Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) CEO C Douglas Mcmillon sold 75,063 shares of Wal-Mart Stores stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.08, for a total transaction of $5,185,352.04. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (NYSE:WMT) traded up 1.01% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $70.83. 7,442,950 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock has a market cap of $218.79 billion, a PE ratio of 15.36 and a beta of 0.10. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $69.51 and its 200-day moving average price is $71.18. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has a one year low of $58.32 and a one year high of $75.19.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, November 17th. The retailer reported $0.98 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.96 by $0.02. Wal-Mart Stores had a return on equity of 17.71% and a net margin of 2.98%. The business earned $118.20 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $118.69 billion. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.03 EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up .5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will post $4.34 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT)

A number of analysts have recently commented on WMT shares. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $77.00 price target (up from $68.00) on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Tuesday, August 2nd. Morgan Stanley set a $73.00 price target on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 3rd. Vetr downgraded shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $76.24 price objective on the stock. in a report on Monday, August 8th. Jefferies Group set a $85.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 9th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. set a $71.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, August 15th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seventeen have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $74.96.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Vigilant Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores by 1,270.0% in the second quarter. Vigilant Capital Management LLC now owns 1,370 shares of the retailer’s stock worth $100,000 after buying an additional 1,270 shares during the last quarter. Livingston Group Asset Management CO operating as Southport Capital Management acquired a new stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores during the second quarter worth about $100,000. Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. acquired a new stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores during the third quarter worth about $104,000. Americafirst Capital Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores during the second quarter worth about $106,000. Finally, Seven Eight Capital LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores during the second quarter worth about $111,000. 29.88% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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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 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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