Traders sold shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on strength during trading on Wednesday. $100.33 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $123.14 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $22.81 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Wal-Mart Stores had the 19th highest net out-flow for the day. Wal-Mart Stores traded up $0.91 for the day and closed at $73.95

Several research firms recently commented on WMT. Northcoast Research cut Wal-Mart Stores from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 12th. Morgan Stanley restated a “hold” rating and set a $67.00 target price on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Tuesday, July 12th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Wednesday, July 6th. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “hold” rating and set a $77.00 target price (up from $68.00) on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Tuesday, August 2nd. Finally, Vetr cut Wal-Mart Stores from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $76.24 target price for the company. in a research report on Monday. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-four have given a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $69.83.

The stock has a market cap of $230.48 billion and a PE ratio of 16.35. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $73.22 and a 200-day moving average price of $69.32.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 19th. The retailer reported $0.98 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.88 by $0.10. The company had revenue of $115.90 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $112.68 billion. The business’s revenue was up .9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.03 EPS. Analysts predict that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will post $4.27 earnings per share for the current year.

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

Several hedge funds recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Moors & Cabot Inc. increased its stake 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 in the last quarter. Boltwood Capital Management increased its stake 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 in the last quarter. Parsons Capital Management Inc. RI increased 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 during the period. Meridian Investment Counsel Inc. increased 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 during the period. Finally, SVA Plumb Wealth Management LLC increased 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 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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