Investors bought shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on weakness during trading hours 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 equities 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

A number of research firms recently weighed in on WMT. Royal Bank Of Canada began coverage on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a report on Monday, May 2nd. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $66.00 price objective on the stock. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a report on Sunday, May 22nd. Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a report on Sunday, May 22nd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a report on Tuesday, May 17th. Finally, Cowen and Company reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $70.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a report on Monday, June 6th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-three have assigned a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $69.12.

The stock has a 50 day moving average of $72.68 and a 200 day moving average of $68.68. The company has a market cap of $227.42 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.13.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 19th. The retailer reported $0.98 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.88 by $0.10. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.03 earnings per share. The business earned $115.90 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $112.68 billion. Wal-Mart Stores’s revenue for the quarter was up .9% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts expect that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will post $4.26 EPS for the current year.

In related news, major shareholder Jim C. Walton sold 1,450,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, June 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.39, for a total value of $103,515,500.00. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director S Robson Walton sold 478,158 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.60, for a total value of $34,236,112.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 1,987,604 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $142,312,446.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Montag A & Associates Inc. boosted its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 5.7% in the fourth quarter. Montag A & Associates Inc. now owns 48,571 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $2,977,000 after buying an additional 2,600 shares during the last quarter. Airain ltd boosted its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 35.0% in the fourth quarter. Airain ltd now owns 65,392 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $4,009,000 after buying an additional 16,936 shares during the last quarter. KBC Group NV boosted its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. KBC Group NV now owns 211,985 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $12,994,000 after buying an additional 1,617 shares during the last quarter. Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc. boosted its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 3.9% in the fourth quarter. Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc. now owns 113,967 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $6,986,000 after buying an additional 4,242 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Morningstar Investment Services LLC boosted its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 74.4% in the fourth quarter. Morningstar Investment Services LLC now owns 200,850 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $12,312,000 after buying an additional 85,652 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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