Windward Capital Management Co. CA increased its stake in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) by 46.1% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 15,618 shares of the retailer’s stock after acquiring an additional 4,931 shares during the quarter. Windward Capital Management Co. CA’s holdings in Wal-Mart Stores were worth $1,542,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Thompson Davis & CO. Inc. increased 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 in the last quarter. Hudock Capital Group LLC increased 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 in the last quarter. Almanack Investment Partners LLC. purchased a new position in Wal-Mart Stores during the 2nd quarter worth $149,000. Cable Hill Partners LLC boosted its holdings 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 worth $168,000 after acquiring an additional 2,123 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Moisand Fitzgerald Tamayo LLC purchased a new position in Wal-Mart Stores during the 3rd quarter worth $183,000. Institutional investors own 30.45% of the company’s stock.

WMT has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Citigroup raised shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their price objective for the stock from $106.00 to $117.00 in a report on Tuesday, December 19th. Goldman Sachs Group raised shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, January 18th. Wells Fargo & Co set a $101.00 price objective on shares of Wal-Mart Stores and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. Wolfe Research raised shares of Wal-Mart Stores from an “underperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $114.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Saturday, January 13th. Seventeen analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $100.30.

In other Wal-Mart Stores news, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 1,002,210 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $96.23, for a total transaction of $96,442,668.30. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 6,748,580 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $649,415,853.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, major shareholder Alice L. Walton sold 2,900,679 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $97.82, for a total transaction of $283,744,419.78. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 6,748,580 shares in the company, valued at $660,146,095.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 12,419,588 shares of company stock worth $1,207,333,538. Insiders own 51.39% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) opened at $101.70 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $301,270.00, a PE ratio of 27.05, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.56 and a beta of 0.42. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has a fifty-two week low of $67.76 and a fifty-two week high of $109.98. The company has a current ratio of 0.81, a quick ratio of 0.19 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.52.

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