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Target Corp  (NYSE:TGT) Shares Outstanding (EOP): 520 Mil (As of Apr. 2019)

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. Target Corp's shares outstanding for the quarter that ended in Apr. 2019 was 520 Mil.

Target Corp's quarterly shares outstanding declined from Jan. 2019 (522 Mil) to Apr. 2019 (520 Mil). It means Target Corp bought back shares from Jan. 2019 to Apr. 2019 .

Target Corp's annual shares outstanding declined from Jan. 2018 (542 Mil) to Jan. 2019 (522 Mil). It means Target Corp bought back shares from Jan. 2018 to Jan. 2019 .


Historical Data

* All numbers are in millions except for per share data and ratio. All numbers are in their local exchange's currency.

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Target Corp Annual Data

Jan10 Jan11 Jan12 Jan13 Jan14 Jan15 Jan16 Jan17 Jan18 Jan19
Shares Outstanding (EOP) Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 640.21 602.23 556.16 541.68 521.83

Target Corp Quarterly Data

Jul14 Oct14 Jan15 Apr15 Jul15 Oct15 Jan16 Apr16 Jul16 Oct16 Jan17 Apr17 Jul17 Oct17 Jan18 Apr18 Jul18 Oct18 Jan19 Apr19
Shares Outstanding (EOP) Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only Premium Member Only 532.92 526.11 521.81 521.83 519.50

Competitive Comparison
* Competitive companies are chosen from companies within the same industry, with headquarter located in same country, with closest market capitalization; x-axis shows the market cap, and y-axis shows the term value; the bigger the dot, the larger the market cap.


Target Corp Distribution

* The bar in red indicates where Target Corp's Shares Outstanding (EOP) falls into.



Calculation

Shares outstanding are shares that have been authorized, issued, and purchased by investors and are held by them. They have voting rights and represent ownership in the corporation by the person that holds the shares. They should be distinguished from treasury shares, which are shares held by the corporation itself, having no exercisable rights.

Shares outstanding can be calculated as either basic or fully diluted. The fully diluted shares outstanding count includes diluting securities, such as options, warrants or convertibles.

Please note: GuruFocus named Shares Outstanding (EOP) is the shares for that end of period. It is usually used to calculate balance sheet related items, such as Book Value per Share, etc. While Shares Outstanding (Diluted Average) and Shares Outstanding (Basic Average) are the weighted average shares over a period of time (a year, a quarter, or so). They are usually used to calculate income statement or cashflow statement related items, such as Earnings per Share (Diluted), etc.


Explanation

A company may buy back shares or issue shares in any fiscal period. If a company buys back shares, we should observe that the total number of shares decline. If the company issues new shares, the number of shares outstanding increases.

If a company buys back shares, we should also observe negative number for Net Issuance of Stock in its cash flow statement. If a company issues shares, we will observe positive number of Net Issuance of Stock.

Usually the presence of treasury shares and a history of buyback are good indicators that company has competitive advantage. But studies have shown that companies usually buy back at wrong time. Buying back shares below its intrinsic value increases value for remaining shareholders. Buying back overvalued shares destroys value for existing shareholders.


Be Aware

Warren Buffett looks for consistency and upward long term trend. Because of share repurchase it is possible for net earnings trend to differ from EPS trend. He preferred net income over EPS. The companies with durable competitive advantage companies report higher % net earnings to total revenues.

Important: If a company is showing net earnings history greater than 20% on total revenues, it is probably benefiting from a long term competitive advantage.

If net earnings is less than 10%, likely to be in a highly competitive business.


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