Investors bought shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on weakness during trading hours on Friday. $152.98 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $73.52 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $79.46 million into the stock. Of all companies tracked, Wal-Mart Stores had the highest net in-flow for the day. Wal-Mart Stores traded down ($0.34) for the day and closed at $72.50

WMT has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $66.00 target price on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, May 9th. Jefferies Group set a $86.00 target price on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, August 22nd. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $55.00 target price on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Tuesday, May 10th. RBC Capital Markets reaffirmed an “underperform” rating and set a $76.00 target price (up from $73.00) on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Friday, August 19th. Finally, Stephens set a $73.00 target price on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 19th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twenty-four have given a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Wal-Mart Stores presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $73.07.

The firm has a market cap of $225.40 billion and a PE ratio of 15.61. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $73.04 and its 200 day moving average price is $70.09.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 18th. The retailer reported $1.07 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.02 by $0.05. The business earned $120.90 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $119.33 billion. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.08 EPS. Equities analysts anticipate that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will post $4.33 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 3,142,846 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.41, for a total transaction of $227,573,478.86. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 6,748,580 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $488,664,677.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director S Robson Walton sold 478,158 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction 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 transaction, 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 institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in WMT. Baird Financial Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 186.5% in the fourth quarter. Baird Financial Group Inc. now owns 304,265 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $18,651,000 after buying an additional 198,047 shares during the period. American International Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 734.5% in the fourth quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 6,379,113 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $391,040,000 after buying an additional 5,614,652 shares during the period. Airain ltd increased its position in shares of 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 period. Flippin Bruce & Porter Inc. increased its position in shares of 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 period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 39.6% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 5,836,543 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $357,803,000 after buying an additional 1,654,378 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 operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam’s Club.

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