4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Target


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, retail giant Target (NYS: TGT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Target's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Target facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Minneapolis (1902)

Market Cap

$32 billion


General merchandise stores

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$67.7 billion


Chairman/CEO Gregg Steinhafel
CFO Douglas Scovanner

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$1.45 billion / $15.78 billion

Dividend Yield



Amazon.com (NAS: AMZN)
Costco (NAS: COST)
Wal-Mart (NYS: WMT)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 91% of the 2,518 members who have rated Target believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include cdoooc and All-Star JPresbrown, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Late last month, cdoooc tapped Target at a solid income opportunity:

Financials rival WMT with an increasing dividend. Stores are more customer friendly / cleaner than WMT. Generics business will drive their pharmacy revenues. A no brainer.

Currently, Target even trades at a cheapish price-to-cash flow of 6.5. That represents a discount to rivals Amazon (27.9), Costco (10.9), and Wal-Mart (7.2).

CAPS All-Star JPresbrown elaborates on the Target bull case:

This is an excellent long-term performer with a multi-decade record of dividend increases selling at the bottom of its 52-week range, for just 12x earnings and a PEG (PE to growth) ratio of just 1.0. This stock has been underperforming the market badly recently but once this year's economic growth scare fades away and we start to build toward the seasonally strong fourth quarter you'll be glad you tucked this ... stock away in your portfolio.

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