Target's fourth-quarter earnings have exceeded analyst forecasts, leading to a substantial jump in the retailer's stock. The guidance provided by Target also surpassed estimates, further boosting investor confidence.

Impressive Financial Performance

  • Shares of Target rose by 8.5% to $163.30 in premarket trading, showcasing strong market response.
  • Fourth-quarter revenue amounted to $31.92 billion, a 1.7% increase attributed to an additional selling week.
  • Compariable sales fell by 4.4%, excluding the additional week, while analysts projected a 4.5% decline.
  • Earnings stood at $2.98 per share, up from $1.89 per share in the previous year's quarter, surpassing analyst expectations.

Positive Outlook

  • Target predicts earnings of $1.70 to $2.10 per share with a 3% to 5% drop in comparable sales in the first quarter.
  • Full-year comparable sales are expected to remain flat to up 2%, with earnings projected to range from $8.60 to $9.60 per share.

Target's solid performance and optimistic guidance reflect its resilience in the market amidst challenging conditions.

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