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August 5, 2014
12:06 EDTTGTTarget slides after cutting Q2 profit view citing breach, discounts
Shares of Target (TGT) are falling after the company pre-announced second quarter profits that were far below its previous guidance. The retailer estimated that the after-effects of its December 2013 data breach cost it $110M in the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Target announced that it now expects its earnings per share in the second quarter, excluding some items, to come in at 78c, versus its previous guidance of 85c-$1.00. Analysts' consensus estimate was 91c. The company expects its comparable sales in the U.S. to be "essentially flat," and it believes the profit margin on its earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amoritzation were lower than expected in Q2. Discounts weighed on the company's margins, as consumers continued to spend cautiously at the company's stores and focus on value, Target reported. Meanwhile, the retailer estimated that its December 2013 data breach cost it $148M in Q2, adding that the expenses would be offset by $38M in insurance payments. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. Wells kept an Outperform rating on the shares. RW Baird calculated that the company has recognized $145M in net data breach costs in total, which the firm also believes is below what many investors had initially feared. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Target dropped $1.74, or 2.9% to $58.95.
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14:39 EDTTGTBacker of Internet sales tax to get powerful Senate post
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December 17, 2014
17:47 EDTTGTTarget names Laysha Ward as chief corporate social responsibility officer
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17:44 EDTTGTTarget names Casey Carl as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer
Target announced that Casey Carl, president, omnichannel and senior vice president, strategy, will assume the role of chief strategy and innovation officer.
December 16, 2014
10:03 EDTTGTTarget initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $85.

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