Morning Runner: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)

Morning Runner: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)

Price targets show what analysts believes a stock will be worth at the end of a certain time period. WALTON JIM C also sold $314.12 million worth of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) shares. The share last price represents downtick move of -1.39% in value from company's 52-Week high price and shows 24.13% above change in value from its 52-Week low price. Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. bought a new stake in Wal-Mart Stores during the third quarter worth about $104,000. They expect $0.96 earnings per share, down 2.04% or $0.02 from last year's $0.98 per share. Finally, TLP Group LLC purchased a new stake in Wal-Mart Stores during the third quarter valued at about $128,000. Crossvault Capital Management LLC now owns 12,915 shares of the retailer's stock worth $931,000 after buying an additional 2,075 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Denali Advisors LLC increased its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 11.0% in the third quarter. Payden & Rygel now owns 141,520 shares of the retailer's stock valued at $10,206,000 after buying an additional 15,300 shares during the period.

News coverage about Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) has trended somewhat positive this week, AlphaOne Sentiment reports. With a 30-days average daily volume of 6,803,174 shares, the number of days required to cover the short positions stand at 5.5 days.

Wal-Mart is letting online customers in China order from its Sam's Club stores in the USA for the first time to cater to China's increasingly affluent, well-traveled shoppers. The company's 50 day moving average price is $74.04 and its 200-day moving average price is $70.70. The company has a market capitalization of $231.39 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.42 and a beta of 0.09.

EPS in next five year years is expected to touch 5.03% while EPS growth in past 5 year was -0.60% along with sales growth of 1.70% in the last five years. The retailer reported $1.30 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $1.29 by $0.01. It has a return on equity (ROE) of 17.80%. The company announced actual earnings per share of $1.3 against the consensus Street estimate of $1.29. The business's revenue for the quarter was up.8% on a year-over-year basis. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th will be given a dividend of $0.51 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 6th. The stock's Dividend Yield stands at 2.69%. Wal-Mart Stores's payout ratio is 43.48%. Asset Planning Services Ltd. increased its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 0.7% in the first quarter. The Walmart International segment consists of the Company's operations outside of the United States, including various retail Websites.

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WMT has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Analysts on average have given a price target of $74.56 to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. stock. MKM Partners set a $72.00 price objective on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a "hold" rating in a research note on Saturday, February 18th. They issued a "positive" rating and a $80.00 price objective on the stock.

Cornercap Investment Counsel Inc decreased Wal (WMT) stake by 6.75% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have issued a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company's stock. Wal-Mart Stores now has an average rating of "Hold" and an average target price of $76.73. A P/B ratio of less than 1.0 can indicate that a stock is undervalued, while a ratio of greater than 1.0 may indicate that a stock is overvalued. The average volume stands around 8.3 million shares. Following the sale, the insider now owns 10,507,127 shares of the company's stock, valued at $756,408,072.73. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Its share price has risen 12.87% in three months and is down -0.37% for the last five trades.

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