Traders bought shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on weakness during trading hours on Friday. $276.11 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $200.95 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $75.16 million into the stock. Of all equities tracked, Wal-Mart Stores had the 9th highest net in-flow for the day. Wal-Mart Stores traded down ($1.49) for the day and closed at $72.81

WMT has been the topic of several recent research reports. Nomura set a $70.00 price target on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 28th. Royal Bank Of Canada initiated coverage on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. They issued an “underperform” rating and a $66.00 price target on the stock. Morgan Stanley set a $63.00 price target on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday, May 9th. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a $55.00 price target on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research report on Tuesday, May 10th. Finally, Vetr raised shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $72.75 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, May 16th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-three have issued a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $71.53.

The stock has a market cap of $226.92 billion and a PE ratio of 16.09. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $73.50 and its 200-day moving average price is $69.72.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 18th. The retailer reported $1.07 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.02 by $0.05. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.08 earnings per share. The firm earned $120.90 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $119.33 billion. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up .5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts expect that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will post $4.29 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, EVP Rosalind G. Brewer sold 10,794 shares of the stock in a transaction 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 completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 285,749 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $20,473,915.85. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director S Robson Walton sold 478,158 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, June 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.60, for a total transaction of $34,236,112.80. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly 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.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in WMT. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. boosted its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 5.0% in the fourth quarter. Mitsubishi UFJ Kokusai Asset Management CO. LTD. now owns 224,967 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $13,790,000 after buying an additional 10,640 shares during the period. Advantus Capital Management Inc boosted its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 1.3% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 150,022 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $9,196,000 after buying an additional 1,987 shares during the last quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK boosted its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 12.0% in the fourth quarter. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC UK now owns 1,123,806 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $66,193,000 after buying an additional 120,660 shares during the last quarter. 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 last quarter. Finally, Green Valley Investors LLC boosted its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 6.7% in the fourth quarter. Green Valley Investors LLC now owns 3,200,000 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $196,160,000 after buying an additional 200,000 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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