News articles about Target (NYSE:TGT) have been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern identifies positive and negative media coverage by reviewing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Target earned a news sentiment score of 0.13 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned media coverage about the retailer an impact score of 46.5441566803406 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next several days.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Target opened at $76.63 on Wednesday, MarketBeat reports. The company has a quick ratio of 0.18, a current ratio of 0.90 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.18. Target has a 12 month low of $50.04 and a 12 month high of $79.59. The stock has a market capitalization of $40.58 billion, a P/E ratio of 16.27, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.41 and a beta of 0.72.

Target (NYSE:TGT) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 23rd. The retailer reported $1.32 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.38 by ($0.06). Target had a net margin of 4.09% and a return on equity of 23.34%. The business had revenue of $16.78 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $16.58 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $1.21 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 3.4% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts forecast that Target will post 5.28 earnings per share for the current year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 10th. Investors of record on Wednesday, August 15th will be issued a $0.64 dividend. This is an increase from Target’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.62. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 14th. This represents a $2.56 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.34%. Target’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 52.65%.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on TGT. MKM Partners set a $91.00 price target on Target and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, June 29th. ValuEngine raised shares of Target from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday. Credit Suisse Group set a $86.00 price objective on shares of Target and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, May 14th. Susquehanna Bancshares reissued a “positive” rating and set a $84.00 price objective on shares of Target in a report on Thursday, June 7th. Finally, Vetr raised shares of Target from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $80.00 price objective for the company in a report on Wednesday, March 21st. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $75.47.

In other Target news, insider Don H. Liu sold 2,735 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $75.00, for a total value of $205,125.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 62,210 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $4,665,750. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Laysha Ward sold 43,926 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $79.33, for a total transaction of $3,484,649.58. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 90,460 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,176,191.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 51,813 shares of company stock valued at $4,076,175. 0.19% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Target Company Profile

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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