Shelton Capital Management lessened its position in shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) by 7.6% during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 28,064 shares of the retailer’s stock after selling 2,319 shares during the quarter. Shelton Capital Management’s holdings in Wal-Mart Stores were worth $2,193,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Thompson Davis & CO. Inc. grew its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 456.9% during 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 last quarter. Hudock Capital Group LLC grew its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 0.4% during 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 last quarter. Almanack Investment Partners LLC. purchased a new stake in Wal-Mart Stores during the 2nd quarter valued at about $149,000. Cable Hill Partners LLC grew its stake in Wal-Mart Stores by 8,165.4% during the 3rd quarter. Cable Hill Partners LLC now owns 2,149 shares of the retailer’s stock valued at $168,000 after purchasing an additional 2,123 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo LLC purchased a new stake in Wal-Mart Stores during the 3rd quarter valued at about $183,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 30.62% of the company’s stock.

Several analysts have weighed in on WMT shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Wal-Mart Stores from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 6th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $101.00 price target on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Wednesday, December 27th. Jefferies Group set a $105.00 price target on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. Barclays set a $100.00 price target on Wal-Mart Stores and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, November 13th. Finally, Vetr raised Wal-Mart Stores from a “strong sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $87.80 price objective for the company in a report on Monday, October 30th. Seventeen research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, seventeen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $100.30.

In related news, SVP David Chojnowski sold 684 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $99.29, for a total value of $67,914.36. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, insider Jacqueline P. Canney sold 2,065 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $96.99, for a total value of $200,284.35. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 19,060 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,848,629.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 12,419,588 shares of company stock valued at $1,207,333,538 in the last ninety days. 51.39% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) opened at $99.37 on Monday. The firm has a market capitalization of $294,370.00, a PE ratio of 26.43, a P/E/G ratio of 3.55 and a beta of 0.42. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has a fifty-two week low of $67.56 and a fifty-two week high of $109.98. 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 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.97 by $0.03. The company had revenue of $122.14 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations 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 quarterly revenue was up 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.98 EPS. analysts forecast that Wal-Mart Stores Inc will post 4.44 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE:WMT)

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