Target's data breach means that as many as 40 million consumers' credit and debit cards could be in the hands of identity thieves -- just in time for the holidays. It's a dump truck of coal for Target shoppers, but what does it mean for shareholders? In the lead story from Motley Fool Investor Beat, analysts Jason Moser and David Hanson explain what Target investors should really be worried about this holiday season and how the embattled retailer can keep a PR nightmare from impacting the bottom line.

More Foolishness
To learn about two retailers with especially good prospects, take a look at The Motley Fool's special free report: "The Death of Wal-Mart: The Real Cash Kings Changing the Face of Retail." In it, you'll see how these two cash kings are able to consistently outperform and how they're planning to ride the waves of retail's changing tide. You can access it by clicking here.

The article Target Data Breach: What Does It Mean for Shareholders? originally appeared on Fool.com.

Alison Southwick and David Hanson have no position in any stocks mentioned. Jason Moser owns shares of Amazon.com. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Amazon.com. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

Copyright © 1995 - 2013 The Motley Fool, LLC. All rights reserved. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


Increase your money and finance knowledge from home

Reading a Stock Quote

Learn to read the ingredients of a stock.

View Course »

What are Penny Stocks

The lucrative and dangerous world of penny stocks.

View Course »

Add a Comment

*0 / 3000 Character Maximum