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TJX's Growth Story Is One Of The Best In Retail

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TJX's Growth Story Is One Of The Best In Retail

Retail investors looking to invest in a growth story have few options. One of the options available, at least according to Paul Lejuez of Citi is TJX Companies Inc (NYSE: TJX).

According to Lejuez, TJX showed investors in its latest earnings report that it could "hit a curveball" at a time when "others were striking out."

Specifically, the analyst cited the company's accelerating comps, traffic and gross margin, which made its first-quarter print "even stronger" than the prior quarter.

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Lejuez reaffirmed a belief that weakness seen in department stores does not signal a problem with the consumer. In fact, the analyst suggested that department stores are "structurally challenged," given an ongoing shift in consumer spending toward off-price stores, like TJX.

"For perspective, the increase in 1Q sales dollars at MarMaxx and HomeGoods more than offset the dollars lost by Macy's," the analyst stated. "We believe the differences in the models are getting more pronounced, as TJX's sales and gross profit dollars have accelerated over the past couple of qtrs, while the dept store have seen the opposite occur."

Shares of TJX remain Buy rated with an unchanged $88 price target and the stock also represents "one of the best in retail" and a "top pick" in the space.

Latest Ratings for TJX

DateFirmActionFromTo
Feb 2021Gordon HaskettDowngradesBuyHold
Jan 2021Morgan StanleyMaintainsOverweight
Dec 2020CitigroupDowngradesBuyNeutral

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