With millions of students heading back to school in just weeks, it’s time to pick up bargain retail stocks, including Target (TGT).

For one, consumers are expected to spend up to $41.5 billion for back to school gear, which should pass the $37.1 billion spent in 2021. Back to school college spending could hit $94 billion, about $20 billion more than last year, according to the National Retail Federation.

“Back-to-class shopping is one of the most important consumer shopping occasions of the year. Our research for 2023 shows American consumers are eager to jump start their back-to-school and college purchases early,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a press release on the survey. “Retailers have been preparing for months to ensure they are well stocked with essential items that families and students need for the school year.”

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With Target, around July-August 2020, the stock exploded from about $120 to $187. Then, starting in June 2021, TGT ran from about $219 to $255.  In 2022, around the same time, TGT ran from about $135 to $180.  This year, after the stock gapped lower, we expect to see a similar move.

Plus, as we wait for TGT to recover, we can collect its current yield of 3.21%.  Even better, the company is showing signs of life again.  And once it gets beyond its inventory issues, the company and its stock could come back strong with back to school season already here, and with holiday shopping season creeping up on us already.


Ian Cooper