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February 26, 2013
12:27 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target sees Q4 EPS at low end of $1.64-$1.74 view
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report Q4 before the market open on Wednesday, February 27, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of $1.48 on revenue of $22.66B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.45-$1.54 on revenue of $21.94B-$23.12B... LAST QUARTER: Target reported Q3 adjusted EPS of 90c against estimates for 79c on revenue of $16.B against estimates for $16.93B. The company forecast Q4 adjusted EPS $1.64-$1.74 and also guided FY adjusted EPS $4.75-$4.85. In early January, Target said it expected that Q4 EPS would meet or somewhat exceed the low end of its prior view. During the quarter, the retailer reported December "essentially flat" same-store sales and said January SSS increased 3.1%. Target hired Jason Goldberger as senior VP of Target.com and Mobile, which Wells Fargo said was a significant developing, signalling Target's increased focus on eCommerce and a willingness to hire outside the organization. RadioShack (RSH) announced the end of its relationship with Target where it helps operate Target Mobile in 1,500 Target stores, effective April 8. Target also said it would price match top online retailers year-round, including Amazon.com (AMZN), Walmart.com (WMT), BestBuy.com (BBY) and Toysrus.com... STREET RESEARCH: Despite the weak holiday season, MKM Partners said it expects Target will report "solid" profits, adding that the pickup in January was "encouraging". The firm expects Target Canada to be accretive in 4Q13 and sees the completion of the sale of Target's credit card portfolio in 1H. Piper Jaffray sees Target reporting Q4 GAAP earnings about $1.48. Cowen recently initiated Target with a Neutral rating... PRICE ACTION: Year-to-date, Target shares are up about 7.5%. In mid-day trading today, ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up almost 1.5%.
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November 20, 2014
07:25 EDTTGTTarget downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI downgraded Target based on balanced risk/reward and notes competition is unlikely to abate. Price target remains $71.
November 19, 2014
17:38 EDTTGTTarget looks 'poised for more gains', Barron's says
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16:31 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:46 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:21 EDTTGTTarget CEO says 'not happy' with Target Canada performance
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11:08 EDTTGTTarget sees Q4 as 'notable infelction point'
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11:08 EDTTGTTarget says November sales so far running above plan, but still early in season
Says saw positive comps in all three months of quarter. Says saw strong start to back to school, back to college season. Says sales slowed entering October, but recovered at the end of the month. Says omnichanel, flexible fulfillment capabilities "key" to long-term success. Says smaller format stores present "exciting" opportunity for company. Says company must continue to find cost savings opportunities in years to come. Says traffic trend has improved in every quarter this year. Confident in plans for upcoming holiday season. Doesn't anticipate share repurchase in Q4. Says "feels good" about current U.S. inventory levels. Expects competitive environment to remain highly promotional this holiday season. Sees Q4 gross margin improving y/y. Says November sales so far running above plan, but still early in season. Sees Q4 U.S. SSS up about 2%. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call. Target shares are up 5.64% to $71.38 in morning trading.
09:16 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget sees FY14 adjusted EPS $3.15-$3.25, consensus $3.19
Full-year 2014 GAAP EPS is expected to be (45) cents below Adjusted EPS, reflecting: Pre-tax early debt retirement losses, recognized in interest expense, of $285 million, or (27) cents per share; Year-to-date net pre-tax data breach expenses of $140 million, or (14) cents per share; Pre-tax impairment losses of $31 million, or (3) cents per share; Pre-tax expense of $13 million, or (1) cent per share, related to Targetís decision to convert existing co-branded cards to MasterCard chip-enabled cards in 2015, and; A (5)-cent per share impact related to the expected reduction of the beneficial interest asset, partially offset by; A benefit of 5 cents per share from the favorable resolution of various income tax matters. GAAP EPS guidance does not include an estimate of future data breach-related expenses, which are not expected to be material in any individual period.
08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q4 adjusted EPS $1.13-$1.23, consensus $1.22
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget reports Q3 U.S. segment SSS up 1.2%
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08:00 EDTTGTTarget reports Q3 adjusted EPS 54c, consensus 47c
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November 18, 2014
15:41 EDTTGTTarget November 67.5 straddle priced for 3.8% move into Q3
15:21 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:08 EDTTGTTarget technical comments ahead of results
The stock in the past three months has outperformed the broader averages, trading up over 14%. Most of that outperformance has been in recent days leading up to earnings. That move broke the shares out of a very narrow trading range that had persisted for two months. With the shares trading close to the 52-week high at $68.28, strong positive news or an upside surprise could propel the stock through that level and to the lifetime high at $73.50. A failure to break through the $70 area, particularly on a negative surprise, could leave the shares vulnerable to a larger than normal correction. On a long-term basis a failure at $70 would be a third attempt up that failed at resistance. Support levels to watch as potential downside objectives would be at $64.65, $61.46, and $59.57. The low of the range prior to the recent breakout was at $54.66, which is the 52-week low.
12:44 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target sees FY14 adjusted EPS view of $3.10-$3.30
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07:53 EDTTGTTarget November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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November 17, 2014
14:21 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up over 17% since last earnings report
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07:42 EDTTGTTarget looks to put massive breach in rear-view one year later, WSJ says
Encouraging signs are appearing for Target as the company looks to put its massive data breach in the rear view mirror about one year later as it reports earnings this Wednesday, said The Wall Street Journal's "The Week Ahead" column. Target shares are near 2014 highs after analysts have recently reported a pickup in foot traffic at its stores, the article noted. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
07:44 EDTTGTTarget November volatility elevated at 29 into Q3 and outlook
Target November call option implied volatility is at 29, December is at 21, January is at 16; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 19.
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