Wed. Nov 20th, 2019

Target’s stock surges toward record high after profit and sales beats, raised guidance

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Shares of Target Corp.

TGT, -0.45%

shot up 7.8% toward a record high in premarket trading Wednesday, after the discount retail giant reported fiscal second-quarter earnings and sales that beat expectations, and raised its full-year profit outlook. Net income for the quarter to Aug. 3 rose to $938 million, or $1.82 a share, from $799 million, or $1.49 a share, in the year-ago period. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted earnings per share of $1.82 was above the FactSet consensus of $1.62. Total revenue grew 3.6% to $18.42 billion, topping the FactSet consensus of $18.29 billion, as digital channel sales grew 34%. Same-store sales rose 3.4%, beating the FactSet consensus of 3.0% growth, as traffic increased 2.4%. Looking ahead, Target expects third-quarter same-store sales growth of 3.4%, above the FactSet consensus for a 2.9% rise. The fiscal 2019 adjusted EPS guidance range was lifted to $5.90 to $6.20 from $5.75 to $6.05. The stock has rallied 29.4% year to date through Tuesday, while the SPDR S&P Retail ETF

XRT, -0.95%

has lost 5.5% and the S&P 500

SPX, -0.79%

has hiked up 15.7%.

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