlines tumbled out of the sky, we had a horrific pattern. With mounting evidence against Boeing, BA stock had nowhere to go but down. Understandably, shares still haven't recovered from its bearish trajectory because the optics remain terrible. For instance, Boeing's CEO recently admitted mistakes in communicating the company's onboard-safety system that's at the center of the debate.Sadly, that's just the human-tragedy element of this story. BA stock also faces a competitive threat from Airbus (OTCMKTS:EADSY). Airbus offers very similar products with one obvious advantage: their planes don't kill people.Yet I'd still put Boeing on my list of blue-chip stocks to buy. Of course, this is a riskier contrarian play. However, because the airplane-manufacturing industry is so massive, airliners can't just willy-nilly switch producers. Basically, they have to suck it up, which like it or not benefits BA. Aflac (AFL)Source: Shutterstock I've been around the block long enough to know that the best laid plans don't always go your way. That's the primary catalyst driving stocks to buy in the insurance industry. The biggest one on most people's minds is health insurance. But contrary to common assumptions, just having basic medical coverage won't protect you from financial catastrophe. That's where Aflac (NYSE:AFL) comes in.You probably know Aflac from their comical commercials featuring the talking duck. But AFL stock and its underlying entity does serious business, specializing in supplemental insurance. Their website gives a great explanation of one of their products, demonstrating that a broken leg averages costs over $7,100. Traditional health insurance may only cover 60% of that care, leaving you on the hook for nearly $2,900.For most families, they may not have that money laying around to pay off this unexpected bill. Aflac's supplemental coverage, though, would cover most of that cost, leaving only a minor net out-of-pocket expense.The best part about AFL stock is that it's not just about accident coverage; instead, Aflac offers solutions for multiple segments, including critical illnesses and short-term disabilities.And with the labor market having improved significantly over the years, people may want to protect what they've earned. That's why you shouldn't overlook Aflac when considering blue-chip stocks to buy.As of this writing, Josh Enomoto is long T stock. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 10 Stocks to Buy That Wall Street Expects to Soar for the Rest of 2019 * 7 Value Stocks That Are Flying Under the Radar * 6 Mouth-Watering Fast Food Stocks for Growth Investors Compare Brokers The post 7 Blue-Chip Stocks to Buy for a Noisy Market appeared first on InvestorPlace.
For all the headlines it caused, the two-day outage at Target (NYSE:TGT) checkouts barely registered with investors.Source: Mike Mozart via Flickr (Modified)All told, TGT stock lost about 1.5% in the past two days, after thousands of people abandoned their shopping carts and just walked out of stores over the weekend.The cash register outage came just a month after stellar earnings sent the stock shooting upward, from barely $70 per share on May 16 to nearly $90 per share a month later. The company in May said same-store sales grew 4.8% on 4.3% comparable traffic growth for the three months ending in April.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSince then, Target has gone from strength to strength. It raised the dividend slightly, re-launched its in-house media company as Roundel, and announced same-day delivery through Shipt, a grocery delivery service acquired in 2017. Macro vs. Micro for TargetUnlike the massive 2013 data breach that eventually cost CEO Gregg Steinhafel his job in 2016, the two-hour outage on June 14 was seen as a problem caused by regular maintenance. A second, smaller problem processing credit cards on Father's Day was blamed on vendor NCR (NYSE:NCR). * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half Rather than attack Target as negligent, most analysts chose to focus on how any company could be hit by such problems, given how dependent they are on giant, interconnected computing systems. There was a sigh of relief that no Target customer data was lost.Target's strategy under current CEO Brian Cornell has been to match its larger rivals in technology but differentiate itself with smaller stores inside urban centers, something Walmart (NYSE:WMT) abandoned earlier in the decade.While the fallout from the tech outage is likely to be brief, Target shares will be hit by general market turbulence. Consider that the Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) business conditions index is forecasting a recession ahead.A spike in jobless claims and a bad employment report for May are far more likely to impact Target shares or rivals like Walmart and Kroger (NYSE:KR) than the weekend's problems. Wait for ItIn general, conditions at stores like Target, once called "discount" stores, have been improving. Sales for May are up 3.2% year-over-year. While shopping malls continue to dwindle, stand-alone discounters like Target continue to rack up gains.Historians will note that Target itself emerged from the now-defunct Dayton-Hudson department store chain. The remaining stores rebranded as Marshall Field's and became part of what's now Macy's (NYSE:M) in 2005.Target, meanwhile, has been called Walmart's primary competitor. Even though the Arkansas-based chain is more than seven times its size, Target is more profitable. It brought $3 billion out of $75 billion in sales last year to the net income line. Compare that to $6 billion on $514 billion for Walmart. Despite this, and a dividend yielding 3.1% after its latest raise, Target currently sells for just 15 times trailing earnings. That's less than half Walmart's figure. Both are worth about 60 cents for each dollar of sales. The Bottom Line on TGT StockThe macro news is bound to overwhelm the micro news in the short term. Target's glitch is being treated as just that and, sadly, isn't a buying opportunity.If the economy doesn't collapse, Target under CEO Brian Cornell is in good shape, and a bargain for investors seeking income. If there is a recession, Target is well-positioned to get through it, but you might want to wait to see how deep the current fear goes before jumping in.Dana Blankenhorn is a financial and technology journalist. He is the author of a new environmental story, Bridget O'Flynn and the Bear , available now at the Amazon Kindle store. Write him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @danablankenhorn. As of this writing he owned shares in AMZN. More From InvestorPlace * 4 Top American Penny Pot Stocks (Buy Before June 21) * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half * 7 Hot Stocks to Buy for a Seemingly Sleepy Summer * 6 Chip Stocks Staring At Big Headwinds in 2019 Compare Brokers The post The Target Stock Dip Was Barely a Blip appeared first on InvestorPlace.
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Ignoring the market jitters and speculations, a few stocks have managed to score 10% or more in a month. So, picking up stocks from the space will be a prudent move.