Investors sold shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on strength during trading on Monday. $50.86 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $94.11 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $43.25 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Wal-Mart Stores had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Wal-Mart Stores traded up $0.20 for the day and closed at $73.75

A number of equities research analysts have recently issued reports on WMT shares. Nomura Holdings Inc. set a $70.00 target price on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, April 28th. Robert W. Baird set a $70.00 price target on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 14th. Vetr cut shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $73.26 price target on the stock. in a research report on Tuesday, May 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $78.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, May 24th. Finally, Jefferies Group raised shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price target for the company from $60.00 to $82.00 in a research report on Monday, June 6th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-three have given a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Wal-Mart Stores has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $69.12.

The company has a market capitalization of $229.85 billion and a PE ratio of 16.30. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $72.42 and a 200 day moving average of $68.47.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 19th. The retailer reported $0.98 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.88 by $0.10. The firm earned $115.90 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $112.68 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.03 EPS. Wal-Mart Stores’s revenue was up .9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts anticipate that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will post $4.26 EPS for the current year.

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

Several institutional investors recently modified their holdings of WMT. Moors & Cabot Inc. boosted its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 2.8% in the fourth quarter. Moors & Cabot Inc. now owns 18,659 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $1,137,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Boltwood Capital Management boosted its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. Boltwood Capital Management now owns 19,494 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $1,195,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Parsons Capital Management Inc. RI boosted its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. Parsons Capital Management Inc. RI now owns 19,717 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $1,209,000 after buying an additional 416 shares during the last quarter. Point View Wealth Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 80.0% in the fourth quarter. Point View Wealth Management Inc. now owns 22,689 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $1,391,000 after buying an additional 10,082 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Meridian Investment Counsel Inc. boosted its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 2.9% in the fourth quarter. Meridian Investment Counsel Inc. now owns 25,040 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $1,535,000 after buying an additional 705 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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