Investors purchased shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on weakness during trading on Wednesday. $97.83 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $65.82 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $32.01 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Wal-Mart Stores had the 25th highest net in-flow for the day. Wal-Mart Stores traded down ($0.19) for the day and closed at $72.94

Several equities analysts have commented on WMT shares. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. upped their price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores from $62.00 to $66.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 6th. Robert W. Baird set a $70.00 target price on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 14th. Independent Research GmbH set a $72.00 target price on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, April 15th. Nomura set a $70.00 target price on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 28th. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada assumed coverage on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $66.00 target price for the company. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-three have issued a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Wal-Mart Stores has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $69.80.

The firm’s 50-day moving average is $72.88 and its 200 day moving average is $68.96. The company has a market cap of $227.33 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.12.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last announced its quarterly 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 analysts’ expectations of $112.68 billion. During the same period last year, the firm earned $1.03 earnings per share. Wal-Mart Stores’s revenue for the quarter was up .9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will post $4.27 earnings per share for the current year.

In other 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 transaction of $103,515,500.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Rosalind G. Brewer sold 10,794 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, June 29th. The shares were 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 in the company, valued at $20,473,915.85. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several institutional investors have bought and sold shares of the stock. Pinnacle Associates Ltd. boosted its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 7.9% in the fourth quarter. Pinnacle Associates Ltd. now owns 33,036 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $2,025,000 after buying an additional 2,420 shares during the period. Private Advisor Group LLC boosted its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 16.7% in the fourth quarter. Private Advisor Group LLC now owns 46,871 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $2,873,000 after buying an additional 6,693 shares during the period. Moors & Cabot Inc. boosted its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 2.8% in the fourth quarter. Moors & Cabot Inc. now owns 18,659 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $1,137,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the period. Boltwood Capital Management boosted its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 2.6% in the fourth quarter. Boltwood Capital Management now owns 19,494 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $1,195,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the period. Finally, Nuance Investments LLC boosted its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 44.2% in the fourth quarter. Nuance Investments LLC now owns 514,813 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $31,558,000 after buying an additional 157,770 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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