Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, retail giant Target (NYSE: TGT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Target's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Target facts

Founded (founded) Minneapolis (1902)
Market Cap $38.5 billion
Industry General merchandise stores
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $70.8 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Gregg Steinhafel
CFO John Mulligan
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 18.6%
Cash/Debt $690.0 million / $17.5 billion
Dividend Yield 2.5%
Competitors Costco Wholesale
Kmart
Wal-Mart Stores

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 91% of the 2,625 members who have rated Target believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just this past weekend, one of those bulls, colinator0924, listed several of Target's positives for our community:

Low prices, one stop shopping: groceries, clothing, banking, pharmacy, electronics, etc. ... Less stigma moving into smaller cities than larger stores (ie Walmart), discounted real estate, ability to enter long term leases at discounted rates increases operating income. Good valuation, solid company.

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