Target shares dip upon news of portfolio sale delay

Shares of Target stock dropped nearly 2 percent Wednesday morning after the Minneapolis-based retailer reported that it would temporarily delay its efforts to sell the portfolio containing the balances credit card holders owe the company. The Associated Press reports that the company does not expect to sell the portfolio until later this year or early next.
Author:
Updated:
Original:

Shares of Target stock dropped nearly 2 percent Wednesday morning after the Minneapolis-based retailer reported that it would temporarily delay its efforts to sell the portfolio containing the balances credit card holders owe the company. The Associated Press reports that the company does not expect to sell the portfolio until later this year or early next.

Next Up

Related

Target agrees to sell consumer credit card portfolio to TD Bank Group

Toronto-based TD Bank Group will acquire Target's consumer credit card portfolio for nearly $6 billion, according to a company news release. The Minneapolis-based retail giant has also entered into a seven-year agreement under which TD Bank will underwrite, fund and own future Target Credit Card and Target Visa receivables in the U.S.

Rep. Paulsen's bill, stock portfolio intersect

Last week's House passage of H.R. 436, the Health Care Cost Reduction Act, was a victory for Rep. Erik Paulsen, its sponsor. The Minnesota Republican's political success may provide a boost to his investment portfolio, as well, the congressional watchdog site Open Secrets reports. The bill, if passed by the Senate and signed into law, would repeal an excise tax on medical devices. That includes devices sold by two companies that Paulsen owns stock in.

Target's October sales trail expectations

Target Corp. says its same-store sales grew 2.4 percent in October, Forbes reports. Analysts were projecting same-store sales growth of 3.3 percent last month. The Minneapolis-based discount giant's total sales climbed 3 percent to $4.98 billion in October.

Target reports strong quarterly sales, weak April sales

Shoppers spent less than Wall Street estimates expected in April. The Minneapolis-based retailer reports a key sales figure rose 1.1 percent last month. Foot, health and beauty continue to be the strongest categories. First-quarter sales were the strongest in more than six years, up 5.3 percent.

Target CEO Steinhafel nets $6.2 million in stock sale

Target Corp. CEO Gregg Steinhafel made a tidy little sum, almost $6.2 million, last week when he exercised his option to buy 200,000 shares of Target stock at $33.80 per share and sell them for $64.57 per share, according to documents filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Business Journal reports. Steinhafel was exercising shares granted him in 2009, when the stock price was $33.80.