Traders purchased shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on weakness during trading on Friday. $155.50 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $50.06 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $105.44 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Wal-Mart Stores had the 7th highest net in-flow for the day. Wal-Mart Stores traded down ($0.27) for the day and closed at $72.97

WMT has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. upped their price objective on Wal-Mart Stores from $62.00 to $66.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 6th. Morgan Stanley set a $63.00 price objective on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, May 9th. Vetr upgraded Wal-Mart Stores from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $75.48 price objective for the company in a research report on Thursday, June 23rd. Nomura set a $70.00 price objective on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 28th. Finally, Northcoast Research downgraded Wal-Mart Stores from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 12th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-three have given a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. Wal-Mart Stores has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $69.12.

The company has a market capitalization of $227.42 billion and a P/E ratio of 16.13. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $72.68 and its 200-day moving average price is $68.68.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last announced its earnings results 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 company earned $115.90 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $112.68 billion. Wal-Mart Stores’s revenue for the quarter was up .9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $1.03 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will post $4.26 earnings per share for the current 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.

Other large investors have modified their holdings of the company. Moors & Cabot Inc. raised its stake 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 raised its stake 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 raised its stake 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. Meridian Investment Counsel Inc. raised its stake 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. Finally, SVA Plumb Wealth Management LLC raised its stake 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 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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