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Target Corporation (TGT) is a leading discount stores business with stocks listed in the US. It opened the day at US$207.28 after a previous close of US$206.63. During the day the price has varied from a low of USD203.64 to a high of USD207.61. The latest price was USD205.13 (25 minute delay). Target Corporation is listed on the NYSE. All prices are listed in US Dollars.
How to buy shares in Target Corporation
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- Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and tax file number. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
- Search for Target Corporation. Find the share by name or ticker symbol: TGT. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
- Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Target Corporation reaches your desired price. To spread out your risk, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
- Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimise risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Target Corporation, depending on your broker.
- Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Target Corporation. Optimise your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
What's in this guide?
- Target Corporation key stats
- Compare share trading platforms
- Is Target Corporation stock a buy or sell?
- Target Corporation performance over time
- Can I short Target Corporation shares?
- Is Target Corporation suitable for ethical investing?
- Are Target Corporation shares over-valued?
- Target Corporation's financials
- How volatile are Target Corporation shares?
- Does Target Corporation pay a dividend?
- Have Target Corporation shares ever split?
- Other common questions
Target Corporation share priceUse our graph to track the performance of TGT stocks over time.
Target Corporation shares at a glance
|52-week range||US$98.717 - US$206.35|
|50-day moving average||US$189.8877|
|200-day moving average||US$178.3226|
|Dividend yield||US$2.68 (1.3%)|
|Earnings per share (TTM)||US$8.64|
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Is it a good time to buy Target Corporation stock?
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Target Corporation price performance over time
|1 month (2021-03-22)||9.09%|
Is Target Corporation under- or over-valued?
Valuing Target Corporation stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Target Corporation's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.
Target Corporation's P/E ratio
Target Corporation's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 24x. In other words, Target Corporation shares trade at around 24x recent earnings.
That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.
Target Corporation's PEG ratio
Target Corporation's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 3.2333. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.
The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Target Corporation's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.
Target Corporation's EBITDA
Target Corporation's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is US$9.1 billion (£6.6 billion).
The EBITDA is a measure of a Target Corporation's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.
Target Corporation financials
|Revenue TTM||US$93.6 billion|
|Operating margin TTM||7.06%|
|Gross profit TTM||US$27.4 billion|
|Return on assets TTM||8.79%|
|Return on equity TTM||33.25%|
|Market capitalisation||US$104.2 billion|
TTM: trailing 12 months
Shorting Target Corporation shares
There are currently 8.8 million Target Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Target Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 34.2% up from 6.6 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Target Corporation shares can be evaluated.
Target Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Target Corporation's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Target Corporation shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Target Corporation shares traded daily (recently around 4.9 million). Target Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.79. In other words for every 100,000 Target Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1790 shares are currently held short.
However Target Corporation's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Target Corporation shares, or, against the total number of tradable Target Corporation shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Target Corporation's short interest could be expressed as 0.02% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Target Corporation shares in existence, roughly 20 shares are currently held short) or 0.0177% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Target Corporation shares, roughly 18 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Target Corporation.
Find out more about how you can short Target Corporation stock.
Target Corporation's environmental, social and governance track record
Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Target Corporation.
When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.
Target Corporation's total ESG risk score
Total ESG risk: 18.87
Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Target Corporation's overall score of 18.87 (as at 12/31/2018) is excellent – landing it in it in the 13rd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.
ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Target Corporation is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).
Target Corporation's environmental score
Environmental score: 8.51/100
Target Corporation's environmental score of 8.51 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Target Corporation is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Target Corporation's social score
Social score: 13.73/100
Target Corporation's social score of 13.73 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Target Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.
Target Corporation's governance score
Governance score: 10.63/100
Target Corporation's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Target Corporation is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.
Target Corporation's controversy score
Controversy score: 3/5
ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Target Corporation scored a 3 out of 5 for controversy – a middle-of-the-table result reflecting that Target Corporation hasn't always managed to keep its nose clean.
Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary
|Total ESG score||18.87|
|Total ESG percentile||12.98|
|Environmental score percentile||7|
|Social score percentile||7|
|Governance score percentile||7|
|Level of controversy||3|
Target Corporation share dividends
Dividend payout ratio: 23.22% of net profits
Recently Target Corporation has paid out, on average, around 23.22% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.32% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Target Corporation shareholders could enjoy a 1.32% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Target Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.68 per share.
While Target Corporation's payout ratio might seem low, this can signify that Target Corporation is investing more in its future growth.
Target Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 9 June 2021. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 May 2021 (the "ex-dividend date").
Have Target Corporation's shares ever split?
Target Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 19 July 2000. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Target Corporation shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Target Corporation shares which in turn could have impacted Target Corporation's share price.
Target Corporation share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Target Corporation's shares have ranged in value from as little as US$98.717 up to US$206.35. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Target Corporation's is 1.0143. This would suggest that Target Corporation's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Target Corporation overview
Target Corporation operates as a general merchandise retailer in the United States. The company offers food assortments, including perishables, dry grocery, dairy, and frozen items; apparel, accessories, home décor products, electronics, toys, seasonal offerings, food, and other merchandise; and beauty and household essentials. It also provides in-store amenities, such as Target Café, Target Optical, Starbucks, and other food service offerings. The company sells its products through its stores; and digital channels, including Target.com. As of January 30, 2021, the company operated approximately 1,897 stores. Target Corporation was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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