Investors sold shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on strength during trading hours on Monday. $59.35 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $100.36 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $41.01 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 $0.81 for the day and closed at $73.78

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on WMT. Northcoast Research downgraded shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 12th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $67.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a report on Tuesday, July 12th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a report on Wednesday, July 6th. Vetr raised shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $75.48 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, June 23rd. Finally, Bank of America Corp. reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and set a $72.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a report on Saturday, June 25th. Four 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 issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $69.12.

The firm’s 50-day moving average is $72.75 and its 200-day moving average is $68.84. The company has a market capitalization of $229.95 billion and a PE ratio of 16.31.

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

In other Wal-Mart Stores news, Director S Robson Walton sold 478,158 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.60, for a total transaction of $34,236,112.80. Following the transaction, the director now owns 1,987,604 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $142,312,446.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Rosalind G. Brewer sold 10,794 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.65, for a total transaction of $773,390.10. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 285,749 shares in the company, valued at approximately $20,473,915.85. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors have bought and sold shares of the stock. Argus Investors Counsel Inc. increased its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 11.6% in the fourth quarter. Argus Investors Counsel Inc. now owns 74,550 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $4,570,000 after buying an additional 7,730 shares during the period. Seizert Capital Partners LLC increased its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 16.7% in the fourth quarter. Seizert Capital Partners LLC now owns 450,453 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $27,613,000 after buying an additional 64,473 shares during the period. Wellington Shields Capital Management LLC increased its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 13.0% in the fourth quarter. Wellington Shields Capital Management LLC now owns 26,000 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $1,594,000 after buying an additional 3,000 shares during the period. GAM Holding AG increased its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 98.6% in the fourth quarter. GAM Holding AG now owns 528,839 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $32,418,000 after buying an additional 262,580 shares during the period. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 101,492,685 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $6,221,501,000 after buying an additional 2,355,751 shares during the period.

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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