Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE:WMT) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Monday. Traders bought 5,107 put options on the stock. This represents an increase of 351% compared to the average daily volume of 1,132 put options.

Shares of Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) opened at 79.00 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $79.30 and a 200 day moving average of $77.04. Wal-Mart Stores has a 52 week low of $65.28 and a 52 week high of $81.99. The company has a market cap of $235.99 billion, a P/E ratio of 18.98 and a beta of 0.29.

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, August 17th. The retailer reported $1.08 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.07 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $123.40 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $121.86 billion. Wal-Mart Stores had a net margin of 2.60% and a return on equity of 16.87%. Wal-Mart Stores’s revenue was up 2.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $1.07 EPS. Equities analysts expect that Wal-Mart Stores will post $4.37 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Wal-Mart Stores news, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 474,042 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, August 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.04, for a total value of $37,942,321.68. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 10,048,580 shares in the company, valued at approximately $804,288,343.20. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, Director S Robson Walton sold 2,117,863 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, September 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $78.45, for a total value of $166,146,352.35. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 3,344,956 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $262,411,798.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 9,924,828 shares of company stock valued at $785,676,492 over the last 90 days. 51.39% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its holdings in Wal-Mart Stores by 0.4% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 105,673,654 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $7,997,381,000 after purchasing an additional 440,343 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp boosted its holdings in Wal-Mart Stores by 1.2% in the 1st quarter. State Street Corp now owns 73,568,236 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $5,303,013,000 after purchasing an additional 854,010 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC boosted its holdings in Wal-Mart Stores by 45.3% in the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 17,982,372 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $1,360,906,000 after purchasing an additional 5,608,785 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in Wal-Mart Stores by 4.1% in the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 14,579,702 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $1,103,426,000 after purchasing an additional 580,373 shares during the last quarter. Finally, American Century Companies Inc. boosted its holdings in Wal-Mart Stores by 2.6% in the 1st quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 10,040,766 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $723,738,000 after purchasing an additional 256,833 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 30.19% of the company’s stock.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on WMT. Citigroup Inc. increased their price target on Wal-Mart Stores from $78.00 to $80.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 15th. Wells Fargo & Company reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Thursday, August 17th. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $84.00 price target on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Friday, August 18th. J P Morgan Chase & Co reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $84.00 price target (up previously from $80.00) on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Friday. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $88.00 price target on shares of Wal-Mart Stores in a research note on Wednesday, June 14th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eighteen have issued a hold rating, fourteen have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $81.58.

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About Wal-Mart Stores

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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