Investors bought shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on weakness during trading hours on Thursday. $138.41 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $70.02 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $68.39 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Wal-Mart Stores had the 3rd highest net in-flow for the day. Wal-Mart Stores traded down ($0.29) for the day and closed at $73.53

Several analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Royal Bank Of Canada assumed coverage on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. They set an “underperform” rating and a $66.00 target price on the stock. Robert W. Baird restated a “buy” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Sunday, May 22nd. Citigroup Inc. restated a “hold” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Sunday, May 22nd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Finally, Bank of America Corp. restated a “neutral” rating and set a $72.00 target price on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Saturday, June 25th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-two have assigned a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $69.02.

The stock has a market capitalization of $230.13 billion and a P/E ratio of 16.32. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $71.45 and its 200-day moving average price is $67.53.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 19th. The retailer reported $0.98 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.88 by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $115.90 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $112.68 billion. The company’s revenue was up .9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned $1.03 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will post $4.26 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, EVP Rosalind G. Brewer sold 10,794 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, June 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.65, for a total value of $773,390.10. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 285,749 shares in the company, valued at approximately $20,473,915.85. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, Director S Robson Walton sold 971,842 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, June 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.29, for a total transaction of $69,282,616.18. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 1,987,604 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $141,696,289.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors recently modified their holdings of the stock. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS boosted its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 1.1% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 102,507 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $6,284,000 after buying an additional 1,116 shares during the last quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc boosted its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 4.5% in the fourth quarter. CIBC Asset Management Inc now owns 476,666 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $29,220,000 after buying an additional 20,627 shares during the last quarter. GAM Holding AG boosted its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 98.6% in the fourth quarter. GAM Holding AG now owns 528,839 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $32,418,000 after buying an additional 262,580 shares during the last quarter. Argus Investors Counsel Inc. boosted its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 11.6% in the fourth quarter. Argus Investors Counsel Inc. now owns 74,550 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $4,570,000 after buying an additional 7,730 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Conning Inc. boosted its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 14.2% in the fourth quarter. Conning Inc. now owns 481,196 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $29,497,000 after buying an additional 59,897 shares during the last quarter.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc is engaged in the operation of retail, wholesale and other units in various formats around the world. The Company offers an assortment of merchandise and services at everyday low prices (EDLP). The Company’s operations are conducted in three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam’s Club.

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