Target (TGT) Upgraded to “Buy” at ValuEngine

ValuEngine upgraded shares of Target (NYSE:TGT) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note released on Monday morning.

Other equities research analysts have also recently issued research reports about the company. Vetr cut Target from a hold rating to a sell rating and set a $73.66 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. Robert W. Baird upgraded Target from a neutral rating to an outperform rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $75.00 to $85.00 in a research note on Wednesday, February 14th. Credit Suisse Group started coverage on Target in a research note on Monday, March 5th. They set a buy rating and a $86.00 price objective on the stock. Citigroup reiterated a neutral rating and set a $80.00 price objective (down previously from $86.00) on shares of Target in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Finally, Telsey Advisory Group dropped their price objective on Target from $83.00 to $80.00 and set a market perform rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, March 7th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating, eight have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Target currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average target price of $74.37.

Target opened at $72.90 on Monday, Marketbeat.com reports. Target has a twelve month low of $70.74 and a twelve month high of $73.13. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.97, a current ratio of 0.95 and a quick ratio of 0.30. The company has a market cap of $37.65 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 15.48, a PEG ratio of 2.96 and a beta of 0.71.

Target (NYSE:TGT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, March 6th. The retailer reported $1.37 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.39 by ($0.02). Target had a return on equity of 23.04% and a net margin of 4.08%. The firm had revenue of $22.77 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $22.56 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.45 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 10.0% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts forecast that Target will post 5.29 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Sunday, June 10th. Investors of record on Wednesday, May 16th will be paid a $0.62 dividend. This represents a $2.48 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.40%. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 15th. Target’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 52.65%.

In related news, insider John J. Mulligan sold 118,373 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, April 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.37, for a total value of $8,211,535.01. Following the sale, the insider now owns 195,906 shares in the company, valued at approximately $13,589,999.22. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 0.19% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Lee Financial Co increased its position in Target by 168.7% during the 1st quarter. Lee Financial Co now owns 1,435 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $100,000 after buying an additional 901 shares during the period. Westside Investment Management Inc. increased its position in Target by 128.6% during the 4th quarter. Westside Investment Management Inc. now owns 1,600 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $107,000 after buying an additional 900 shares during the period. Signaturefd LLC bought a new position in Target during the 1st quarter worth $112,000. Security Asset Management bought a new position in Target during the 4th quarter worth $115,000. Finally, First Mercantile Trust Co. bought a new position in Target during the 4th quarter worth $124,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.98% of the company’s stock.

About Target

Target Corporation operates as a general merchandise retailer in the United States. The company offers beauty and household essentials, including beauty products, personal and baby care products, cleaning products, paper products, and pet supplies; food and beverage products, such as dry grocery, dairy, frozen food, beverage, candy, snacks, deli, bakery, meat, and produce products; and apparel for women, men, boys, girls, toddlers, infants, and newborns, as well as intimate apparel, jewelry, accessories, and shoes.

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