Analysts Review on: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT)

Institutional investors own 29.69% of the company's stock. The correct version of this piece can be viewed at BKS Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Wal-Mart Stores during the third quarter valued at approximately $110,000. Moreover, Thompson Davis has 0.03% invested in Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) for 274 shares. The retailer reported $1.30 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.29 by $0.01. Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors LLC increased its position in Wal-Mart Stores by 27.2% in the third quarter. WealthTrust Arizona LLC now owns 2,549 shares of the retailer's stock valued at $184,000 after buying an additional 13 shares in the last quarter.

Is Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) regaining its dominance in the brick-and-mortar retail world?

The companies 50 day moving average is 70.6 and its 200 day moving average is 69.77.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT) hasn't received too much love from Wall Street analysts as of late, but one firm has finally stepped up today with an upgrade of the retail superpower. Wal-Mart Stores had a return on equity of 17.71% and a net margin of 2.98%. The company's quarterly revenue was up.8% compared to the same quarter previous year. For the Current Quarter, 28 analysts are projecting the mean EPS to be $0.97/share.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Stockholders of record on Friday, December 8th will be issued a $0.51 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, December 6th.

The stock now has its Annual Dividend of $2.04 and an annual Dividend Yield of 2.85 Percent. Wal-Mart Stores's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 43.48%.

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A number of other hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of WMT.

The firm thinks the large investment by Wal-Mart in technology is starting to pay off and expects other SG&A expenses to start leveling off. Wal-Mart is also seen picking up more market share in grocery as it dominates on prices.

FBR & Co. maintained a market-perform rating but hiked its price target on the media and entertainment company to 116 from 113.

The advance by Wal-Mart comes after Telsey Advisory Group upgraded its rating on the company's stock to Outperform from Market Perform. Vetr lowered shares of Wal-Mart Stores from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating and set a $73.85 price objective for the a research note on Tuesday, December 13th. Ratings and estimates change daily and thus the numbers may differ slightly if a new report has been issued within the last 24-hours. Using this scale, a 1 would represent a Strong Buy, and a 5 rating would indicate a Strong Sell rating.

The 52 week high of shares in Wal-Mart Stores Inc is 75.19 while the 52 week low for the company's shares is 62.72. The shares were sold at an average price of $71.99, for a total transaction of $264,012,022.57.

In other news, insider Rosalind G. Brewer sold 32,350 shares of the company's stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 5th. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

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