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How to buy Target Corporation stock

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Target Corporation is a discount stores business based in the US. Target Corporation shares (TGT) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Target Corporation employs 368,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$84.7 billion.

How to buy shares in Target Corporation

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Target Corporation Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: TGT. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. 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 purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Target Corporation, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Target Corporation. Optimize 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.

Target Corporation share price

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Target Corporation shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-09-25.
52-week rangeUSD$90.17 - USD$156.1
50-day moving average USD$145.8723
200-day moving average USD$121.6054
Wall St. target priceUSD$160.25
PE ratio 21.8538
Dividend yield USD$2.72 (1.79%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$6.919

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Is it a good time to buy Target Corporation stock?

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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 22x. In other words, Target Corporation shares trade at around 22x 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 2.525. 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 USD$7.9 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 USD$84.7 billion
Operating margin TTM 6.24%
Gross profit TTM USD$23.2 billion
Return on assets TTM 7.37%
Return on equity TTM 28.78%
Profit margin 4.16%
Book value $25.143
Market capitalisation USD$76.3 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Target Corporation shares

There are currently 8.2 million Target Corporation shares held short by investors – that's known as Target Corporation's "short interest". This figure is 7.9% down from 8.9 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 5.9 million). Target Corporation's SIR currently stands at 1.39. In other words for every 100,000 Target Corporation shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1390 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 0.0163% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Target Corporation shares, roughly 16 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: 19.85

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Target Corporation's overall score of 19.85 (as at 08/01/2020) is excellent – landing it in it in the 14th 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: 11.61/100

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

Target Corporation was last rated for ESG on: 2020-08-01.

Total ESG score 19.85
Total ESG percentile 14.08
Environmental score 8.51
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 13.73
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 11.61
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 3

Target Corporation share dividends

38%

Dividend payout ratio: 38.21% of net profits

Recently Target Corporation has paid out, on average, around 38.21% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 1.79% 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 1.79% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Target Corporation's case, that would currently equate to about $2.72 per share.

While Target Corporation's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Target Corporation may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Target Corporation's most recent dividend payout was on 10 September 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 17 November 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Have Target Corporation's shares ever split?

Target Corporation's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 20 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 $90.17 up to $156.1. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

TGT.US volatility(beta: 0.87)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

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 0.8724. This would suggest that Target Corporation's shares are less volatile than average (for this exchange).

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, and other merchandise; beauty and household essentials; The company also provides in-store amenities, such as Target Café, Target Optical, Starbucks, and other food service offerings. It sells its products through its stores; and digital channels, including Target.com. As of March 25, 2020, the company operated approximately 1,900 stores. Target Corporation was founded in 1902 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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