Target soars 12% after crushing earnings and raising its full-year profit outlook

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  • Target reported third-quarter earnings Wednesday that beat Wall Street expectations. The retailer also raised its full-year profit outlook.
  • Shares soared as much as 12% in early trading on the news. 
  • "Our third quarter results are further proof of the durability of our strategy," Target CEO Brian Cornell said in a release.
  • Watch Target trade live on Markets Insider.

Shares of Target surged as much as 12% in early trading Wednesday after the company reported earnings that exceeded Wall Street's expectations. 

Here's what the company reported versus what analysts surveyed by Bloomberg expected: 

  • Adjusted earnings per share: $1.36 reported, versus $1.19 (expected) 
  • Revenue: $18.67 billion reported, versus $18.22 billion (expected)
  • Comparable sales: +4.5% reported, versus +3.5% (expected)

The company also raised its full-year profit guidance. Target now expects full-year adjusted earnings per share to fall between $6.25 and $6.45 per share, up from its previous guidance of $5.90 to $6.20 per share. Analysts had expected earnings between $6.05 and $6.40 per share. 

"Our third quarter results are further proof of the durability of our strategy, as we're seeing industry-leading strength across multiple metrics, from the top line to the bottom line," Target CEO Brian Cornell said in a press release.

It's also evidence that investments Target has made in updating stores, including opening 25 mini-stores with Disney in October, have paid off. The company also expanded its grocery options this year with the launch of its brand, Good & Gather. And, Target made improvements to its online experience and added same-day shipping through its website.

The earnings beat comes amid disappointing reports from department stores such as Kohl's and JCPenney, which disclosed earnings earlier this week. Target's big-box rival, Walmart, also reported an earnings beat last week, sending shares to a 52-week high

Target is up 82% year to date.

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