Target Dips on Murky SSS Outlook

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NEW YORK – Target Corp.’s shares fell to a 52-week low at one point on Tuesday after the discount retailer trimmed its same-store sales expectations for the current month.

Target said the comparable-store sales for July are likely to finish up between 3 and 4 percent, slightly below the 4 to 6 percent increase earlier forecast.

Shares bottomed out at $44.70 during intraday trading, their low-water mark during the past 12 months, but later rose to finish the New York Stock Exchange session at $45.53, down $2.02 or 4.25%.

Also on Tuesday, A.G. Edwards analyst Bob Buchanan downgraded Target, J.C. Penney and Abercrombie & Fitch to “hold” from “buy,” but based the move on historic inventory turnover trends rather than the same-store sales guidance provided by Target late Monday.

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