Target income missed the target after delivery lower than expected profit for the second quarter of 2022.
As of the opening of trading on August 17, 2022, Target stock has been hovering around $174 per share. That’s more than a price of about $149 per share at the close of trading a month ago, July 18, 2022.
If you had invested $1,000 a year ago, you would have lost money since then. According to CNBC calculations, on August 16, 2022, your investment would be worth only about $694. The target stock traded at approximately $180 per share at market close on August 16, 2022.
However, if you had invested $1,000 five years ago, the value of your investment would have increased by a little over 200% and would be worth approximately $3,417 as of August 16, 2022.
If you had given your $1,000 a decade to grow, you would now have about $3,170 on August 16, 2022.
Amid shifting consumer spending patterns, the big-box retailer warned in June that earnings could take a hit in the near term as it cancels orders and cuts prices to clear excess inventory.
“We are starting to see some deflationary pressures as some retailers, like Target, are stuck with excess inventory due to supply chain delays, seasonal mismatches and changing consumer preferences,” said Ted Rossman, senior industry analyst at Bankrate.
The company forecasts revenue growth and profit margins are expected to recover in the second half of the year, as it creates space for products that customers are looking for, such as home and school supplies.
This is a big change from a few years ago. During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, Target’s sales grew more than $15 billion in 2020, fueled by a surge in online sales and use of its curbside pick-up service. That is more growth in one year than the retailer has experienced in the past decade.
If you are interested in investing in Target or any other company, remember: Given the unpredictability of the stock market, you should not try to use a stock’s past performance to predict how well it will perform in the future.
For most investors, a passive investment strategy makes sense over selecting individual stocks. Try investing in an index fund like the S&P 500, which tracks the stock performance of 500 major US companies.
While the S&P 500 has contracted 4.36% from last year, the index has grown 73.59% over the past five years and is up 202.67% over the past ten years.
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