Stocks Views And Recommendations: Target Corporation (TGT), International Paper Company (IP)

Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) shares were trading lower by -1.2 percent ($-0.74) at $61.02 a piece in Tuesday’s session. It had closed the previous session at $61.76. TGT trades with a P/S ratio of 0.48. This is lower than the both industry’s 1.38 and the wider sector’s 2931.35. A low price-to-sales ratio, typically less than 1.0, is considered a good value. Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 14.41 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 12.81. Shares of TGT have uptrended 2.54% in the past three months, while the S&P 500 has moved 0.84% in that time. Target Corporation (TGT) has a market cap of $33.23 billion and over the last 12 months, Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) has gone weaker by -20.48%. During the last 52 weeks, the (NYSE:TGT) price has been as high as $78.37 and as low as $48.56. Target Corporation earnings have risen with an annualized rate of 1.4% over the last 5 years.

Target Corporation (Mean Target Price: $58.39)

The average 1-year price target for Target Corporation (TGT) — averaging the work of different analysts — reveals a mean PT of $58.39/share. That’s a potential -4.31 decrease relative to where Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) has been trading recently. The current price is seen ranging between $60.88 and $61.95. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $43. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $77.

Target Corporation (TGT) Consensus Recommendation

The collective rating of 3 for Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) also leans strongly towards the neutral end of the spectrum. Of the 26 analysts surveyed by Reuters that track TGT 18 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 8, though not evenly; between analysts who think you should buy Target Corporation versus those who think you should sell it. A 4 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while4 believe that investors should either steer clear of TGT or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

Is International Paper Company (NYSE:IP) Cheap From Peers?

International Paper Company (IP) knifed -1.2 percent lower and now trades for $56.63. IP comes in with a P/S ratio of 1.04 that’s greater than 1, potentially implying that it could be expensive relative to the overall sector (3.08) and its peers (1.13). Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 13.2 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 26.16. During the last 52 weeks, the price has been as high as $58.96 and as low as $49.6. International Paper Company (NYSE:IP) earnings have declined with a quarterly rate of -4.1% over the last 5 years. Shares of IP have increased 0.85% in the past three monthswhile the S&P 500 has dropped -4.43% in that time.

International Paper Company (Price Objective: $61.8)

International Paper Company (NYSE:IP) has a market cap of $23.38 billion and over the last 12 months, IP has risen by 5.65%. The average 1-year price target for (IP) reveals an average price target of $61.8 per share. That’s a potential 9.13 gain from where (NYSE:IP) has been trading recently. There are brokerage firms with lower targets than the average, including one setting a price target of $41. And then on the other side of the spectrum one analyst entrenched in the bullish camp has a target as high as $73.

Analyst Thoughts About International Paper Company (NYSE:IP)

The consensus recommendation — averaging the work of 17 analysts — of 2.2 for International Paper Company (IP) points to moderate case. Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track International Paper Company 7 of them rate its stock a hold. The other 10 are split, though not evenly, between analysts who think you should buy its stock versus those who think you should sell it. A 9 analysts rate it as either a buy or a strong buy, while 1 believe that investors should either steer clear of (NYSE:IP) or, if they already own its stock, sell it.

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