Target Surpasses Earnings Estimates, But Stock Price Dips

The shares of Target are down by roughly 3% today despite the company reporting better-than-expected second-quarter earnings.

Target Reports Excellent Q2 Earnings

Target, a leading retailer in the United States, reported its second-quarter earnings earlier today. The company’s earnings surpassed analysts’ estimation, but its stock continues to trade in the red zone.

According to the retail giant, the earnings per share in Q2 was $3.64, surpassing the $3.49 Refinitiv consensus. Furthermore, the revenue of $25.16 billion also surpassed the $25.08 predicted by leading Wall Street analysts.

Target’s net income rose from $1.7 billion, or $3.35 per share in the same quarter last year, to currently stand at $1.82 billion, or $3.65 per share. Furthermore, the revenue went up by 9.5% to $25.16 billion from the same period last year.

The company’s profits were twice that of 2019, with Target struggling prior to the pandemic. CEO Brian Cornell revealed that the increase in sales is down to the pandemic easing and parents resuming work while their children prepared for school. He added that parents purchased backpacks, lunchboxes and school uniforms ahead of the new school year. The CEO added that college students were amongst the top spenders in the last quarter.

Target expects to see its comparable sales increase in the coming quarter. The comparable sales are a crucial metric that tracks sales online and at stores open for at least 12 months. The retailer said comparable sales should increase by high single digits in the second half of 2021.

Target’s Stock Price Down By 2.79% Today, Performs Excellently YTD

The shares of Target are down by 2.79% today despite the company reporting better-than-expected Q2 earnings. Currently, the stock is trading at $254 per share. Despite the decline in price over the past few hours, Target has performed excellently year-to-date.

TGT stock chart. Source: FXEMPIRE

TGT began 2021 trading at $174 per share. However, it has rallied by over 40% in the past few months and now trades at $254 per share, making it one of the best-performing stocks in the United States.