Traders sold shares of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) on strength during trading hours on Monday. $132.20 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $172.88 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $40.68 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Wal-Mart Stores had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Wal-Mart Stores traded up $0.85 for the day and closed at $100.87

Several brokerages recently issued reports on WMT. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Wal-Mart Stores from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $114.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Saturday. Goldman Sachs Group set a $115.00 price objective on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Stephens set a $117.00 price objective on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Vetr upgraded Wal-Mart Stores from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $104.38 price objective on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, Telsey Advisory Group lowered their price objective on Wal-Mart Stores from $108.00 to $96.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research note on Friday, November 17th. Eighteen research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $99.98.

The stock has a market capitalization of $300,390.00, a PE ratio of 26.96, a P/E/G ratio of 3.71 and a beta of 0.37. The company has a quick ratio of 0.19, a current ratio of 0.81 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 16th. The retailer reported $1.00 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.97 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $122.14 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $120.23 billion. Wal-Mart Stores had a return on equity of 16.92% and a net margin of 2.31%. Wal-Mart Stores’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.98 EPS. research analysts forecast that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will post 4.44 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Wal-Mart Stores announced that its board has approved a share buyback program on Tuesday, October 10th that allows the company to buyback $20.00 billion in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization allows the retailer to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are generally an indication that the company’s board of directors believes its shares are undervalued.

In other Wal-Mart Stores news, EVP John R. Furner sold 1,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $99.29, for a total transaction of $119,148.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 48,757 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,841,082.53. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director S Robson Walton sold 826,617 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $96.39, for a total value of $79,677,612.63. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 3,345,065 shares in the company, valued at approximately $322,430,815.35. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 12,419,588 shares of company stock worth $1,207,333,538. 51.39% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of WMT. Winfield Associates Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 5.8% in the 2nd quarter. Winfield Associates Inc. now owns 1,373 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $104,000 after purchasing an additional 75 shares during the period. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 3.3% in the 2nd quarter. Genovese Burford & Brothers Wealth & Retirement Plan Management LLC now owns 1,429 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $108,000 after purchasing an additional 45 shares during the period. Thompson Davis & CO. Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 456.9% in the 2nd quarter. Thompson Davis & CO. Inc. now owns 1,526 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $115,000 after purchasing an additional 1,252 shares during the period. Hudock Capital Group LLC lifted its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 0.4% in the 2nd quarter. Hudock Capital Group LLC now owns 1,847 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $139,000 after purchasing an additional 7 shares during the period. Finally, Kistler Tiffany Companies LLC lifted its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 124.2% in the 2nd quarter. Kistler Tiffany Companies LLC now owns 1,910 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $145,000 after purchasing an additional 1,058 shares during the period. 30.58% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Wal-Mart Stores Company Profile

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc is engaged in the operation of retail, wholesale and other units in various formats around the world. The Company operates through three segments: Walmart U.S., Walmart International and Sam’s Club. The Walmart U.S. segment includes its mass merchant concept in the United States operating under the Walmart or Wal-Mart brands, as well as digital retail.

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