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Forget government numbers. Target (TGT) may just be the best barometer of economic behavior in this country. With customers that have a higher median income than Wal-Mart (WMT), about $150 million worth of merchandise sold per day and stores that blanket 47 of the 50 states, Target, the second-biggest discount retailer, could be the number one economic indicator.

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The Target Factor

Target’s earnings were good, Jeff Macke says. They weren’t too exciting but they hit estimates and show that neither the economy nor the consumer is dead.

Wal-Mart misses estimates constantly and blames it on others which is what is giving its earnings less credence these days, Jeff says, but Target is a “good merchant” that puts out consistent numbers that show the consumer is not rolling over just yet.


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