Traders purchased shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on weakness during trading on Thursday. $69.70 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $47.50 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $22.20 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Wal-Mart Stores had the 15th highest net in-flow for the day. Wal-Mart Stores traded down ($0.08) for the day and closed at $73.24

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on WMT shares. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a report on Sunday, May 22nd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Monday, June 6th. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $85.00 price objective (up previously from $82.00) on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Wednesday, July 20th. Barclays PLC reissued an “equal weight” rating and issued a $70.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Tuesday, June 7th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reissued an “equal weight” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Wednesday, May 25th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-three have assigned a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Wal-Mart Stores presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $69.12.

The stock has a market capitalization of $228.26 billion and a PE ratio of 16.19. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $72.62 and a 200-day moving average price of $68.62.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 19th. The retailer reported $0.98 earnings per share (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 analysts’ expectations of $112.68 billion. The business’s quarterly revenue was up .9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.03 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will post $4.26 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, EVP Rosalind G. Brewer sold 10,794 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction 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 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 through the SEC website. Also, Director S Robson Walton sold 971,842 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction 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 in the company, valued at $141,696,289.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. 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 in 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 in 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 in the last quarter. 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 in the last quarter. Finally, SVA Plumb Wealth Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 422.9% in the fourth quarter. SVA Plumb Wealth Management LLC now owns 25,354 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $1,554,000 after buying an additional 20,505 shares in 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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