This top retailer has been hit hard this year and could offer investors a solid entry point. Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) also came in near the top of the discount sweepstakes for 2015. Some analysts expect that average 2015 discounts offered to customers at the retailer will be 59.7%. In addition, Kohl’s will offer the highest percentage discount in the highest price points of any of the retailers surveyed. Those price points are $500 and up.
Kohl’s also recently announced that they have unveiled eight days of amazing Cyber Week deals and spectacular savings on Kohls.com. Beginning Saturday, November 28 through Saturday, December 5, customers shopping Kohl’s digitally will discover deep online savings on top holiday gifts, a new flash sale each day and digital shopping tools that offer an easier and faster shopping experience.
Kohl’s shareholders receive a very solid 3.77% dividend. The consensus price target is $53.43. The stock closed most recently at $47.13.
Target is the only true “big-box store to show up on the Deutsche Bank winners card. Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) has increased the focus on online sales, which currently totals right about 3% of total sales. While that number looks low in comparison to some, the huge sales volume of the store tempers the overall numbers. The company actually reported that it website was down due to very heavy Cyber Monday traffic.
Target shut down all its Canadian locations back in May, putting about 17,600 employees out of work. While difficult, it closes a very unprofitable and ill-fated chapter, and it helps Target to move forward on concentrate on the very profitable U.S. business.
With solid third-quarter earnings, many Wall Street firms raised estimates as it appears some of Target’s strength is coming at the expense of the company’s big-box competitor Wal-Mart. With low fuel prices and job growth, consumer purchasing should continue to grow. Plus, down sharply from highs printed in the summer, the stock may be an outstanding buy at current levels.
Target investors receive a solid 3.09% dividend. The consensus price target is $82.62, and shares closed on Monday at $72.50.
While these four companies look to have had solid Black Friday sales, it is still a race right up until Christmas, which falls on a Friday this year. A good start though can make all the difference, and these four appear to be off and running.