Media stories about Target (NYSE:TGT) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies negative and positive press coverage by monitoring more than 20 million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Target earned a coverage optimism score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave press coverage about the retailer an impact score of 46.1856471495808 out of 100, meaning that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s scoring:

Target (TGT) traded down $0.26 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $64.88. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,369,686 shares, compared to its average volume of 7,331,592. The company has a current ratio of 0.96, a quick ratio of 0.27 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.01. The firm has a market cap of $35,440.00, a P/E ratio of 13.63, a PEG ratio of 8.08 and a beta of 0.64. Target has a 12-month low of $48.56 and a 12-month high of $74.24.

Target (NYSE:TGT) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 15th. The retailer reported $0.91 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.86 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $16.67 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $16.61 billion. Target had a return on equity of 24.09% and a net margin of 3.80%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $1.04 EPS. research analysts forecast that Target will post 4.54 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. TheStreet raised shares of Target from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a report on Thursday, September 28th. Sanford C. Bernstein set a $65.00 price target on shares of Target and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Vetr downgraded shares of Target from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $66.59 price target for the company. in a report on Monday, December 18th. Stifel Nicolaus set a $60.00 price target on shares of Target and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, MKM Partners set a $77.00 price target on shares of Target and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Target currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $62.44.

In other Target news, Director Roxanne S. Austin sold 4,705 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $62.61, for a total transaction of $294,580.05. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. 0.20% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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About Target

Target Corporation (Target) is a general merchandise retailer selling products through its stores and digital channels. Its general merchandise stores offer an edited food assortment, including perishables, dry grocery, dairy and frozen items. Its digital channels include a range of general merchandise, including a range of items found in its stores, along with an assortment, such as additional sizes and colors sold only online.

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