Target’s Bullseye: Stock Soars 18% On Earnings Beat

Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) recently experienced a surge in its stock price, climbing 18% after the release of its third-quarter earnings report. The company reported a 36% year-on-year increase in net income to $971 million, equating to $2.10 per share—well above market expectations. Despite this, revenue declined by 4.2% to $25.4 billion, driven by a 4.9% drop in comparable store sales, reflective of ongoing challenges in discretionary spending. 

The positive aspects of Target’s performance include a notable improvement in operating income margin to 5.2%, up from 3.9% a year earlier. This was attributed to disciplined inventory and expense management. Target’s strategic focus on cost control, highlighted by a 14% reduction in inventory levels and a 19% decrease in discretionary category inventory, has positively impacted its profitability. 

Technical Analysis 

From a technical perspective, the weekly chart shows that Target’s stock has broken above a descending channel pattern on significant volume, indicating potential short-term bullish momentum. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is increasing sharply, also suggesting strengthening buying interest. However, the stock is trading below key moving averages, such as the 50-SMA (blue line), 100-SMA orange line), and 200-SMA (red line), indicating the presence of a longer-term bearish trend. 

In the coming days, a short-term bullish scenario could unfold if the stock maintains its upward momentum. Resistance levels at $137.95, $151.80, and $165.00 may become achievable. Conversely, sustained bearish pressure could drive the stock towards the $121.79 support level, and a break below this may expose the $103.25 support level. 


Target’s recent earnings triggered an 18% surge, yet the stock remains down 14% year-to-date. With support at $121.79, a bullish trend towards $137.95 could continue, possibly reaching $151.80 and $165.00.  

However, if support fails, expect a bearish move towards $103.25. The technical indicators suggest bullish momentum, yet caution is warranted given the mixed fundamental outlook.  

Sources: TradingView, Target, Zacks, Reuters, MT Newswire, PR Newswire, Seeking Alpha, BusinessLive. 

Piece written by Mfanafuthi Mhlongo, Trive Financial Market Analyst 

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