The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz reminds investors of the upcoming May 30, 2023 deadline to file a lead plaintiff motion in the class action filed on behalf of investors who acquired Target Corporation (“Target” or the “Company”) (NYSE: TGT) common stock between August 18, 2021 and May 17, 2022, inclusive (the “Class Period”).
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On May 18, 2022, Target released its first quarter 2021 financial results, disclosing that the Company’s revenue had declined by nearly 19%, while its gross margin had fallen by 4.3%. The Company explained that its practice of ordering inventory before it was needed, while previously considered “durable” and “flexible,” had now resulted in overstocked, unsellable inventory, taking up space and leaving Target unable to quickly pivot to meet changing consumer preferences and with an inventory increase of nearly $1.1 billion over the previous quarter. Furthermore, the Company stated that it expected the excess inventory to negatively affect earnings into the next quarter.
On this news, Target’s stock price fell $53.67, or 24.9%, to close at $161.61 per share on May 18, 2022, thereby injuring investors.
The complaint filed in this class action alleges that throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and/or misleading statements, as well as failed to disclose material adverse facts about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects. Specifically, Defendants failed to disclose to investors: (1) the true extent of Target's difficulty maintaining a balanced inventory of in-demand goods, despite its insights into changing consumer preferences; (2) that Target was severely impacted by changing consumer preferences; (3) that Target's inventory mix was significantly more sensitive to changing consumer preferences due to Target's practice of buying larger quantities ahead of season, and was therefore at significant risk of having to use markdowns to sell out-of-demand goods; and (4) that, as a direct result of these changing preferences, Target's inventory increasingly became out-of-balance and overweight in bulky and unsellable goods throughout the Class Period forcing Target to markdown its out-of-demand goods, thereby negatively impacting revenue; and (5) as a result, Defendants’ positive statements about the Company’s business, operations, and prospects were materially misleading and/or lacked a reasonable basis at all relevant times.
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If you purchased or otherwise acquired Target common stock during the Class Period, you may move the Court no later than May 30, 2023 to request appointment as lead plaintiff in this putative class action lawsuit. To be a member of the class action you need not take any action at this time; you may retain counsel of your choice or take no action and remain an absent member of the class action. If you wish to learn more about this class action, or if you have any questions concerning this announcement or your rights or interests with respect to the pending class action lawsuit, please contact Frank R. Cruz, of The Law Offices of Frank R. Cruz, 1999 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1100, Los Angeles, California 90067 at 310-914-5007, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our website at www.frankcruzlaw.com. If you inquire by email please include your mailing address, telephone number, and number of shares purchased.
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